The Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Department of Archaeology, T. S. Sridhar on Saturday held discussions in connection with the centenary celebrations of the Government Museum here. The District Collector, A. Suganthi and other officials participated in the meeting.

The Government Museum is the second biggest and oldest museum after the Chennai Museum in the state. This museum was set up by the Pudukottai Samasthanam rulers in 1910.

The State government has allotted a sum of Rs. 80 lakhs for celebrating the centenary of the museum in a fitting manner. While Rs. 35 lakh will be spent for the construction of an auditorium, Rs. 26 lakh will be spent for the renovation of the roof, and the rest for the other renovation works, holding exhibitions etc, Dr. Sridhar said in a press release.

S. Govindaraj, Curator of the Government Museum, Pudukottai, Asokan from Chennai Museum, Selvaraj, Curator of the Thanjavur Government Museum, J. Raja Mohamed, former Deputy Director of Government Museums, M. Muthu Srinivasan, President, Pudukottai Ilakkiya Kazhagam, Ayyadurai, Professor of History, H.H. The Rajah’s College and others participated in the meeting.