The JAINpedia project was created by the Institute of Jainology (IoJ) after the successful 2006 publication of the ‘Catalogue of the Jain Collection at the the British Library; launched at Buckingham Palace by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, the book was co-authored by Professor Nalini Balbir.
The IoJ conceived the JAINpedia project in 2007 with the vision of making the Jain collections in major UK institutions more accessible to the public. The ambitious plan opens up these important holdings through public exhibitions, events and a media-rich website featuring over 5,000 folios and original contextual material. The website is now live on www.jainpedia.org.
The project is supported by the Jain community worldwide and public donations.