The National Mission for Manuscripts was established in February 2003, by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. The Mission seeks to unearth and preserve the vast manuscript wealth of India. The country possesses an estimate of five million manuscripts, probably the largest collection in the world, which constitute the 'memory' of India's history, heritage and thought. These manuscripts lie scattered across the country and beyond, in numerous institutions as well as private collections, often unattended and undocumented. The National Mission for Manuscripts aims to locate, document, preserve and render these accessible -- to connect India's past with its future, its memory with its aspirations. This is Kritisampada, the National Database of Manuscripts of India.