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Jorhat prod for museum study

Jorhat, Nov. 21: The Jorhat district museum has initiated an awareness drive on study of museums (museology) among the high and higher education schools.

In the first phase, five schools have been selected for the purpose of which four are in the rural areas.

An awareness drive was conducted today at Sankardev Seminary High School here.

“We have started this special initiative by preparing an interactive module to create awareness among the upcoming generation of the rich historical past of the region and to inform about the need to preserve and conserve ancient items and also careers avenues available in this field,” said Jorhat district museum officer Gautam Bordoloi.

Launched in the first week of November in the district, awareness drives were already conducted in two schools in the district.

The officer said today’s presentation at the school included the evolution, functioning and importance of museum, a PowerPoint presentation of important of monuments in Assam and a session with Sundor Saikia, a painter, on the aesthetic of artefacts and monuments.

“We conducted interactive sessions with students. We also informed them to submit any artefact found by an individual to the nearest museum authorities directly or through the local administration,” Bordoloi said.

He said other resource persons from the department too were brought to speak to the students on different aspects of the subject during the presentation.

Underlining the importance of a museum, the officer said each ancient object carried a lot of information on the kind of civilization that existed during that time.

He said in western countries and even in the big metros in the country, museums are popular tourist attractions. . Besides Guwahati, only nine districts in the state have museums but most of them were yet to get a permanent place, he added.

Like in the case of Jorhat, the building is still under construction on a plot near the old bungalow of inspector of schools.

He said Upper Assam districts have a rich historical past with a number of monuments and institutions.

There are a number of career opportunities in archaeology, museology apart from jobs in the government sector, educational institutes and NGOs.