New Delhi, February 7: Museum is a place which gives you a historic emotion, knowledge, and information in this modern age also. It directly carries you to even centuries ago. But this needs maintenance and upgradation too.
The Ministry of Culture has taken up a project named as JATAN in collaboration with C-DAC, Pune for creating an online digital repository of museum collections on the national portal www.museumsofindia.gov.in for the museums under the administrative control of Ministry of Culture. Digitization and uploading on the portal is a continuous process. Till now, 1,08,881 art objects have been digitized and uploaded to the portal.
The Government has taken a number of steps to improve museum administration which inter alia includes storage management, proper display, facilities for visitors, publicity, capacity building, security etc. This is an ongoing activity. The Ministry of Culture does not allocate funds to States/UTs for the upkeep of museums. It is responsible for museums under the administrative control of Ministry of Culture only. The details of the funds allocated over the last five years for their upkeep is given below:
The government has taken up capacity building of museum professionals including curators to improve standards of Indian Museums. During the period 2012-2017, a total of 107 museum professionals have been provided specialized training.