Ministry Of Culture Current Affairs - 2019

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“Project Mausam”: Culture Ministry initiative to explore multi-faceted Indian Ocean

India’s Union Ministry of Culture launched “Project Mausam” at the 38th summit of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar. The Project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean region and collaborate archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean.

Several countries including China, UAE, Qatar, Iran, Myanmar, and Vietnam have also shown keen interest in this project.

New Delhi will host first international conference on “Project Mausam” in February 2015 with national and international research partners and collaborators. The theme of the conference will be “Great Centres of Learning: Knowledge Societies and the Making of the Indian Ocean region”.

ASI & Google jointly launched the 360 Degree Online View of Indian Heritage Sites

The Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) and Google jointly launched 360-degree panoramic imagery of 30 out of 100 “nationally-important monuments”.

Objective: To create a dynamic, immersive online experience by which people within India and around the world can understand and engage more of India’s diverse cultural heritage.

  • In pursuance of the signed agreement with ASI and Union Culture Ministry, Google created a virtual walkthrough application using its Street View Trekker technology for the first time in India.

The images of sites that can be accessed on Google Maps through Street View are the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Fatehpuri Sikri, Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra Fort, Krishnagiri Fort, Rajagiri Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Agha Khan Palace, Fort St George, Nagarjuna Hill, Raigad Fort, etc. 

Note: Street View Trekker Technology is a Street View camera platform, with 15 cameras on board that capture a 360-degree view of the area around. It is mounted on a wearable backpack and the total unit weighs around 20 kg. The operator walks through pedestrian routes and is designed to reach places that can be accessed by foot.