Professionals to help strengthen govt cultural organisations
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 19:27
New Delhi: In a bid to strengthen cultural institutions under its control, the Government on Tuesday approved a proposal to fill up gaps in the organisational structure of such bodies with professionals who will help in their upgrading and modernisation.

The decision to fill up the gaps was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet here. This will help the Heads of the Organisations and their teams to work together to upgrade and modernise these institutions.

The step will also bring in the best international practices such as digitisation of the records in institutions like the National Library and the National Archives.

The knowledge and expertise of these professionals will help these organisations achieve parity with their international counterparts.

For the purpose of achieving these goals, it is necessary to create suitable posts of professionals in Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), National Archives and National Library equivalent to professors in the university system.

The move comes against the backdrop of the Ministry of Culture striving to restructure and strengthen the cultural organisations under its administrative control.

In another decision, the Cabinet approved a proposal for taking over Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Shibpur, and converting it to Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology with a total five years' project cost of Rs 592.20 crore.

BESU will be converted to IIEST by suitably amending the NIT Act with special clauses.

The Government had constituted an Expert Committee in 2005 to evaluate and suggest a plan of action for upgrading seven institutes, including BESU, which had earlier been identified by the S K Joshi committee.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 19:27

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