GUWAHATI, July 12 - The North East Regional Centre of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) and city-based conservation body the Heritage Conservation Society of Assam (HeCSA) have identified several areas for mutual cooperation and collaboration like setting up a research centre for conservation, restoration and digitisation of the old manuscripts of the State.
A press release issued by the HeCSA here said that besides taking up joint collaborative projects, the HeCSA would extend all necessary local support to the IGNCA in carrying out its activities in Assam.
The HeCSA has already signed an MoU with the KK Handiqui Government Sanskrit College, Guwahati to consolidate support to develop the infrastructure and to run the administration of the research centre mentioned above.
It needs mention here that IGNCA, a national level organisation functioning under the Union Ministry of Culture, is working in the areas of protection, preservation and promotion of different indigenous art forms, covering diverse fields like handlooms, handicraft, folk cultures, manuscripts, rural sports, etc., of the country, while its NE Regional Centre is working in all these areas in the whole of the NE region.
The HeCSA, a non-profit organisation working in the areas of preservation and conservation of tangible and intangible heritage of the State, has also prepared a project named �Nabin Tan-Man Bikash Yojana�. The project has been submitted to the State government for implementation in the schools as part of their curricular activities for the mental and physical development of the school children.
The HeCSA has collected details of about 290 traditional games from different parts of the State for preparing this project. It is also offering internship courses in archaeology for interested students from all over the country.
It has so far restored the over a century-old structure of the Christ Church at Panbazar in the city, the over-100-year-old Chemistry Building of the Cotton University, the residential bungalow of the Cotton College Principal, the new Arts Building of Cotton University and the historic North Brook Gate at Sukreswarghat, said the press release.
In the discussion held between the IGNCA NE Regional Centre and the HeCSA, the IGNCA was led by Dr Richa Negi and the HeCSA was led by its advisor and former State Additional Chief Secretary Himanshu Sekhar Das.