Ministry of Culture: Other Bodies

Indian Museum

Indian Museum, an autonomous organization of Ministry of Culture, inter-alia is engaged in re-organization and renovation of galleries and also in obtaining ethnographic specimen and techno socio and economic cultural data. It houses a large number of ancient collections of precious artifacts and sculptures. Modernization of Indian Museum will be taken up during 2013-14 on the occasion of its bicentenary celebration.

Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture. It is engaged in conservation, preservation, acquisition of art objects of historical importance and educational activities such as exhibitions, popular lectures, gallery talks, seminars etc.

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal

IGRMS is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture. IGRMS is Museum conceived as a growing  movement to depict the story of human kind in time and space highlighting human biological and cultural evolution with special reference to India and to revitalize the living Museum of the country with its varied tapestry of cultures and community knowledge systems. It is being developed around general anthropology as its cultural discipline.and it seeks to attain its objective by setting (1) indoor museum with extensive galleries and (2) outdoor complex permanent open-air exhibition.

National Library, Kolkata

It serves as a prominent repository of all reading and information materials produced in India as well as abroad concerning India. It has a rich collection of Persian, Sanskrit, Arabic and Tamil manuscripts and also rare books.It is the recipient library under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act, 1954 and the repository library in South Asia.

Delhi Public Library (DPL)

Established in 1951, it has been providing free library services to the citizens of Delhi. It is a recipient library under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act, 1954.

Raja Ram Mohun Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata

Established in 1972, it aims to promote and support public library movements in the country by providing adequate library services through assistance and by developing reading habits all over the country.

Other Libraries

These include Central Reference Library, Kolkata, Central Library, Mumbai, Khuda Baksh Oriental Public Library, Patna, which is nearly 100 years old and has a rich collection of old and rare books and manuscripts, Rampur Raza Library, Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur; and Connemera Library, Chennai, etc.