SAS has been conducting One Year Diploma Course in Archival Studies at professional level, recently renamed as Diploma Course in Archives and Records Management. There are four Core papers on Archives Management, Public Records Management, Conservation and Reprography, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and two optional/specialization papers on Business and Private Archives and Practices in Archives and Archival Library and Documentation. Besides four core papers, a student has to opt one optional/specialization paper as part of the Diploma Course. The curriculum also includes writing of Dissertation by the trainees on the basis of Archival Material.
Duration: The duration of the training programme is one year: The course starts in November – (November-October).
i. To produce highly competent professionals in the field of Archives records management, conservation, reprography and other related fields of Archival Science.
ii. To understand the principles and methods of description of archival materials according to standards adopted by the archival community in India and abroad and to familiarize with various perspectives concerning the nature and purpose of archival description.
iii. To impart technical know how to the students in application of information technology in the management and preservation of archival documents.
iv. To acquaint them with the records management practices
Eligibility: M.A (History) second class (with minimum 50% marks in aggregate) with one optional paper in Modern Indian History (Post 1750 AD) from recognized university.
M.A. in other streams of social sciences, i.e. Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Linguistics, etc with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university
M.Sc in applied/physical sciences with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university.
Out of total 30 seats, 10 seats are reserved for candidates having Masters Degree in History and 10 seats for post graduates in other streams i.e. M.A. in Social Sciences, M.Sc in Applied/Physical Sciences, etc and 10 seats are reserved for sponsored candidates.
Reservation: Reservation of seats as per Government of India norms for SC/ ST/ OBC persons with disability.
Financial and other form of help: Ten scholarships of the value of Rs.1500/- p.m. are awarded to the private candidates. Apart from this there is provision of six stipends @ Rs.1000/- each for sponsored candidates.
Application Fee: Application as per prescribed format alongwith attested copies of Educational qualifications and Rs.100/- (applicants from India and SAARC countries) and US$40 (for foreign applicants) through crossed Indian Postal Orders/ Bank Draft in favour of Administrative Officer, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi 110001, as Registration fee for both private and sponsored candidates to be sent to the Director General of Archives, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi-110001. Sponsored candidates should apply through proper channel.
Course Fee: Rs.1500/-(for Indian candidates and for applicants from SAARC countries) or US$500 (for foreign candidates other than SAARC countries) to be paid at the time of admission and is non-refundable.
Application Form: As per prescribed format.
List of enclosures/ documents: Attested photocopies of all the mark–sheets, certificates, degrees upto post-graduate level alongwith copy of birth certificate are to be enclosed with the application form.
Submission of Application: Every year the admission notice of the course is published in the Employment News in the month of August alongwith full details and format of application form.
Selection Procedure: Total seats are 30. For 20 seats meant for private candidates. Admission would be made through a written test followed by an interview. Admission is made purely on merit basis. For sponsored candidate there is no entrance test and they are admitted purely on the basis of sponsorship of the employer/ department and recommendation of the Selection Committee.
Procedure to inform the trainee about the training schedule: Through advertisement in Employment News, telephone and postal means and also on website of National Archives of India.
List of beneficiaries of training programme: Private and Sponsored candidates from Central/ State Government Offices, State/ Business Archives and Foreign Archival Institutions.