Cultural Missions in India

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National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI)

  • Autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, GoI
  • Aims to survey, locate and conserve Indian manuscripts, create national resource base for manuscripts, enhance access, awareness and use for educational purposes
  • Initiated in February 2003, by Ministry of Tourism and Culture
  • Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is the nodal agency for the execution of this project
  • Creates bibliographic databases of Indian manuscripts and is involved in the conservation and preservation of the manuscripts.
  • Create national electronic database - Kritisampada, National Database of Manuscripts, a digital archive at its website
  • Train new generations of manuscript conservators
  • 32 units in India for manuscript conservation

Northern Units

  • Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh
  • Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) , New Delhi
  • Department of Language and Culture, Shimla
  • The Himalayan Society for Heritage and Art Conservation, Nainital
  • Vrindavan Research Institute, Vrindavan
  • Rampur Raza Library, Rampur
  • Nagarjuna Buddhist Foundation, Gorakhpur
  • Indian Conservation Institute, Lucknow
  • Visweshvarananda Biswabandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, Hoshiarpur
  • Central Library, Banaras Hindu University, Banaras

Southern Units

  • Oriental Research Institute, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati
  • Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
  • INTACH Chitrakala Paris hath Art Conservation Centre, Bangalore
  • Tamil Nadu Government Museum, Chennai
  • Karnataka State Archives, Bangalore
  • Tanjore Maharaja Serfoji՚s Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur
  • Centre for Heritage Studies Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithura
  • Regional Conservation Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram
  • State Archives and Research Institute, Hyderabad

Eastern Units

  • Sarasvati, Bhadrak
  • Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna
  • Sri Dev Kumar Jain Oriental research Institute, Arrah
  • Manuscript Library, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • INTACH Orissa Art Conservation Centre, Bhubaneswar
  • Aitihya, Bhubaneswar
  • Sambal Pur University, Burla, Orissa
  • Krishna Kanta Handiqui Library, Gauhati University, Guwahati
  • Manipur State Archives, Imphal
  • Tawang Monastery, Tawang

Western Units

  • Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Jodhpur
  • Mahaveer Digamber Jain Pandulipi Samrakshan Kendra, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad
  • Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) , Pune

Central Units

Scindia Oriental Research Institute (SORI) , Ujjain

Gandhian Heritage Mission Gandhi Sites Heritage Mission

  • In April, 2006, the Ministry of Culture constituted a Gandhi Heritage Sites Panel under the Chairmanship of Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Ex-Governor of West Bengal
  • Report identified 39 core sites and a Master List consisting of 2000 sites visited by Mahatma Gandhi with the recommendation that the 39 Core Sites as well as some more important sites from the Master List required to be preserved for posterity. The Panel recommended the setting up of a “Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission” with a fixed term of 5 years

Mission՚s tasks are:

  • The identification, collation and assessment of information on ‘Gandhi Heritage’ material for its management and deployment.
  • The determination of conservation methodology and priorities, for:
    • The holdings: documents and objects, particularly from the points of view of archival storage and musicology.
    • The physical structures and sites, and guidelines for their subsequent maintenance.
  • The dissemination of material, based on relevant information through:
    • A web-based portal
    • Publications, audio/visuals (CDs, digital prints etc.)
    • The “communication” through the core sites while specifying – where necessary – function and use and significance of the site.
  • The Government of India established the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission on 29th July, 2013.
  • The Mission Secretariat is to be headed by a Joint Secretary to Government of India who will act as Secretary to the Mission. The Mission will have its headquarters at New Delhi. In order to strengthen links with State Governments and to coordinate the implementation of the Mission՚s projects, the Zonal Cultural Centers (North, South, East, West and Central Zone) under the Ministry of Culture, will be associated with the Mission.
  • Gandhi Heritage Portal is hosted on the Ministry՚s website and has been designed and developed by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT) , Ahmedabad.
  • Documents related to Mahatma Gandhi in India and abroad are being compiled and placed on the Portal which will serve as an Electronic Library of Gandhiji՚s life and achievements.
  • Idea is to preserve and perpetuate his invaluable heritage with proper research and in an authentic manner.

Dandi Memorial

  • The National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Dandi, Gujarat, India
  • Experiential journey recreating the spirit and the energy of the 1930 Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi to visualize and understand the history of the iconic Dandi March and the methodology of Satyagraha, which finally led to India՚s Independence from the British colonial rule.
  • ‘National Salt Satyagraha Memorial’ is a project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, advised by a High Level Dandi Memorial Committee (HLDMC) , designed, coordinated and implemented by IIT Bombay in association with an International Design Team.

The Spirit of Dandi

  • The Salt Satyagraha March or The Dandi March of 1930 as it is popularly known, was a landmark in the history of Indian freedom struggle. As a part of the Civil Disobedience Movement against the British rule, 80 Satyagrahis led by Mahatma Gandhi marched 241-miles from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and broke the Salt Law imposed by the British.
  • It inspired millions of Indians to join the freedom struggle and brought worldwide attention to the movement. The Dandi March demonstrated the effectiveness of non-violent civil disobedience as a form of protest for the first time.
  • A High Level Dandi Memorial Committee (HLDMC) was constituted under the leadership of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma Gandhi to oversee the project. IIT Bombay was assigned to conceptualize design, coordination and implementation of the project.

National Mission on Libraries

  • National Mission on Libraries i.e. High Level Committee, has been set up by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and 4th May, 2012 in pursuance of National Knowledge Commission recommendations for sustained attention for development of Libraries and Information Science Sector.
  • National Mission on Libraries set up four working groups for up gradation of libraries providing service to the public.
    • Creation of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI)
    • Setting up of NML Model Libraries
    • Quantitative & Qualitative Survey of Libraries
    • Capacity Building
  • The purpose of National Virtual Library of India is to facilitate a comprehensive database on digital resources on information about India and on information generated in India, in an open access environment.
  • The setting up on NML Model Libraries would develop 6 Libraries under Ministry of Culture, 35 State Central Libraries and 35 District Libraries with particular emphasis on economically backward districts, as model Libraries. In addition, 629 district libraries across the states would be provided network connectivity.
  • The Quantitative & Qualitative Survey of Libraries would be undertaken to prepare a baseline data of libraries in India through a survey of 5000 Libraries.
  • The Capacity Building would be undertaken to enhance the professional competence of library personnel.

National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities

Search Antiquities

  • NMMA has the mandate of preparing a database of the diverse Indian antiquities as defined in AAT Act 1972.
  • It facilitates study to the scholars and commoners by a uniform format of documentation & is a step against illicit trafficking.

Search Built Heritage

Task to document remaining unprotected Built Heritage from primary or secondary sources in the prescribed format.

Outreach Program

To promote cultural awareness through facilitating people for heritage protection and to extend training facilities to the Govt. , organizations, universities, research institutes, museums, NGOs etc.

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