What is Project ‘JATAN’? 6 Museums Under Ministry of Culture- 1 Lakh Art Objects Digitized (Download PDF)


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Ministry of Culture has taken up project named ‘JATAN’ in collaboration w/C-DAC, Pune for creating online digital repository of museum collections on national portal www.museumofindia.gov.in for museums.

Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

  • This project is under administrative control of Ministry. Till date, 1, 08, 881 art objects are digitized & uploaded on portal.
  • There are 6 museums under administrative control of Ministry of Culture namely:
  • National Museum, New Delhi

Blueprint for establishing the Museum in Delhi was prepared by Maurice Gwyer Committee in May 1946.

Inauguration of Museum was on 15th August 1949.

Motto of Museum is –

  • To serve as epitome of national identity.

  • To serve as cultural centre for enjoyment & interaction of people in artistic & cultural activity.

  • To disseminate knowledge about significance of objects of history, culture & artistic excellence & achievements.

  • To collect art objects of Historical, Cultural & Artistic significance for purpose to display, protection, preservation & interpretation.

  • National Gallery of Modern Art (branches at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru)

    Aims of NGMA –

    • To acquire & preserve works of modern art from 1850s onward

    • To organize, maintain & develop galleries for permanent display

    • To organize special exhibitions not only in its own premises but in other parts of the country and abroad.

    • To develop specialized library of books, periodicals, photographs & other audio visual materials

Indian Museum, Kolkata

  1. Founded in 1814 at cradle of Asiatic Society of Bengal. It is earliest & largest multipurpose Museum in Asia-Pacific region of world.

Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

  1. This is a large marble building established in 1921. Dedicated to memory of Queen Victoria.

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

  1. Museum is an art museum located at Darushifa in Hyderabad, Telangana. One of three National Museum of India.
  • Allahabad Museum, Allahabad

  1. Museum was established in 1931, 86 years ago.
  2. Located in picturesque Chandrashekhar Azad Park in Allahabad.

Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya & Asiatic Society, Kolkata are also under administrative control of Ministry of Culture.

Digitization of Collections

  • Process of digitization of collections of old, rare & brittle documents in libraries under Ministry of Culture is continuous process.
  • Till date, National Library, Kolkata & Central Secretariat Library, New Delhi have digitized total of 87 lakh pages of rare books etc.
  • Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna & Rampur Raza Library, Rampur have digitized 22.50 lakh folios of manuscripts.

Project ‘JATAN’

  • Team of experts of human centred design & computing team of Centre for Development for Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has developed ‘JATAN’ software to revolutionise museum experience.

  • Its objective is to make digital imprint of all objects preserved in museums.

  • It is aimed at improving museum visit experience among differently-abled, group has developed “Darshak”, mobile-based application.

  • Under project, images will have Radio Frequency Identity Tagging (RF-ID), which will increase security of rare items in museums.

Centre for Development for Advanced Computing (C-DAC)

  • C-DAC is premier R&D organization of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
  • Established in 1988.
  • Headquarter is at Pune.

Vision: To emerge as premier R&D institution for design, development & deployment of world

- Published/Last Modified on: July 9, 2018

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