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Workshop on Conservation of Printed Rare Books
Conservation Division of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is organizing a three-day workshop on conservation of printed Rare Books. From 2nd - 4th July 2013 (full time)

Eligibility: M.A in conservation or M.A in Museology/Fine Arts/Conservation and Heritage
Management with at least three months experience in paper conservation. Final semester
students of M.A. (Conservation) may also apply with supporting letter from Head of
Department/Institution. Applicants with experience in conservation would be given

The deadline for submission of application is 24th June 2013

To download details click here

Download Programme & Invitation of IMD 2013

Zarina Khatoon Museum-Cum-Research Centre (HSCS), Chitarpur, Jharkhand - was founded by Gharib Shah in 2004. At a very early stage the archaeological and historical findings of Mr. Faiyaz Ahmad were exhibited.....Download information about the museum.

INC-ICOM organised two day long National Seminar on
“Tribal Art: The Mirror of Indian Culture”
in collaboration with
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
on 8th  (Monday) & 9th (Tuesday) October 2012,

followed by the Executive Board Meeting of INC-ICOM

A post conference tour ws arranged for the participants to the World Heritage Site (Rockart) – Bhimbetka – on 10th October 2012.

E-NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2012 - please check page2 for report on "Highlight: ICOM India’s National Seminar on Tribal Art" jointly orgnised with IGRMS, Bhopal. Download

Rabindra Bharati Museum and Indian National Committee of International Council of Museums (INC-ICOM) deeply mourn the sad demise of Shri Samar Bhowmik, former Curator of Rabindra Bharati Museum, former Member of the International Committee of Literary Museums of ICOM and former Treasurer of INC-ICOM, who left us for heavenly abode on 12th August 2012.

A condolence meeting was held on Friday, 7th September 2012 at 3.00 p.m. at Bichitra Bhavan, Rabindra Bharati Museum, Jorasanko Campus of Rabindra Bharati University.

Late Shri Samar Bhowmik
Shri Samar Bhowmik

INC-ICOM celebrated
International Museum Day 2012

in collaboration with
on 18th MAY 2012 at Gurusaday Museum, with a daylong National Seminar on the theme.
The theme for 2012 is
"Museums in a changing world:
New challenges, new inspirations"

For Circular and Programme details click here.


IMD 2012

INC-ICOM deeply mourns the sad demise of Mr Manabendranath Mazumder, a veteran member of ICOM, who passed away in Kolkata on 19 March 2012. He retired as Caretaker of the Indian Museum after leaving the Indian Army. A condolence meeting has been convened by the Chairman, INC-ICOM – Dr A. K. Chatterjee, at the office of the Treasurer, INC-ICOM (Partha S Mukherjee, Mob: 09432272064) at 66D, South End Park, Kolkata – 700029
(opposite to AMRI hospital)
on 24th March 2012, Saturday at 4.00 p.m.
All ICOM members are requested to attend.

A two days National Conference was organised jointly by INC-ICOM & Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai, on "Interaction of Science and Technology in Museum Management" (NCSTM -2012).It was held on 7th (Saturday) & 8th January (Sunday) 2012 at Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai.

Being orgaised By
(Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India),
Tansen Marg, New Delhi-110001. INDIA
In collaboration with Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady
(International Council of Museum’s Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History)

Programme Partners:
State Tourism Department,
State Forest Department,
Kerala Kalamandalam,
Spices Board & Moozhikulam Saala

From 22-27 June 2011

Venue: Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady- 683574

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INC-ICOM in collaboration with Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore, 24 Parganas (North), West Bengal and Museum Association of West Bengal, is celebrating the International Museum Day on 18th May 2011  (Wednesday) at Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore from 11 a. m. to 5p.m. This year's theme is “Museum and Memory”.
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A two days' National Seminar on “Museology and Conservation: A Complementary Concept, Involving Modern Science” was organised by the INC-ICOM in collaboration with National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi on 14th & 15th March 2011. The Seminar was inaugurated at the NMI and the rest of the sessions were held at the National Science Centre, New Delhi. Photos of the event are available in facebook.

"ICOM Code of Ethics" was released in Hindi. The translation is by Dr. R.V. Ramana.

Download "Shri Amalendu Bose Memorial Lecture" presentation by Dr Saroj Ghose.

Download Circular for Members.

Dr. C. V. Ananda Bose, Vice Chancellor of NMI inaugurating the National Seminar

INC-ICOM AGM2010 - was held at Rarh Sanskriti Sangrahalay, Bidisha, Kharagpure, West Bengal along with a two day National Seminar on "Museum for Social Harmony".
For Minutes of INC-ICOM AGM 2010 click here.

 Office bearers or the Executive Committee of INC-ICOM

 For the period of 2010 - 2012

(The New Committee for 2010-2012 has taken charge on 24 JULY 2010
at Bidisha, Kharagpure, West Bengal)

Chairman : Dr. Arun Kumar Chatterejee, Kolkata
  Phone: Mobile:+91-92318-53393
  E-mail: &
Secretary : Dr. M.V.Nair, NMI, New Delhi;
  Phone: Mobile:+91-9654777155,
Treasurer: Mr. Partha S. Mukherjee, Kolkata; Ph: +91-94322-72064 & 098300-92209
E-mail: &
Executive Members:
Dr. K.K. Basa, Bhubaneswar
Mr. B V Kharbade, Mysore
Dr. K. K. Jain, New Delhi
Dr. Achal Pandya, New Delhi
Dr. Sujit Som, Bhopal
Dr. R K Mukhopadhayay, Kolkata
Dr. A B Mitra, Kolkata
Dr. Jagatpati Sarkar, Kolkata
Mr. R P Savita, Kolkata
Dr. Manvi Seth, New Delhi
Ms. Minati Chatterjee, Kolkata
Ms. Rongsenla Marsosang, Dimapur, Nagaland
Dr. Anita B Shaw, Hyderabad
Zonal Secretaries:
 North Zone: Dr. B. Venugopal - New Delhi
 East & North East Zone: Dr. C.B. Patel - Bhubaneswar
 South Zone: Mr. B V Kharbade, Mysore
 West Zone: To be decided in the next Executive Meeting.

Note:General Election Result was declared by the Election Commissioner on 25 MAY 2010.

Laurel for National Museum of Natural History - NMNH (India)

The National Museum of Natural History - NMNH (India) is selected as one among the top twelve leading Natural History Museums in the world by ICOM, while planning to have an international exhibition on Climate Change [CCE 2012 - Climate Change Exhibition]. The aim of CCE2012 is to induce coordinated exhibitions on Climate Change in Natural History Museums all over the world in 2012, the year of Earth Summit 3, as well as a worldwide survey campaign on perception of climate change, followed by a publication in 2013. To manage and direct this process, a Steering Group is also planned.

The Director of NMNH, Dr B. Venugopal, who is an Executive Board member of ICOM-NATHIST (2007-2010), is invited to be a member of the Steering Group to oversee the Exhibition.

The kick-off workshop in this regard will be arranged by ICOM-NATHIST in Natural History Museum Vienna (Austria) during 12-14 June 2010.

Check Website: www.nathist.icom.mueum &

 Election Result of INC-ICOM Executive Board
for the period 2010-2012
Chairman - Dr Arun Kumar Chatterjee, Kolkata (5711)
Other Executive Members:
Dr K K Basa, Kolkata (44831)
Dr M V Nair, Lucknow (41032)
Mr B V Kharbade, Mysore (15651)
Dr K K Jain, New Delhi (13294)
Dr Achal Pandya, New Delhi (49348)
Dr Sujit Som, Bhopal (10283)
Dr R K Mukhopadhayay, Kolkata (12607)
Dr A B Mitra, Kolkata (37449)
Dr Jagatpati Sarkar, Kolkata (47127)
Mr Parthasarathi Mukherjee, Kolkata (44830)
Mr R P Savita, Kolkata (47125)
Dr Manvi Seth, New Delhi (46702)
Ms Minati Chatterjee, Kolkata (22026)
Ms Rongsenla Marsosang, Dimapur, Nagaland (26326)
Dr Anita B Shaw, Hyderabad (14739)

- as per declaration by the Election Commissioner on 25 MAY 2010.

 International Museum Day on 18 MAY 2010
INC-ICOM and Indian Museum, Kolkata jointly celebrated International Museum Day at the Indian Museum: Programme from 11.00 a.m. followed by lunch.
Panel discussion on
"Museums for Social Harmony"
(this year's theme of IMD) and an exhibition to be inaugurated at the Ashutosh Centenary Hall, 27 J.L. Neheru Rd (Chowringhee), Kolkata -700016.
All INC-ICOM members are requested to join.
BITM, Kolkata organised a Popular-Lecture on "Museums for Social Harmony"
by Dr. Saroj Ghose, Retd. Director General, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and former President of International Council of Museums (ICOM) on 18 MAY 2010 at 11.00 a.m at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, 19A, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata - 700019.
Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi, clebebrated International Museum day with "Museum Experience"
6 to 7 pm : arrival and museum visits
7 to 7.45 pm : Play by Children "The Living Objects" ( directed by Feisal Alkazi)
7-45 to 8-45 pm: Talks by Shri Jawahar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture
& Prof Jyotindra Jain, Trustee, Sanskriti Foundation

followed by Dinner.
Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata organised a two day event on the theme "Museums for Social Harmony", commencing with a sit and draw contest for children on 17th May 2010.

Regional Museum of Natural History (North-East) at Gangtok gets a solid base:
A site measuring 2.4280 hectares was transferred on 27th April 2010, from the Govt. of Sikkim (Dept. of Forests) to Govt. of India (MoEF/ NMNH) for establishing Regional Museum of Natural History (North-East) at Gangtok, at a ceremony held in the office of PCCF and Secretary, Dept.of Forests, Govt. of Sikkim

This will be the fifth RMNH under NMNH: Earlier ones are at Mysore (South), Bhopal (Central), Bhubaneswar (East) and Sawai Madhopur (West: Being completed).

The images below involve the function regarding transfer of documents related to the handing/ taking over of site in Gangtok (opposite to the Sikkim Science Centre) for establishing a RMNH (NE).
- Dr. B. Venugopal - Director NMNH (website:
 From left to Right Mr. C. Lachungpa - CCF, Govt. of Sikkim; Mr. S. T. Lachungpa -PCCF and Secretary, Govt. of Sikkim; Dr. B. Venugopal - Director NMNH; Dr. D. P. Singh - Scientist E, NMNH; Mr. Jayaswal - SE, CCU, MoEF. From left to Right Mr. Jayaswal - SE, CCU, MoEF.; Mr. S. T. Lachungpa -PCCF and Secretary, Govt. of Sikkim; Dr. B. Venugopal - Director NMNH; Dr. D. P. Singh - Scientist E, NMNH; Mr. C. Lachungpa - CCF,
Govt. of Sikkim;  

Membership Fees for 2010 (For existing members)
Regular Members: Rs.1750/-
Retired & Students: Rs. 1050/-
These rates are for existing members,only)

In addition to this, new members (both regular & retired persons) are to pay Rs. 50/- as Membership Registration cost.

Existing members please send your membership fees to the Treasurer, with intimation to the Chairman of INC-ICOM, by Bank Draft in favour of "Indian National Committee of ICOM", payable at Kolkata.
Note: For membership fees for Institutional Members please mail Chairman -Dr. Arun K Chatterjee-

Apllication invited for Grace Morley Research Fellowship for ICOM 2010
to be awarded by ICOM India Trust. Last date:31 May, 2010. For details click here.

INC-ICOM Executive Meeting was held on 27 JAN 2010 at BITM

Circular with regard to Members, whose membership subscription is due for 2009. Details

INC-ICOM Executive Meeting was held at the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta on Friday, 03 April 2009. View Minutes.

All the members of the Indian National Committee of the International Council of Museums deeply mourn the sad demise of our past President and former Director of National Council of Science Museum -
Shri Amalendu Bose, who left us on 29th November 2008. Obituary

A condolence meeting was held at 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday,
17th December 2008 at the Exhibition Hall of Indian Museum, Kolkata,
in memory of Shri Amalendu Bose.
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INC-ICOM organised two days long Seminar titled -
'MUSEUMS & PUBLICATIONS: Complementary Concepts'
in association with
All Bengal Publishers' Association
Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar
on 23rd & 24th August 2008
at the Orissa State Museum, Kalpana Chauk, Bhubaneswar.

The official website of the Parliament Museum was inaugurated on 19th December 2007 by the Hon'ble Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee.
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Executive Committee (2006-2009)

Dr. Arun Kumar Chatterjee is elected as the new Chairman of INC-ICOM

Dr. Chatterjee, a well-known field anthropologist has worked extensively among the tribal communities of the east coast and the northeast of India collecting examples of their material culture for the museums. He was for long the Keeper of the department of Anthropology in the Indian Museum, Kolkata and presently the Hony. Director of the Rarh Samskritiki Sangrahalaya, Kharagpur, West Bengal. He is also a faculty of the Museology Department of Calcutta University. He has served the Indian National Committee of the ICOM in various capacities in the past and represented in many of the Annual General Assemblies of ICOM.

Dr. A.K. Chatterjee is also the Vice - Chairman of the Museum Association of India, and the Executive Member of the Art History Congress.

Dr. Chatterjee can be contacted by e-mail :

INC-ICOM members deeply mourn the death of Late R.M. Chakraborti formerly Chairman, INC-ICOM


We the INC-ICOM members deeply mourn the death of Late R.M. Chakraborti, formerly Chairman, Indian National Committee (1996-2000). His contributions on practical museological science will ever be remembered by the museum professionals of the world.

Chairman, INC - ICOM (2003)

New books by the members

Understanding Heritage : Role of museum edited by Dr. K.K. Basa and Dr. S.K. Ghoshmaulik published by Academic Staff College, Bhubaneswar
Wood carving of Bengal in Gurusaday Museum edited by Dr. Shyamalkanti Chakravarti published by Gurusaday Museum, Kolkata, 700104, Rs.100/-
Wood and metal effigies of Nagaland  edited by Dr. Shyamalkanti Chakravarti published by Indian Museum, Kolkata. Rs. 375/- 
Belvedere, the house of books (in Bengali) by Dr. Shyamalkanti Chakravarti published by Pritonia Publishers & Distributors, Kolkata 700009, Rs. 70/-
A new horizon of museo-thought by Sri Samar Bhowmik published by Mrs. R. Bhowmik, Kolkata 700028, Rs. 150/-
Museum visitors studies by Dr. Venugopal Bhargaviamma published by National Museum Institute New Delhi-110011 Rs. 110/-

Inauguration of the official web site of INC-ICOM

The official web site of INC-ICOM ( to be inaugurated at the annual general conference, on 18th May, 2002 by Shri N. Gopalaswami, IAS, Secretary, Culture, Govt. of India, in presence of Ms. Chandana Khan, IAS, Secretary, Tourism, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh as the Guest-of-honour along with other dignatories. Shri N. Gopalaswami, will also inaugurate the celebration of International Museum Day, 2002 and a threeday seminar & workshop on 'Museums and Globalisation', at Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad.

Making of a museum

A Jain Museum of art, architecture and culture has been planned to be set up in the spacious hall of the Manasthambha, unique in structure and height located in the Sanctified sylvan premises of Sri Parashvanath Digambar Jain upavan mandir at 26 Belgachia Road, Kolkata 700037.
-K.C. Jain, Kolkata

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