THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: More than 2,500 dolls collected from around the world will be exhibited at a museum scheduled to be inaugurated by Law Minister M. Vijayakumar on the premises of the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare here on Friday.
The renovated nursery and child care facilities of the council will also be inaugurated along with the doll museum, spread over 5,000 sq.ft. Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy would inaugurate the nursery and child care centre, Council secretary P. Krishnan said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Works on the doll museum and a new building for the nursery began in July 2009. The 8,100-sq.m. facility includes a nursery, crèche, play room, kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, staff area and an intensive care unit for sick children.
Mr. Krishnan said that the renovation cost around Rs. 60 lakh, with the doll museum expenses coming to Rs.18 lakh. Entry fee to the doll museum, one of the biggest in the country, will be fixed later.
Mr. Krishnan said that the council had launched many initiatives in the last three years. These include setting up ‘Ammathottils’ in all districts in the State, conducting regular camps and competitions for children, starting 180 new creches in the State, a special school for autistic children and launching a children’s magazine. The council has also launched short term courses on child care in association with the Kerala University.
Mayor C. Jayan Babu is scheduled to launch the new website of the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare on January 15. MLA V. Sivankutty will inaugurate the renovated children’s park while M. Prakashan Master MLA will release the collection of poetry ‘Pularipookkal’ at the function.