December 13, 2017

Welcoming the resumption of the Myanma Encyclopaedia publication

We all citizens of Myanmar were greatly delighted at the news of the meeting for discussing about the resumption of Myanma Encyclopedia publication held at the office of Printing and Publishing Enterprise in Yangon. The news said it was attended by the Union Minister for Information Dr.Pe Myint, responsible personnel from Ministry of Information, intellectuals from Myanma Encyclopedia compilation Board and literati. It also stated that they discussed about the resumption of the Myanma Encyclopedia publication as a joint venture between Sar-Pay-Beik-Man (Palace of Literature) and Htun Foundation.
Undeniably, all Myanmar scholars, learners, intellectuals and intelligentsia have to rely on Myanma Encyclopedia whenever they need to look for or find facts about certain general knowledge or precise knowledge. We usually look some knowledge up in Myanma Encyclopedia books despite the availability of on line Wikipedia nowadays. Since we understand an encyclopedia is a bank of knowledge, it is essential to publish a constant and continuous series of Myanma Encyclopedia books with reliable and concise contents. The readers of Myanmar will be able to acquire knowledge and information and the series of Myanma Encyclopedia books should be available in the libraries across the country. Myanma Encyclopedia books still attract much wider readership in Myanmar. Even then the entire readers of Myanmar expect to read new volumes to be published with a variety of genre and updated information in the contents.
The writer of this article too has to rely on learning things or acquiring knowledge from Myanma Encyclopedia books written in Myanmar language. Myanma Encyclopedia is still attractive and helpful to those who want to acquire a variety of knowledge such as history, science, the biographies of world prominent persons etc. In Myanmar, most parents urge or guide their offspring to read Myanma Encyclopedia in order to widen their general knowledge. In fact, Myanma Encyclopaedia is as helpful as the modern on line free encyclopedia called Wikipedia. There is no educated person who does not read Myanma Encyclopedia books in Myanmar. This shows that Myanma Encyclopedia provides and helps the Myanmar scholars, learners, intellectuals, and intelligentsia in acquiring specific knowledge. Before the internet connection was introduced in Myanmar, we Myanmar citizens had to entirely rely on Myanma Encyclopedia books for acquiring general knowledge. Myanma encyclopedia books were merely reliable sources which disseminate us some knowledge related to science, arts, culture, biography of famous people etc. They are the reliable reference books for teachers, students, learners and those who are going to sit for the general knowledge test conducted by the Public Services Commission or by the governmental department recruiting staff to fill the vacancies. In other words, Myanma Encyclopedia books are very helpful for the candidates to win the general knowledge tests as well as viva voce conducted by the Public Services Commission or by the governmental departments in Myanmar.
We should be grateful to those who founded the BURMA TRANSLATION SOCIETY or SAR-PAY-BEIK-Mann in 1947. In addition, and their goodwill, wisdom and efforts in disseminating worldwide knowledge toward their citizens through translation work should be collectively recorded as a noble milestone in the country’s history.  Consequently, the citizens were able to read the translated books in mother language. It was a good chance given to the citizens to learn knowledge and gain information in mother tongue. Afterwards, BURMA TRANSLATION SOCIETY or SAR-PAY-BEIK-Mann gave birth to Myanma Encyclopedia. Next, in 1954, the first volume of Myanma Encyclopedia was published in Myanmar. Continuously, SAR-PAY-BEIK-Mann kept on publishing Myanma Encyclopedia with updates and new contents up to 1977. In that year, the fifteenth volume of Myanma Encyclopedia (the last volume) was published. The last volume of the first edition was followed by yearly updates. However, SAR-PAY-BEIK-Mann does not bring out new volumes of Myanma Encyclopedia continuously. Until now, there has been a halt for publishing new volumes of Myanma Encyclopedia book. We hope that the resumption of Myanma Encyclopedia publication could be done with the help of information technology and we Myanmar would have options to get information from on line Wikipedia in English language or from new volumes of Myanma Encyclopedia books in Myanmar language in the years to come. No matter how helpful the Wikipedia is, we never ever ignore Myanma  Encyclopedia books and their priceless contribution to our life and education as well. Myanmar readers keep a series of Myanma Encyclopedia books at home as their cherished treasure carefully. The regular readers of Myanma Encyclopedia books become knowledgeable persons. N.B. Even the erudite Myanmar scholars have to read Myanma Encyclopedia books in Myanmar indeed.
For the aforesaid reasons and true wishes, we the readers of Myanmar welcome the news of the meeting for discussing about the resumption of Myanma  Encyclopedia publication. We are looking forward to hearing the success of a joint venture between Sar-Pay-Beik-Mann  (Palace of Literature) and Htun Foundation for the resumption of Myanma  Encyclopedia publication in very near future!
Reference ; PPE

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