Lecture on
Putting Archives in Perspective – Mr. Venkat Srinivasan

Mr. Venkat Srinivasan from The National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) a satellite center for the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) addressed the students on ”Archiving and Internship” opportunities relating to the same.

Mr. Srinivasan has made an archive of documents, which he hopes to make sense of, and to make open to the public by May 2018. It is in this context that TIFR has opened internship opportunities for students. The main objective of his team is to analyze each document from every possible angle. The two main questions to be answered are: 1. What or how do we remember? 2. Where does the story reside?

The National Center for Biological Sciences, has set up an archive of history to allow the reader to get a broader understanding of history and to facilitate interdisciplinary research. Mr.Srinivasan through the presentation explained the purpose for setting up an archive.

An archive is a way to make sense of history and is a collection of historical documents or records. The address concluded with an interactive session where Mr.Srinivasan extended an invitation to students who are interested in the project to intern with his organisation.

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