MYSURU

Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi has sent a proposal to the Centre seeking the setting up of the Indian Institute of Heritage and Preservation in Mysuru.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had actually revealed the establishing of the Indian Institute of Heritage and Preservation with the status of a deemed University under the Ministry of Culture while providing the Spending plan for 2020-21 earlier this year.

On Tuesday, M.r Joshi tweeted that he had actually fulfilled the Finance Minister and sent a proposal to set up the institute in Mysuru. “As soon as established, the institute will help save manuscripts and monuments”, he said. Mr Joshi was accompanied by Karnataka Minister for Tourist and Culture, C T Ravi.

Though the location for establishing the institute was not recognized in her Budget speech, Ms Sitharaman stated “Acquisition of understanding in disciplines such as museology and archaeology is vital for gathering and evaluating clinical proof of such findings and for dissemination through high quality museums. Currently, lack of experienced manpower is a handicap for both these disciplines. This likewise affects tourist”.

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N.S Rangaraju, retired teacher of History and Archaeology, University of Mysuru, said Mysuru was a perfect place for setting up such an institute with its rich history from Satavahana period through Gangas till as recent as Wadiyars.

Apart from the historical monuments in Mysuru and neighbouring Srirangapatna, Prof Rangaraju stated there is historical evidence of a good number of agraharas along the banks of river Cauvery in the vicinity of Talakadu, T Narsipur and Somanathapura.

Megalithic iron carries out, a Roman coin mould in addition to a kiln, besides other antiquities and pottery dating back to megalithic and neolithic ages were found in the Mysuru region, Prof. Rangaraju stated. “We have a constant history of temple architecture from the period of Gangas”.

Prof.Rangaraju, who is also a regional convenor for INTACH, stated there were more than 500 heritage structures in the area, consisting of 100 that are more than a century old. Mysuru has 14 palaces and 24 museums, making it one of the best traveler locations, bring in 82 lakh visitors in 2018 and 86 lakh in2019 Also, Mysuru along with Srirangapatna had actually been stated as heritage city in 2004 by the then Chief Minister S.M. Krishna.

While the heritage structures had spiritual, nonreligious architectural and military architectural representations, the city was well-planned with broad roadways, a fully grown hospitality market with all types of hotels and an excellent environment, making Mysuru a perfect destination for establishing the Indian Institute of Heritage and Preservation.

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