Master's in Archival Studies & ManuscriptologyAligarh Muslim University
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The Museology course at Aligarh Muslim University was started in 1973 with Post Graduate Diploma in Museology under the Center of Professional Courses to train the students for various technical positions in museums & archives.
In the year 1988 a full-fledged Department of Museology was created under the Faculty of Life Sciences. A new course namely Post M.Sc. Diploma in Museology was introduced.
Today when Museology has been established as an academic discipline and Museum work as an independent profession, the need to start a master's course in Museology was felt. The proposal was submitted to the U.G.C. for the same. In the year 2004 the U.G.C. under the Special Assistance for Innovative Courses sanctioned the Masters Course in Museology to the Department. Three batches of M.Sc. (Museology) course have already passed out. Many of them are working in Museums, Research Institutes and Conservation Centers on various positions.
India has the largest collection of manuscripts in the world. Old manuscripts, rare printed books, significant archival and alike material constitute our most precious National Heritage, specially, the manuscripts written in various languages, scripts and on different materials. They are spread all over the world in different libraries, academic institutions, museums, temples, khanqahs, monasteries, and in private collections. Besides providing information on variety of subjects, some of these materials have unique artistic quality, craftsmanship, beautiful scripts and fine calligraphy. But, unfortunately the rich manuscripts wealth of India today faces a threat of survival.
Considering the above, the Department of Museology has proposed to start following courses in Manuscriptology and Paleography under the XI Five Year Plan.
Details about seminar library, computer labs, other labs and facilities in the department.
Presently the Department have one Computer Lab, Exhibit Fabrication Lab, Conservation Lab, Photography Lab, Display Unit and Carpentry Unit.
The Department has the Seminar Library equipped with books on Museology, Conservation and other related subjects. Few important national and international journals on the subject are also available in the Seminar Library.
The Department offers consultancy work in Museum Development, Planning and Conservation of Cultural Property and Natural History Specimens.
The Department offers Research in the following thrust areas of the Museology
1.Museum Management & Marketing,
2.Museum interpretation techniques
3.Preservation & Conservation of Museum Objects
4.Preservation of Natural & Cultural Heritage
5.Museum Display and Exhibit Evaluation Techniques
6.Role of Museum in Society
7.Biodeterioration of Museum Materials
8.Preservation of Intangible Heritage of India
9.Latest trends in Museum theory & practice
10.Use of Modern Technology in Various functions of Museum