According to its vision document, the culture ministry has proposed to create a list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’.
New Delhi: To promote “unique Indian traditions” like Karwa Chauth and Bhaiya Dooj that celebrate relationships, the Union Ministry of Culture has proposed to compile a ‘National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage’. “There are innumerable elements of ICH in India which deserve recognition,” according to the ministry’s five-year plan.
New institute and other proposals
The ministry also aims to create an ‘Indian Institute for Culture’ (IIC) — envisioned to be the premier national institution for training and skilling manpower in archaeology, conservation, museology and related fields.
The proposal, which is being reviewed by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), states that the IIC would be set up by an Act of Parliament “as an Institute of National Importance in the Culture Sector”.
All the existing educational and training institutes of the ministry, like the Institute of Archaeology, National Museum Institute, National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property, and School of Archival Studies will be merged under the IIC.
ASI budget hike
An “authentic reconstruction” of 11 sites under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) with an emphasis on the Indus Valley Civilisation sites such as Dholavira and Rakhigiri is also being planned.
“Many monuments of ASI such as Hampi are incomplete, having been destroyed due to natural or man-made causes,” the document states.