Dr Mahesh Sharma lays foundation stone of campus buildings of National Museum Institute and Indian Culinary Institute

Dr Mahesh Sharma lays foundation stone of campus buildings of National Museum Institute and Indian Culinary Institute

Institutes will help generate employment, promote Indian culture and culinary art : Dr Mahesh Sharma

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 ICI 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.

The Tourism Secretary said that setting up of both the Institutes simultaneously and in close proximity to each other will be highly beneficial since tourism is incomplete without culture. Indian cuisine is highly appreciated all over the world and ICI will try to train youth who will match upto international standards and have global demand, he said.

The ICI will offer programs in kitchen management, molecular gastronomy, plate presentation, food styling and displays, anthropology, etc. Besides documentation and research of regional and global cuisines, the institute would comprise a patent and legal cell and a museum of traditional foods.

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.


Siri Fort Auditorium amongst the top 50 auditoriums for cinema viewing in India- Col Rajyavardhan Rathore

Minister inaugurates Indian Panorama Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium

Siri Fort Auditorium Complex renovated with state of Art equipment

8 day festival to screen 26 feature films and 15 Non- feature films

Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting has said the upgarded projection and sound facilities at Siri Fort Auditorium had positioned the venue amongst the top 50 auditoriums within the country that screened films for public viewing. The renovated infrastructure reiterated the vision of the I&B Ministry to establish world class viewing facilities for screening films that incorporated technical brilliance in totality. The Siri Fort auditorium had set high standards which were normally found in the corporate domain. The digital projection and Dolby sound system would enable cinema lovers to enjoy a memorable viewing of movies. The Minister stated this while inaugurating the Indian Panaroma film festival and the renovated facilities at the Siri Fort auditorium complex here today.

Speaking further, the Minister mentioned that the Films representing the Indian Panaroma section had a profound impact on the different International Film Festivals abroad. The effort would now focus on mainstreaming the impact of Indian Culture through the medium of Cinema.The Ministry was keen on organizing Film festivals as films are carriers of culture, tradition and values. Indian films had been a soft medium to reach out to a global audience. More film festivals would be organized in the future and at the same time , there would be enhanced participation in the Film festivals abroad.

Also speaking on the occasion, Secretary I&B, Shri Bimal Julka said that the Indian Panaroma showcased high quality films abroad. The Panaroma section reiterated the power of Indian regional cinema. Films were the appropriate medium to celebrate India’s unity and diversity. The renovated facilities at Siri Fort had been done keeping in mind the needs of good viewing for Cinema lovers.

The Siri Fort Auditorium has lately gone through a complete make-over with state-of-the-art equipments being installed in the complex. In the Plan Scheme 2013-2017, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has made these efforts to modernize the Projection and Sound System of all the Four Auditoriums here. In Audi-1 & 2, high-end Digital Cinema Projectors of 4K resolution have been installed, while other two small auditoriums (AUDI 3 & 4) now have the latest Digital Cinema Projectors of 2K resolution. Besides projection system, Cinema sound and PA systems have also been upgraded. The Ministry has spent nearly 5 crore rupees to make this prestigious Auditorium Complex of International standards.

Audi-2 is now equipped with the best digital cinema projection technology along with Silver Screen, 3-D Projection System and Dolby Atmos Sound System. Dolby Atmos is considered to be the best sound effects presently available in the globe and only a few theatres in India have this sound system. Besides, Siri Fort Complex has preserved the traditional 35 mm and 16 mm analogue projection to enjoy the old classics of Indian Cinema which are available in analogue format only. It makes the Complex equipped to project films in both digital and analogue formats.Besides technical upgradation, the security arrangements, auditorium roofs and sanitary fittings have also gone through re-modulling. Aesthetical upgradation of Auditorium –II has been done by providing new chairs, carpet and projection friendly look.

Organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Festival would screen 26 Feature Films and 15 Non-Feature Films. The Opening Film of the Festival was Gour Hari Dastaan – The Freedom File directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan. The 8 day Festival would showcase all the films selected in the Indian Panorama section as part of the 45th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2014. The Director of the opening film and lead actor Vinay Pathak were present on the occasion.


18th National Conference on e-Governance concludes in Gandhinagar

The two-day 18th National Conference on e-Governance with the theme “Digital Governance-New Frontier” concluded in Gandhinagar, Gujarat today. Addressing the valedictory session, Governor of Gujarat, Shri Om Prakash Kohli said that that e-Governance is important because it is the most easy, effective and economical governance. He said that it is one of the most useful fields of Information Technology and brings about Empowerment, Equity, Efficiency besides being the most economic mode of governance. He said that this conference has been very useful in creating awareness among officers dealing with e-Governance.

Shri Kohli mentioned the successful implementation of various e-Governance Programmes executed by the Gujarat State Government. He mentioned that Mobile technology is a preferred mode for delivery of services under the e-Governance. He expressed the hope that the Government, Industry and Academia would forge stronger ties to create programmes and institutes with focus on Skill Development in the field of Information & Communication Technology (ICT). He stated that Indian youth will bring development to our nation through the use of ICT.

The second day of the conference started with a panel discussion on “Skill Development and Employability” within the perspective of e-Governance, being the focus sector of this year’s Conference. Further, panel discussions on “Partnership with Industry – New Business Model and Service Delivery”; and “Citizen Services in a Smart City – New Paradigm” were also held. In all the panel discussions held during the two-day conference, eminent personalities from Government, Industries, IIM, e-Governance Board, Estonia, ILO, World Bank, etc participated as panelists.

Shri Govindbhai Patel, Minister of State, Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat also addressed on this occasion. He emphasised the need for all the States to work towards restructuring and re-focusing of existing schemes so as to implement them in a synchronized manner by introducing process improvements at minimal costs. He urged to take a few steps to enable access, make it affordable, allow for an environment for development of applications and encourage people to adopt internet. Shri Patel expressed confidence that this would lead to a self-sustaining process.

The Conference was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel yesterday. During the inaugural Session, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave his message on Twitter that e-Governance is an essential part of our dream of Digital India. The two-day Conference was organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) and Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India in collaboration with the Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat. The National Awards on excellence in e-Governance for the year 2014-15 were given by Gujarat Chief Minister yesterday.


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