From The Director's Desk :
Before we proceed further it is important for all of us to understand the definition of ‘Museum’ and also its character, duty and purpose. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) provides us a most exhaustive definition on the following lines. According to the ICOM Statutes, adopted during the 21st General Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2rds the end of the 20th century in Europe and America and some parts of South East Asia. ICOM (International Council of Museums) played a vital role in developing the concept of Universal Museum for world community. The main objective was to re-unite all like-minded countries on a single platform and also to encourage them to develop a universal approach towards the preservation of a common cultural heritage to be shared with the world irrespective of physical and economic barriers. It has been observed that most of our traditional cultural museums and Institutions were created in different times for different audiences than the ones they now to have to serve. In the past, exploration, mapping, collecting and preserving cultural goods were of major importance, while today museums are required to connect with society and represent the people they serve. It is now a fact that our museums are an integral part of society and their sustainability depends on the patronage of members of society. The museum is a cultural as well as social space. It is also a meeting space for individuals and communities to engage in dialogue and exchange of ideas. Being a platform for free experience, it is imperative that museums be inclusive. Museum education is therefore important for social inclusion and community engagement.
Last Updated: 04-08-2016.