Union Culture Minister, G Kishan Reddy laid the foundation stone for the country's first digital National Museum of Epigraphy at the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad on Monday, February,5,2024. The Archaeological Survey of India is establishing the museum and about one lakh ancient inscriptions of various languages and periods of time will be placed in it. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced last year, the establishment of the Bharat Shared Repository of Inscriptions (BharatSHRI) with the digitisation of one lakh ancient inscriptions. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Reddy termed it a pivotal step in the Modi government's emphasis on "Vikas Bhi Virasat Bhi" and commitment to leverage technology to make art and heritage accessible to everyone. He said this will be a groundbreaking digital museum, opening a treasure trove of knowledge to scholars and researchers. This is not just a step towards establishing a new museum, but a giant leap forward in preserving and showcasing the invaluable legacy of inscriptions that tell the story of our nation.