Joint secretary Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Nirupama Kotru, today visited SPS Museum here to take stock of the conservation measures.Kotru took stock of the preservation, promotion and renovation programs being undertaken by the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museum. She expressed satisfaction over the renovation, propagation and conservation of the heritage artefacts at SPS Museum.
Commissioner secretary, Culture, Muhammed Saleem Shishgar, director Archives, Archaeology and Museum, Muneer-ul-Islam and other concerned officials accompanied the Joint Secretary during her visit to the Museum.The joint secretary visited different sections of the museum and sought details regarding the renovation, display of artifacts and future plans regarding the promotion and preservation of artifacts, historic and archaeological sites of the state.
She urged the concerned for accomplishing the pending works at the new Museum building in a time-bound manner so that it is opened for public at the earliest.Speaking on the occasion, Muneer-ul-Islam informed the joint secretary that the artifacts and objects housed in SPS museum cover various subjects like archaeology, numismatics, decorative art, arms and armory, paintings and textiles.
He added that the department is taking various innovative measures to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of the state. He informed that the department will establish museums in different districts of the state and the same would be accomplished in a phased manner. He added that in Phase-I museums will be established in Bhosle, Gurez and Kishtwar and in Phase-II other districts will be identified respectively.
Muneer said the Department supports the culture and heritage preservation activities, besides assisting and support private museums established in Ladakh. He informed that various initiatives are being taken by the department for digitizing the museum artifacts which includes informative booklets, coffee table books, photo documentation and promotion of artifact on social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. He added that the department is regularly updating the official websites to promote and inform about the departmental activates.