The Mysore University library has around 100,000 manuscripts written on paper and palm leaves, which includes the 'Arthasastra' written by Kautilya.
According to an IANS report, Google is planning to digitise at least 800,000 books and manuscripts that are lying at the Mysore University in Karnataka.
The Mysore University library has around 100,000 manuscripts written on both paper and palm leaves, including India's first political treatise, the 'Arthasastra' written in the 4th century BC by Kautilya.
Commenting on the initiative, J Shashidhara Prasad, Vice Chancellor of Mysore University, said this is an effort to restore and preserve this rich cultural heritage for effective dissemination of knowledge.
The literature to be digitised is written either in Sanskrit or Kannada, and comprises manuscripts on Ayurveda, Mathematics, medicine, science, Astrology, and Economy. 'Arthasastra' and other paper manuscripts of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore are included in this.
Prasad said that the digitised versions of manuscripts would be patented depending on exclusivity, and would also be printed, once the digitisation work was over.
Reportedly, Google will be digitising these manuscripts as well as 700,000 other books free-of-cost. The idea behind digitising for free is to get free links to these materials once the necessary patenting is complete.
Google will also provide expertise, software, and manpower for the digitization work. Whereas, Mysore University is training some of its select Physics students to help in the digitisation process.
Though no time spell has been given by the university on the completion of the project, once complete, they said they would allow students, scholars, and historians from all over the country to access this vast knowledge base.