office, Kolkata, seven regional centres (Port Blair, Shillong, Nagpur, Mysore, Dehradun,
Udaipur, Kolkata), one sub-regional centre (Jagadalpur), three field stations Sagar, Ranchi,
Visakhpatnam and camp office (New Delhi).
The Survey published various books, monographs, Research Reports and other occasional
publications. Survey also publishes its quarterly newsletter and biannual house journal. The
survey organizes various conferences, seminar, workshops and exhibition in collaboration with
universities and other academic institutions of the country.
Relevant Website: www.ansi.gov.in
National Archives of India
The National Archives of India is the custodian of the non-current records of the
Government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of the records creators and the users
at large. It is the biggest repository of the non-current records in south east Asia. Archives are the
priceless documentary heritage of any nation and as the premier archival institution in the
country; the National Archives of India (NAI) plays a key role in guiding and shaping the
development of archives both at the national as well as international level. In its unique position
as the sole repository of the union government for public records of the country. National
Archives of India functions as an attached office of the Ministry of Culture entrusted with the
preservation of the documentary heritage of the nation. It is also the nodal agency for the
implementation of the Public Records Act, 1993 and public records. It has one regional office at
Bhopal and three records centres at Bhubaneswar, Jaipur and Puducherry.
The major activities of the National Archives of India include: making public records
accessible to various Government agencies and research scholars; an online search portal
“www.abhilekh-patal.in” now facilitates to access records; rendering technical assistance to
individuals and institutions in the field of conservation of records; the Department through its
regular diploma courses are being conducted by the School of Archival Studies imparts training
in various disciplines of archival sciences. The National Archives of India provides financial
assistance to states/union territories, archives, voluntary organizations and other custodial
institutions for enhancing documentary heritage of the nation.
E-mail: [email protected]
Relevant Website: www.nationalarchives.nic.in
The National Library, Kolkata was originally known as the Imperial Library and was
founded in 1891. After independence the name of the Library was changed to National Library.
It enjoys the status of an institution of national importance, its functions are: (i) acquisition and
conservation of all significant printed material (to the exclusion only of ephemera) as well as of
manuscripts of national importance; (ii) collection of printed material concerning the country, no
matter where this is published (iii) rendering of bibliographical and documentary services of
current and retrospective material, both general and specialized; (iv) acting as referral centre
surveying full and accurate knowledge of all sources of bibliographical information and
participation in international bibliographical activities and (v) acting as a centre for international