Old is gold

MODERNITY meets tradition at the General Informations Service Terminal-National Informatics Centre (gistnic) -- a database on traditional science and technologies of India -- located at the National Informatics Centre (NIC), New Delhi. Here, information on disciplines, ranging from Indian medicine to ancient agricultural practices, can be accessed. This knowledge has been gleaned from literature, field surveys, research by scholars, and artisans. Rare scientific manuscripts are also being compiled for scanning and preservation. The gistnic database is the only one of its kind in the country. It is sponsored by the Government of India's Planning Commission. Interested people can approach any gistnic booth or nic-Network (NICNET) node in any district collectorate, state and Central government offices, and libraries which have the nicnet access facility.