Karnataka wants India’s first Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation to be set up in the state. A proposal requesting the Union government to select Mysuru as the location for the proposed university would be prepared soon. The memorandum will be submitted to the Finance Minister which will be signed by all the MPs from the state.
Mysore is noted for its heritage structures and palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives many tourists from around the world.
The government wants to set up Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation under Ministry of Culture which will have the status of a deemed University to start with. An announcement to this effect was made in the latest budget by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. This will help Acquisition of knowledge in disciplines such as museology and archaeology as the country is currently facing lack of trained man-power in both these fields.
It’s believed that setting up of a separate institution in this discipline may partly help to overcome the problem of shortage of manpower which is being now faced by the Archaeological Survey of India. The need for a separate institution is also felt as the functions of an archaeological officer are no longer limited to the safeguarding of a monument but now also include maintaining and sustaining its setting and environment as well as to continuously engage with communities that either reside within the proximity of a monument or those that are inextricably associated with the monument itself.
The budget proposed that the university, dedicated to study and protect manuscripts, monuments and museums, would be set up under the Union Ministry of Culture and would have the status of as a deemed university. Mysuru already has the Oriental Research Institute, set up under the University of Mysuru. It collects, exhibits and even publishes rare texts written in various scripts, such as Devanagari, Brahmic, Nandinagari, Grantha, Malayalam and Tigalari scripts.