New Delhi: The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma today laid the foundation stones of campus buildings of National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMI) and Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) in Noida today. While NMI belongs to the Ministry of Culture, ICI is an Institute of the Ministry of Tourism.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that both these projects were languishing for more than a decade but the hard work of both the Ministries has made it possible to start the process of construction within a short time. He said that these Institutes will help train the youth to find new avenues of employment within the country as well as abroad. They will also go a long way in promoting the culture and culinary art of India, he added. The Minister explained that with the tourism sector expected to witness exponential growth, this sector would require matching trained manpower to manage the infrastructure and services, which these two institutes seek to do.
The Minister disclosed that it will be possible to start the first session of Indian Cultural Institute by 2017 and the Institute will also have collaboration with its foreign counterparts. The Culture Secretary, Mr Ravindra Singh said that the NMI is celebrating its silver jubilee and there is no other institute in the country apart from NMI which is training youth in the area of conserving art and cultural heritage. A permanent campus with world class facilities will help train the youth to set up world class museums along the lines of British Museum or Musée du Louvre which will further promote tourism in the country.
While the project cost of NMI is Rs 90 cr, that of ICI is Rs 70 cr. The Institutes are expected to be completed within two years.