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National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property

The National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) (External website that opens in a new window), which was established in 1976, is a Subordinate Office of the Department of Culture, and is recognised by the Department of Science and Technology as a scientific institution of the Government of India. The aims and objectives of the NRLC are to develop conservation of cultural property in the country. To meet its objectives, NRLC provides conservation services and technical advice in matters concerning conservation to museums, archives, archaeology departments and other similar institutions, imparts training in different aspects of conservation, carries out research in methods and materials of conservation, disseminates knowledge in conservation and provides library services to conservators of the country. The headquarters of NRLC is situated at Lucknow, and to further the cause of conservation in the southern region of the country, a regional centre of the NRLC, the Regional Conservation Laboratory is functioning at Mysore. For more information visit NRLC at (External website that opens in a new window).

Scheme of Financial Assistance for Research Support: The scheme covers voluntary organisations which are engaged in cultural activities and are doing research in different aspects of Indian Culture as related to its traditions and philosophy, etc. They should have been functioning for at least three years and registered under the Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860). Financial assistance is given for the following purposes:

  • Holding of conference, seminars and symposia on important cultural matters.
  • To meet expenditure on activities of development nature like conduct of surveys, pilot project, etc.

Grants for specific projects shall be restricted to 75 per cent of the expenditure, subject to a maximum of rupees one lakh per project as recommended by the Expert Committee.

In the year 2004-05, 176 proposals were selected by the Expert Committee for financial assistance for research work to voluntary organisations.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 16-03-2011