17 rare manuscripts found missing from PU
Chandigarh – Rare ancient manuscripts of 17th and 18th century glorifying the Sikh religion and history have been found missing from Panjab University Library and right now no one knows where these manuscripts are kept. According to sources, the missing 17 manuscripts belonged to the time when Sikh institutions were in the formation process. According to information, these were missing from library since 2015. No official in the university is in a position to tell where these precious manuscripts have been kept. The silence maintained by officials is creating doubts in the mind of stakeholders that something fishy is going on behind the closed doors. According to information, these Sikh manuscripts are very rare and were donated by a Sikh gentleman from Amritsar. This family also donated some other material to Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. The motive behind donating these manuscripts to universities was that the people who visit the libraries can benefit from the rich culture of Sikh history and follow the path shown by the Gurus.Manuscripts cannot be transferred – According to the Antiquity and Art Treasure Act, 1972, these manuscripts should be kept only in the Library of the university. These manuscripts cannot be transferred to any other place or department without the permission of the Archaeology Department. According to information, manuscripts should remain in the safe custody of the officer who has been designated this job in the Library. Presently, 1,492 rare manuscripts are there in PU Library and four archives are the oldest one in which names of Aligarh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Jamia Milia Islamia and Panjab University are included. The archives of Panjab University are the oldest ones and of rich cultural heritage.
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