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IGNCA: More than a centre for art and culture

IGNCA: More than a centre for art and culture

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts celebrated it's second Samavartan Samaroh (Convocation Ceremony) for the students of Post Graduate Diploma courses of batch 2018-19 on September 5, 2019. The ceremony began as dignitaries and senior officials of IGNCA lighted the lamp and members of Shri Kunwar Shyam Sangeet Bhawan presented the Saravati Vandana.

IGNCA, a premier centre for arts and culture initiated the academic courses to upkeep the mandate of documenting, conserving and disseminating the Indian Arts and Cultural Heritage. These courses also train competent professionals to work in the specialised field of arts and culture. The 63 students received Post Graduate Diplomas in Cultural Informatics, Preventive Conservation, Buddhist Studies, Manuscriptology & Palaeography and Digital Library & Data Management. Auditorium echoed with the applauses of the IGNCA officials, graduating students, current students and parents of the students. Executive Trustee of IGNCA, Dr Bharat Gupt was also present.

Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, while addressing the audience, reminisced, when he joined IGNCA three year back, he observed that there is lack of specialised manpower in the field of art and culture. Moreover, it was also felt that there is a disconnect and disinterest among the masses towards their own artistic and cultural heritage. Therefore, it was decided to design and initiate courses in IGNCA to train competent professionals to work in this specialised field and also to create awareness and sensitivity among the citizens of India."

Member Secretary, IGNCA, appealed to the young minds to get involved in these courses and this endeavour has been highly appreciated by students enrolling in huge numbers. Embarking on its vision to draw people closer towards their culture, IGNCA has been adding new courses in its curriculum every year. Currently, one-year Post Graduate Diploma courses and Short Term Certificate courses are being offered.

Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman, UGC, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, congratulated all the students.

Dr Patwardhan encouraged the endeavour of IGNCA in producing professionally strong manpower in the field of art and culture as well as appreciated the students who have taken up these courses.

The Samavartan Samaroh ended with a soulful rendition of Vande Mataram.

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