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I recently sent PDL an e-mail regarding their digitisation of manuscripts from SGPC collection, this is response I got:


'Dear Onkar Singh ji

Vahguru ji ka Khalsa

Vahguru ji ki Fateh

Digitization at SGPC is still in progress. We have almost digitized all the manuscripts we were allowed to digitize. SGPC does not want some of their manuscripts to be digitized. Books and newspapers are being digitized along with manuscripts.

SGPC has many saroops of Guru Granth Sahib, details will be made available on PDL website when we upload them.

There is some error in the turning pages part of the website. We are working to rectify that. Hopefully by the end of this month we will be in a position to provide some samples.

Thank you for writing to us!

Help PDL grow, spread the word and help us locate more manuscripts.


Parminder Singh

IT Manager'


It's disappointing but expected that SGPC didn't allow all of their manuscripts to be digitised. It would be interesting to find out which documents in particular that were stopped from being digitised. Why would they do this? Sikh's can only benefit from reading as much literature as possible, especially rare manuscripts that SGPC have in their collection. Anyway, I'm thankful at least SGPC allowed PDL to digitise a portion of their collection. It's also good to hear that PDL is still actively digitising documents.

rabb rakhe

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ishvar2 ji

Yes I have sent a reply asking which manuscripts had been blocked by SGPC for digitisation. There's really no excuse for not digitising documents. No damage will be caused to documents. SGPC should learn from history, when indian gov burnt library and stole many manuscripts. Also documents can easily be stolen. At least if documents are digitised we can still view them for future reference. SGPC requires a jathedar and members that have good knowledge on gurmat, good jeevan and also should have good knowledge of current technology. Digitisation of documents should have happened long time ago.

Also in previous e-mail I asked about 'turning pages' software. As you can see from reply they are currently working on implementing this software. Once this software is implemented it will make reading documents easier and faster.

If I get a reply from PDL, I will post it.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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