Hiring professionals for cultural bodies okayed

October 12th, 2010 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) The union cabinet Tuesday approved the creation of posts for professionals in the country’s premier cultural organisations, including the National Museum and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Several of India’s top institutions have been facing a shortage of skilled manpower, with post of National Museum director general lying vacant for the last four years.

“The union cabinet today (Tuesday) approved the proposal to fill up the gaps in the organizational structure of cultural institutions with professionals, so that the heads of organization and their teams can work together, to upgrade and modernize these organisations,” said a government press release.

It said that this would help bring in the best international practices.

“For the purpose of achieving the above goals, it is necessary to create suitable posts of professionals in the ASI, the National Archives of India (NAI), the National Museum and the National Library equivalent to professors in the university system,” he said.

The ministry of culture has already initiated the revision of the recruitment rules for the post of heads of eight premier cultural organisations to allow recruitment of experts.

Three professionals have already been selected as the heads of the ASI, the NAI and the National Library through search-cum-selection procedures. “Similar procedures are in operation for other posts,” said the press release.

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