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Arabic Institute in Tonk in Rajasthan is the premier Indian institute engaged in promotion and furtherance of Arabic and Persian studies. This institute was established by the Government of Rajasthan in 1978 with the main objective of conserving and preserving the sources of Persian and Arabic manuscripts available in Rajasthan. This Institute has earned international repute because of its aims, objectives and achievements.

Some of the important and historical manuscripts are displayed in a separate hall with the name of “Display Hall”. Namda calligraphy, art of charming photography, collection of postage stamps etc. are displayed in an Art Gallery started in 2002. Calligraphy on human hair, pulse, rice and sesame along with the lines written inside the transparent glass bottles are main attractions for many visitors.

The Institute, from its existence is continue to organize seminars, symposia etc. highlighting the topics of national importance such as national integration, communal harmony etc. The papers presented in the seminars become the source of our publications to get an annual issue of the research Journal of the Institute.The Institute also holds Mushairas, Char Baits and Qawwalis as a token of cultural programme.

The Government of Rajasthan is also running a One Year Manuscriptalogy Course in the Institute. A Manuscriptalogy Class contains 10 students every year in which per student is paid Rs. 500/- per month just to strengthen the work of deciphering and consultation of the extinct languages of Arabic and Persian subsequently a team of such persons who can read and decipher old and undecipherable manuscripts, coins, seals etc. can be available to sister departments or the persons in need and also to decipher the documents in the courts etc. alongwith to know the kind of paper and ink also.

The Institute encourages all the scholars and provides to them each and every facility in their research pursuits. Various activities as the editing and translating of manuscripts, cataloguing, classification and calendaring of printed books and the work of preparation of Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hindi and English hand lists for ready reference etc. are all in progress.

The Institute by displaying the beautiful specimens of its rare art of calligraphy attracts the visitors. Different artifacts are exhibited by establishing a separate Art Gallery. The work of translation, transcription and publication is also in progress.

Just to preserve and conserve the collections got in launching survey campaigns, the work of lamination, binding, fumigation, photostat and microfilming is got done so that the age of the books and manuscripts may get longer and longer and the source may be useful more and more for research scholars. The Institute participates in the national and international Book Fairs organized by various States in India where too the Institute exhibits and sells its publications.