One of the long-pending demands of historians, freedom fighters, research students, and the public to have government archives here was fulfilled with the opening of the State archives regional library on Karnatak University campus here on Wednesday.
Kannada and Culture Minister C.T. Ravi inaugurated the library and the new building, nearly two years after its construction was started in 2017.
This library plays a major role in documenting historical documents, letters, and manuscripts. These important facts would be digitised and kept in the public domain. Documenting and preservation of historical facts has been taken up with an intention to provide accurate information on land and water for students taking up research works.
The archive library officials told the Minister that several historical documents here have been procured from the Pune and Mumbai archives museum. Some of the documents have been digitised while others that are in poor condition have been preserved in original form. They urged the Minister to ask the Mumbai archives to return documents and manuscripts of this region to Dharwad regional archives library.
Responding to this, Mr. Ravi assured of taking up this matter with Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa.