International Council of Museums, National Museum Institute to Launch Joint Research, Training Programmes

New Delhi, India (PressExposure) March 11, 2011 -- The International Council of Museums (ICOM), the apex body of museums worldwide, and the National Museum Institute (NMI), in India have decided to explore opportunities for joint research and training programmes and share expertise in the field of conservation and preservation of rare artefacts.

This was decided at a high-level round-table conference of the Committee of Conservation (CC) of the ICOM held at the NMI here on Wednesday. ICOM is the international body of museum and museum professionals and has the consultative status with the UNESCO. ICOM-CC is the largest of the international committees of the ICOM with over 1500 members worldwide from every branch of the museum and conservation profession.

The conference, chaired by committee chairperson Dr Marie-Claude from Canada and attended by nine members of the Directory Board, took stock of the current practices and latest advances in conservation, besides holding interactions with the former and present students of NMI at the day-long symposium 'on recent advances in conservation.'

The meeting also decided to facilitate sharing of expertise by all working groups of the ICOM-CC to NMI and advice the national committee of the ICOM-India for providing more assistance, including in creating employment opportunities, to the NMI at the national and international levels.

"The ICOM-CC will continue to provide a framework within which the conservation specialists can meet and work. The last triennial conference of the committee was held in Delhi in 2008 with 700 delegates and the next will be held at Lisbon, Portugal, from September 19-23,'' Ms Marie-Claude said in her presentation. Inaugurating the conference, NMI Vice-Chancellor and the Administrator of the National Museum Dr C V Ananda Bose said there was an urgent need to sensitise the society about the significance of protecting the cultural heritage of the country. "In the post-Independence India, adequate thrust was not given to conservation and this has resulted in the damage to some of our viable cultural property,'' he said.

"The NMI serves as India's focal institution in conducting research and imparting education in field of conservation. It is imperative that we take conservation from the four walls of museum to the people, because conservation can be achieve optimum results only with people involvement. The commitment that emerges out of round-table is expected to show the way to the world the multi-dimensional aspects of conservation,'' Dr Bose said.

Apart from the chairperson, the conference was attended by nine other Directory Board members. A J Van Dam of Netherlands, Theodora Bertha Van Oosten of Netherlands, Lisa Catherine Pilosi of USA, Jacqueline Hanssen-Bauer of France, Bent Eshoj of Denmark, Catherine Antomarchi of France, Maria Reifsnyder of USA, Vinod Daniel of Australia and Dr V M Nair of India made presentations.

For more details:
Dr. M V Nair, Professor and Head of the Department of Conservation at the National Museum Institute. Mobile No: +91-96547 77155, Email:

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