GUWAHATI, April 21 - The Assam State Museum today observed its 77th foundation day in a solemn manner with a foundation day lecture in its Kanaklal Barua Auditorium.
GM Srivastava, IPS (retired) Former DGP of Assam attended as appointed speaker. While delivering his lecture, Srivastava stressed on the importance of preserving the museum and also spoke on the various means to involve the youth in order to participate for preserving the valuable heritage of Assam.
On the occasion, the Foundation Day lecture function was presided over by Madhurima Baruah Sen, Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Assam. The function began with lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by the welcome address by the Director of Museum, Yazing Shimray Wunglengton, who reiterated that the department is mandated to preserve the heritage of Assam as well as the North Eastern States. He said that the museum has been trying to expand its collection by starting the North East Gallery, which has not been completed yet.
He also mentioned that the department has decided to set up a South East Asian Gallery in the Assam State Museum having close association with the South East Asian countries. The department will soon move ahead and upgrade the State Museum into a national museum. It may be mentioned here that the Govt. of Assam has been preparing a master plan of the Assam State Museum, whose first sitting was held recently.
Apart from the dignitaries, officials and staff of the department also attended the function, said an official press release here this evening.