`Museum should conduct roadshows to educate students on history'

CHENNAI DEC. 4. The Chennai Museum should organise roadshows in schools and colleges to preserve history, S. Ramakrishnan, Special Commissioner and Secretary, Food, Cooperation and Consumer Protection, said today.

Speaking at the valedictory of a two-day national seminar on `present trends in museology,' Mr. Ramakrishnan, who served as secretary of Tamil Development-Culture department, said the roadshows would help in educating students on history. The museum had progressed despite odds.

Still, there were some "areas that need to be looked into". It could display `touch and feel' objects that would benefit the visually impaired. It could devote a separate section on traditional jewellery designs of the country, in the light of India emerging as a leading player in the global gem and jewellery trade.

K. T. Narasimhan, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI (Chennai Circle), described museums as the "only informal educational institutions," where even illiterate people could be educated. The ASI was renovating the old Connemara building at a cost of Rs. 1.2 crores and about 70 per cent of the works were completed.

R. Kannan, Commissioner of Museums and Agriculture, said the seminar was a finale to the 150th year celebrations of the museum. About 30 papers were presented.

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