Education Scholarships

Direct link to the various education scholarships offered by the Government of India

List of Private NGOs offering education scholarships

Ummid Assistant

Application form for OBC & Domicile Certificate Certificates (Urdu)

Admission to UPSC Coaching Centre run by Dr Ambedkar Competitive Exam Centre (ACEC), Pune

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National

At 61, National Museum to get a facelift

Saturday, October 09, 2010 07:27:58 PM, Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS

New Delhi: Weekly regional showcases, additional display spaces, digitised state-of-the-art exhibitions, audiovisual guided tours and initiatives to involve children... hoping to be counted as amongst the best in the world, India's National Museum is getting ready for a 100-day makeover.

"The repository has embarked on a rejuvenation programme to reach out to the maximum number of people," the museum's administrator, C.V. Ananda Bose, told IANS.

The revival package beginning Oct 25 will become part of the activity roster of the 61-year-old museum after its completion. The museum has 200,000 collectables, some of which have never been seen.

"The objective is to improve facilities, exhibit the best of regional art and culture, enhance the museum's aesthetics by introducing architectural renovations and adopting changes in the science of museology," Bose said.

"Many collectables have not yet seen the light of the day. They are still in the store. We want to circulate the artefacts from the store to the galleries so that viewers do not have to see the same exhibits over and over again," he said.

Every museum is supposed to change and circulate collectables periodically, he added.

The museum has drawn up a 25-point agenda to push its reforms over the 100-day period, Bose said.

"The spotlights of the module are weekly exhibitions, networking with other museums, organising workshops for children to involve them in the activities of the museum, redoing the lobby and implementing new scientific display technology," the administrator said.

The museum has 27 galleries, of which seven are closed.

The museum administration will reopen three of the seven closed galleries under the programme.

"While one gallery will be devoted to musical instruments, two galleries will exhibit wood carvings. The management of collectables, including acquisitions, will be controlled with the aid of computers," Bose said.

Contemporary museology techniques stipulate that "collectables should be displayed scientifically under controlled temperature and minimum humidity", he said.

"We will try to ensure that artefacts are preserved in better environs. Each exhibit requires special lighting, depending on its nature, aesthetic value, age and condition. The illumination can range from bright, dim to artificial LED lighting," Bose said.

The museum's calendar is full for the next three months.

"Soon after the Commonwealth Games, the museum will begin its state-specific weeks. Every month, one state of India will be represented for a week in a special expose comprising culture soirees, art displays and discussions over a period of 100 days," he said.

The museum has acquired land in Noida, a satellite town of the national capital, to build a new campus for its National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, Bose said.

An ambitious project to put together a "cultural encyclopaedia of India codifying 5,000 years of Indian culture is also in the pipeline".

"We are networking with museums in the states to build the database for the culture compendium. It will help researchers and students," he said.

In January 2011, the National Museum will play host to a major exhibition from China, curator Vijay Mathur said.

The repository was inaugurated Aug 15, 1949, by former governor general of India C. Rajagopalachari.

(Madhusree Chatterjee can be contacted at







  Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Comment on this article

E-mail Address:
Write here...

News Pick

Dalai Lama to open World Peace Festival in Pune

Retired super cop and social activist Kiran Bedi and some of the eminent scientists and educationists will participate in the World Peace Festival here Oct 10, which Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will inaugurate  »

Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize

Jailed Chinese dissident and writer Liu Xiaobo has been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee   »

Nigeria calls for Indian assistance in ailing textile industry

Nigeria has sought Indian assistance to boost the country's ailing textile industry. "The areas of assistance are pretty obvious. We are proud of your textile industry and are committed »

AMU Off-campus Centers: Plea against university decision dismissed

The Allahabad High Court has dismissed a writ petition against the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) decision to set up two new centres at Malappuram in Kerala and Murshidabad in West »

Pakistani Minister: Tell me, where there is no corruption

A minister has made a candid admission in Pakistan's National Assembly -- coruption is everywhere, "the question is where it is not." Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said: "I don't say  »

Five killed in Mumbai building collapse

At least five people were killed and 27 injured when a portion of an old building collapsed following a gas cylinder blast in south Mumbai Thursday afternoon, officials said. A portion of the Dwarkadas building in Chor Bazaar area  »

More Headlines

Astha of a secular democratic country

Shiv Sena attacks Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah

Notification for NRIs' voting rights out: Minister

‘Slumdog’ movie star turns defiant Palestinian girl

Middle East Talks: Arab League supports Palestinians stand

RSS, SIMI two sides of same coin: Jaiswal

UN rights chief welcomes Nobel for Chinese dissident

Free education for CWG medal winning students

Omar trying to internationalise Kashmir issue: BJP

Angry China insists Nobel winner is a 'criminal'

Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dalai Lama to open World Peace Festival in Pune

US energy firm to invest $2.4 bn for solar power plants

AMU Off-campus Centers: Plea against university decision dismissed

Campaign in Goa: Buy a cow, save the tiger


Top Stories

CWG Tennis: Sania, Somdev in finals, Paes-Bhupathi out

India's Somdev Devvarman was at his fluent best on way to the men's singles final while Sania Mirza took time to come on top in the women's singles semi-final of the tennis   »

'Delhi Games will be rated among the best'

India's CWG tally at 33 as shooters, archers, wrestlers, shine


Picture of the Day

Prasanta Karmakar on October 06, created history by becoming the first Indian para-swimmer to get a medal when he claimed bronze in the 50m freestyle event at Dr. SPM Acquatics Complex in New Delhu. Clocking his personal best of 27.48s, Karmakar finished behind Simon Miller of England (26.70). Matthew Cowdrey of Australia bettered his own timing to create a world record in the same event.

(Photo: PTI)


  Most Read

‘Slumdog’ movie star turns defiant Palestinian girl

The Indian actress who starred in the award winning blockbuster “Slumdog Millionaire” has moved from the slums of Mumbai to the squalid refugee camps of the West Bank in a new film: the story of a defiant Palestinian girl who wants to fight against Israel   »

Ayodhya verdict has complicated Bihar poll scene

Since Bihar is the first state which will go to the polls in the aftermath of the Ayodhya verdict, the impact of the controversial judgment is bound to be seen in the results. Intriguingly, the expectations of the two ruling allies - the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)   »



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes





Universities at a Glance






Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.