Transcription and Programme Exchange Service (T&PES) has taken up a mega project of
      digitizing all the analogue content. Major steps have been taken in this direction. Resultantly,
      Akashvani has become one of the major digital libraries in the broadcasting network with
      internationally accepted norms.
      Archives Digital Library
      Radio Autobiography
            In Radio Autobiography, recordings of eminent personalities from various walks of life are
      preserved. The Central Archives of All India Radio is a rich repository of priceless recordings of
      Radio Autobiographies of renowned musicians, public figures, literatures etc. Among such
      eminent persons recorded are J R D Tata, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan and
      Dr. Verghese Kurien. With the inputs from different AIR stations, the people of eminence are
      Programme Exchange Library
            The main purpose of this unit is to exchange good quality programmes among the stations
      as per their requirements. In PEU Library approx. 8000 tapes containing the recordings of music
      and spoken word programmes are preserved for this purpose. Besides containing both music and
      spoken word items in different Indian languages, PEU Library is also preserving the language
      lessons in Bangla, English, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Sanskrit, Tamil and
      Transcription Unit
            One of the important functions of transcription unit is to transcribe the recording of
      speeches delivered by President and Prime Minister and preserve them in the form of volumes
      for posterity. Tapes containing the recording of speeches along with transcripts are received from
      various AIR stations. The bound volumes of all transcriptions are prepared and kept in the
      Refurbishing Unit
            In order to refurbish the vintage music recordings in archives refurbishing unit was installed
      some years back with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme. Hundreds of
      hours of recordings of music and voice of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, etc., were refurbished
      here. As of now this unit takes care of enhancing the audio quality of the recording being
      released by AIR and Doordarshan archives.
      External Services Division
            The cardinal role played by international/external broadcasting as an instrument of foreign
      policy and public diplomacy needs no elaboration. Due to its colonial link with England,
      broadcasting came almost simultaneously in England and India. Similarly, shortly after BBC
      started its first foreign language broadcast in Arabic in 1938 on All India Radio entered the
      domain of external broadcast on October 1, 1939 purely as a tool for propaganda for the Allies
      during the World War II with a service in Pushto language to counter the German Radio
      Blitzkrieg in the region and supplement the efforts by the BBC in this part of the world. At the