Allahabad: Even as recession in the developed world casts a shadow on India’s IT exports, the country is making a mark by setting up a digital library to preserve the intellectual wealth of neighbouring SAARC countries.

As a significant step in this direction, India has agreed to a project for developing a digital library of literary, scientific and other important works of SAARC member countries.

“We have been given the responsibility of developing the digital library following a consensus among SAARC member states for promotion of educational and cultural exchange,” Director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad, (IIIT-A), M D Tiwari said.

Project

“The IIIT-A was chosen as the resource institution for the project at a high-level meeting held in New Delhi in which the ministries of External Affairs, Information Technology and Human Resource Development discussed the modalities for making the SAARC digital library a reality,” Mr. Tiwari said.

He said the project was likely to cost a modest Rs.4 crore. -PTI