The prologue

first_imgIf National Museum (NM) has emerged to become India’s premier repository of artefacts over its 65 years of growth, equally fascinating will be a broad glimpse at its initial struggles to acquire objects which now total over 2.06 lakh. An exhibition of archival photographs of that phase is now on at the very venue.Down Memory Lane, a month-long exhibition of 57 images, got off to a start in the famed rotunda of NM on its foundation day today. It features visuals from 1945, which was the year that saw the first move to establish the institution, to momentous occasions up till 1970. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’NM Director-General Venu V said the exhibition has been mounted on the special occasion of the foundation day of the 1949-started institution. ‘It throws light on its many of its inception-related and growth stories – through archival and rare photographs’, he noted. ‘We gathered from government institutions and private donors’.The exhibition opened hours after writer-historian-curator William Dalrymple  addressed a gathering at the museum. In his hour-long talk on Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707-1857 at the NM monthly lecture series on Sunday evening, the 49-year-old British Indologist explained with pictorial examples the paradox of art flourishing amid a weakening economy and polity that was typical of Northern India during the decline of the dynasty tracing its roots to Central Asia. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs for the Down Memory Lane exhibition, Venu noted it ‘portrays a very interesting history’ of National Museum, which typically unveils stories through its exquisite collection of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and ethnographic objects spanning over 5,000 years of heritage.For instance, in 1946, the idea of building a national museum for India was proposed by a committee headed by Sir Mourice Gwyer, the First Chief Justice of the then Federal Court. NM was designed by the architect Ganesh Bikaji Deolalikar and the foundation stone was laid by Pandit Nehru on May 12, 1955. Once the building was ready, the new museum was inaugurated by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Vice-President of India, on 18 December, 1960. The ongoing exhibition has photos of all such historic occasions and more.Today, NM has ten important collections including pre-historic archaeology, archaeology, numismatics and epigraphy, miniature paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts and textiles, anthropology and so much more. WHERE: National MuseumWHEN: On till 12 Junelast_img read more

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Health education infrastructure receives impetus

first_imgKolkata: The Health and Family Welfare Department of West Bengal, under the ministership of the Chief Minister herself, has brought about a lot of improvement in the state of health education in the state. Combined MBBS and BDS seats have increased from 2,205 to 3,750, according to a party statement here today.Postgraduate medical seats (MD course) have increased from 880 to 1,297.Eighty students are pursuing higher specialisation courses for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) degree. Postdoctoral seats have increased to 147 from 107 in 2011. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2017, 93 tutor-demonstrators were appointed by the department, bringing the total number of such appointments since 2012 to 2,095.As part of West Bengal Dental Education Service (WBDES), 72 clinical tutors have been recruited.The Bengal Government has set up partnerships with the UK Government with regard to nursing skilling and re-skilling. Two have been signed between WBIPH Knowledge Partnership between Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), Kolkata and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and between Health and Family Department and The Health Education England (HEE). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAnother one, where Bengal is a beneficiary and HEE is a partner, involves the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry and United Kingdom-India Education Research Institute (UKIERI).Rs 56.58 crore was allotted for financial year 2017-18 for the development of nursing education. During FY 2017-18, 52 students were admitted to M Sc (Nursing), 444 to B Sc (Nursing) and 2,175 to General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course. Five new GNM courses were started on September 22, 2017, with 60 seats in each, at the Jhargram and Basirhat District Hospitals, Ghatal and Jangipur Subdivisional Hospitals, and College of Medicine & Sagore Dutta Hospital. The total number of GNM seats has been increased from 1,215 to 2,175.Read more at http://www.uniindia.com/health-education-infrastructure-receives-impetus/states/news/1192025.html#k9WAxwY7efm9JIoE.99last_img read more

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