Relevant Website: www.victoriamemorial-cal.org
National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and
It is an autonomous organization, fully funded by the Ministry of Culture, established and
declared as a Deemed University in 1989. This is the only Museum University in India and is
presently functioning at the first floor of National Museum, New Delhi. The Director General,
National Museum is the ex-officio Vice-Chancellor of this University. Main objectives are (a) to
provide education and training in the specialized areas of art, history, conservation and
museology leading to the award of M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in these three disciplines, (b) a few
short-term courses - Indian art and culture, art appreciation and (Hindi Medium) are also
conducted to popularize the Indian culture, (c) to organize seminars/workshops, conferences and
special lectures on museum education, art and culture.
National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property
National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) was
established in 1976, as a subordinate office of the Department of Culture and is recognized by
the Department of Science and Technology as a scientific institution of the Government of India.
It provides conservation services and technical advise in matters concerning conservation to
museums, archives, archaeology departments and other related cultural institutions, imparts
training in different aspects of conservation, carries out research in methods and manner of
conservation, dissemination of knowledge in conservation and provides services to conservation
professional of the country. NRLC with its headquarters at Lucknow, has full fledged Training
Institute campus at Jankipuram, Lucknow and a regional centre – Regional Conservation
Laboratory at Mysore set up for catering to conservation needs of south India.
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
The Institute was conceived in 1936 as one of the permanent memorials to Sri Ramakrishna
(1836-1886) on the occasion of his first birth centenary. It was formally established in 1938 as a
branch centre of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda to propagate the
message of Vedanta as propounded by Sri Ramakrishna, whose basic teachings stressed: (i) the
equality of all religions; (ii) the potential divinity of man; and (iii) service to man is a way of
worshipping God-a new religion for mankind.
Anthropological Survey of India
The Anthropological Survey of India (An.S.I.) is an institution one of its unique kind
anywhere the world. It has been mandated to study the bio-cultural attributes of the Indian
populations since its establishment, about 65 years before. Over the decades, the An.S.I. grew
from strength to strength to acquire an unparalleled blend of holistic perspective to study the
human surface of the country. The activities include collection, preservation, maintenance,
documentation and study of ethnographic materials as well as ancient human skeletal remains.
Of late, the Anthropological Survey of India went about an all round modernization of its
infrastructure to usher in the DNA technology to study the phylogenies of Indian populations, the
anthropological genetics of diseases and the frontier areas of Anthropology. Over the years, the
Survey has generated information from grass-root level through sustained research by its head