India-UK sign MoU to enhance cultural cooperation

Shripad Naik, India’s minister of state for culture and Sajid Javed, UK’s secretary in the department of culture, media and sport signed the memorandum of understanding in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

Shripad Naik, India’s minister of state for culture and Sajid Javed, UK’s secretary in the department of culture, media and sport signed the memorandum of understanding in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

The two countries will collaborate in museums, libraries, archaeology, performing arts, capacity building programs and skill development

Moulishree Srivastava

New Delhi: India and the UK on Wednesday agreed to enhance cultural cooperation over a period of five years. The two countries will collaborate in museums, libraries, archaeology, performing arts, capacity building programs, skill development, joint publications, archives, cinematography and literature.

Shripad Naik, India’s minister of state for culture and Sajid Javed, UK’s secretary in the department of culture, media and sport signed the memorandum of understanding in New Delhi on Wednesday. Under the partnership, both governments will develop conservation policies, apply conservation techniques and training, digitize and improve records management practices and conserve built heritage, besides forming a collaboration between Indian National Museum and the British Museum, the ministry of culture said in a statement.

The agreement also includes preservation of monuments and Buddhist heritage, infrastructure development at archaeological sites and enhanced people-to-people contact through festivals of India abroad. The alliance also seeks to promote tourism, improve records management in government as well as give a boost to the National Mission on Manuscripts, an autonomous organization under the ministry of culture, which was established in 2003 to survey, locate and conserve Indian manuscripts.

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