Samskriti Foundation, Mysore .
It is estimated that there are not less than about 1 million palm leaf / hand-made-paper manuscripts, that are the source works of the Indian Knowledge systems, in various manuscript repositories (both institutional and personal) in India alone. A survey was recently conducted by different agencies to know how many of these manuscripts have been published. It was surprising to know that only about 5% of these manuscripts have been published and only about 2% of these works in the form of manuscripts are readily available in print-form. Thus, it can be safely said that most of these works dealing with Indian knowledge systems are yet to see the light of the day.It is well known that these manuscripts are written in different ancient scripts like Grantha, Sharada, Nandi-nagari,Nevari,Tigalari and so on. People who know these scripts in India are very few. Thus there is every chance that we may permanently lose the treasure of knowledge that is enshrined in these ancient manuscripts.