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Archival Advisory Board

Constitution of the Archival Advisory Board:

Extracts from Public Records Act, 1993

13.(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute an Archival Advisory Board for the purposes of this Act.

     (2) The Board shall consist of the following members, namely:-

        1. Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Central Government dealing with culture
            [Chairman ex-officio;]

        2. One officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India, each from the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
[Members ex-officio;]

        3. Two representatives not below the rank of Joint Secretary in the Union territory Administrations to be nominated by the Central Government

        4. Three persons to be nominated by the Central Government for a period not exceeding three years, one being an Archivist and two being Professors in the Post-graduate Department of History in any recognised University.

        5. Director General
       [Member-Secretary ex-officio]

  (3) The members nominated under clause (d) of sub-section (2) shall be paid such allowances as may be prescribed.


14. The Board shall perform the following functions, namely:-
      (a) advise the Central Government and Union territory Administrations on matters concerning the    
           administration, management, conservation and use of public records;
      (b) lay down guidelines for training of Archivists;
      (c) give directions for acquisition of records from private custody;deal with such other matters as may be prescribed.

Members of the Present Board:

The non-official Members of the present Archival Advisory Board were appointed vide Gazette Notification dated 27 January 2006, for a period of three years. How ever the board is being reconstituted.


The Board usually meets once in a year. So far ten Meetings of the Archival Advisory Board have been held in New Delhi on the dates given below.

I. 30 May 1997
II. 20 October 1997
III. 22 May 1998
IV. 18 May 1999
V. 1 September 2000
VI. 9 October 2001
VII. 16 January 2003
VIII. 10 November 2004
IX. 07 February 2008 and
X.  27 March 2009

XI. 18 December2013

Gazette Notification regarding the constitution of Archival Advisory Board, 26 November 2013 bearing No. 2643 

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