IGNCA to add new diploma courses

Indira Gandhi National Arts Centre organised ‘Samavartan Samaroh’ on the completion of its first batch of the one-year diploma of three courses

IGNCA to add new diploma courses

Indira Gandhi National Arts Centre organised 'Samavartan Samaroh' on the completion of its first batch of the one-year diploma of three courses. In this program, IGNCA distributed diploma certificates to 25 students who passed a one-year Diploma in Cultural Informatics, Buddhist Studies, and Preventive Conservation.

The event was graced with the presence of Minister of State for Culture (IC), Government of India, Dr Mahesh Sharma as the Chief guest along with Dr Karan Singh, MP of Rajya Sabha who joined the event as a special guest.

Addressing the audience, Dr Mahesh Sharma said: "The motivational characters are a source of inspiration and today we have the same personality as Dr Karan Singh. It is a matter of great pleasure that IGNCA has initiated to convene the 'Samavartan Samaroh' (Convocation) of the first batch of three one-year Post Graduate Diploma courses. I wish the students who have successfully completed the Post Graduation Diploma courses. I, also welcome the current batch with my best wishes."

"After the joining of Dr Schchidanand Joshi and Ram Bahadur Rai, President of this centre, IGNCA making some positive change, these courses are need of today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a dream that the young people of our country are not only graduates, they are skilled also, the diploma holder students who are in front of us today, they are torchbearers for others young people of our country," he added.

Talking about the initiative taken by IGNCA, he further stated: "The Post Graduate Diploma courses were initiated to upkeep the mandate of IGNCA to document, preserve, conserve and disseminate the Indian art and cultural heritage and to train competent professionals to work in the specialised field of culture."

"You know that the UNESCO recognised Kumbh Mela as World Heritage Site, This time the Kumbh Mela is going to be very different and wonderful in many ways and this time IGNCA is being given a very important responsibility. In this Kumbh IGNCA has been given the responsibility of documenting and digitization of the Kumbh Mela so that this tradition of India can be preserved for the future generations," he said.

Dr Karan Singh, said, "I congratulate IGNCA for starting these course, these courses are amazing. This is a new chapter in the history of IGNCA, I must say the IGNCA has been reborn. Though, I would like to state that Upanishads should also be included in the scope of these courses. IGNCA has a potential for being a world-class institution."

Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA said, "We started one year Post-Graduate Diploma on Cultural Informatics, Buddhist Studies, and Preventive Conservation last year, after the success of the first batch, IGNCA has started two other new one year postgraduate diploma courses from the academic session 2018-19 on Digital library and Data management and Manuscript and Paleography."

"The basic aim of these courses is to create arts and culture with all its dimension and information technology to design and develop content exploration system to intensify culture learning and visualisation. It employees modern digital tools, techniques, and methodologies to achieve the intended purposes. This initiative attempts to make our ancient knowledge and achievements accessible on a multimedia platform, thus enabling communication between the ancient and modern knowledge," he added.

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