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Schemes of Ministry of Culture

Schemes of Ministry of Culture


  • Ministry of Culture is the ministry under the Government of India which is tasked with the preservation and promotion of art and culture of India.
  • India has a rich and diverse cultural heritage that has formed this ministry to preserve, promote as well as disseminate all forms of art and culture across the nation. Prahlad Singh Patel is at present the Minister of Culture.      (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)

Project Mausam

  • Project ‘Mausam’ is a Ministry of Culture project to be implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi as the nodal coordinating agency with support of Archeological Survey of India and National Museum as associate bodies.   (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)
  • The objective of the project is to establish cross-cultural linkages and to revise historic maritime cultural and economic ties with 39 Indian Ocean countries.
  • At the macro level, it aims to re-connect and re-establish communications between countries of the Indian Ocean world, which would lead to an enhanced understanding of cultural values and concerns; while at the micro level, the focus is on understanding national cultures in their regional maritime milieu.
  • The endeavour of Project ‘Mausam’is to position itself at two levels:
    • At the macro level, it aims to re-connect and re-establish communications between countries of the Indian Ocean world, which would lead to an enhanced understanding of cultural values and concerns;
    • At the micro level, the focus is on understanding national cultures in their regional maritime milieu.
  • The Project scope falls under several themes to be explored through various UNESCO Culture Conventions to which the Government of India is a signatory with the Ministry of Culture and ASI as nodal agency.
  • The project, launched by India in partnership with member states, will enable a significant step in recording and celebrating this important phase of world history from the African, Arab and Asian-world perspectives.

Scheme for Promotion of Culture of Science (SPOCS) 

  • The Ministry of Culture operates Scheme for Promotion of Culture of Science (SPOCS) which provides for setting up of Science Cities and Science Centres in all the States of the country subject to availability of funds for the purpose. States willing to avail of this Scheme have to provide land and share the cost of setting up of facility and corpus for upkeep and maintenance.
  • The details of Science Cities set up in the country are as under.
    • Science City, Kolkata, West Bengal
    • Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, Punjab
    • Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    • Regional Science City, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Objectives
    • To portray the growth of science and technology and their application in industry and human welfare, with a view to develop scientific attitude and temper and to create, inculcate and sustain a general awareness amongst the people;     (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)
    • To create awareness & enhance public understanding, appreciation & engagement of public in the process of Science & technology:
    • To popularise science and technology for the benefit of students and for the common man of the region by organising exhibitions, seminars, popular lectures, science camps and various other programmes,
    • To supplement science education given in schools and colleges and to organise various out-of-school educational activities to foster a spirit of scientific inquiry and creativity among the students;
    • To design, develop and fabricate science museum exhibits, demonstration equipment and scientific teaching aids for science education and popularisation of science;
    • To organise training programmes for science teachers students/young entrepreneurs/ technicians/physically challenged/housewives and others on specific subjects of science, technology and industry.

Seva Bhoj Scheme  [Schemes of Ministry of Culture]

  • The Union Ministry of Culture, Government of India has introduced ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ that seeks to reimburse Central share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered by charitable religious institutions.
  • Seva Bhoj Yojna aims to lessens the financial burden of such charitable religious institutions (such as Temples, Gurudwara, Mosque, Church, Dharmik Ashram, Dargah, Matth, Monasteries etc) that provide food/prasad/langar (community kitchen)/bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to public/devotees.
  • Institutions eligible
    • Public trust or body corporate under section 10 of Income Tax Act, 1961 or those registered under section 12AA of Income Tax Act for religious/charitable purposes.
    • Companies registered under Companies Act for religious/charitable purposes.
    • Societies registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 for religious/charitable purposes.
  • CGST and IGST paid on purchase of specific raw food items by Charitable Religious Institutions for distributing free food to the public shall be reimbursed as financial assistance.
  • Financial assistance will be provided on First-cum-First Serve basis of registration linked to funds available for the purpose in a financial Year.    (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)
  • The institutions/organizations should have been in existence for preceding three years before applying for assistance. Only those institutions would be eligible for financial assistance which has been distributing free food, langar and prasad to the public for at-least past three years on the day of application. For this purpose, entities shall furnish a self-certificate.
  • Financial assistance under the scheme shall be given only to those institutions which are not in receipt of any such assistance from the central /state government for the purpose of distributing free food.
  • The institutions shall serve free food to at least 5000 people in a calendar month. Those institutions blacklisted under FCRA or any other rules/acts of the central/state government are ineligible.

Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India

  • The Ministry of Culture has formulated a Scheme titled “Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India, with the objective of reinvigorating and revitalizing various institutions, groups, individuals, identified non-MOC institutions, non-government organisations, researchers and scholars so that they may engage in activities/ projects for strengthening, protecting, preserving and promoting the rich intangible cultural heritage of India.   (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)
  • The objective of the Scheme is to support and strengthen the efforts of various stakeholders vis-a-vis wider recognition and acceptance, dissemination, preservation and promotion of the rich, diverse and vast ICH of India including recognition of the same by UNESCO.
  • The Scheme aims to support
    • Institutions/ Universities/ State Govts/ UT Administrations/ non-MoC Institutions/ Societies/ Non-government organisations, involved in the preservation and propagation of intangible cultural heritage, cultural expressions etc.    (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)
    • Individuals, researchers, scholars, professionals who are involved in the research, training, preservation, perpetuation, dissemination, and propagation of intangible cultural heritage, cultural expressions etc.
  • The Scheme covers all recognized domains of ICH such as oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage, Performing arts, Social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, traditional craftsmanship etc.
  • Assistance under the scheme is provided in the form of non-recurring grants, honoraria, infrastructure grants, etc. with a view to address areas critical for the survival and propagation of all forms of ICH by strengthening organisations/ individuals etc.,   (Schemes of Ministry of Culture)
  • Assistance is also provided for short research and referencing work of relevance to ICH, its presentation, promotion as well as for projects in the field of heritage education, heritage popularization and publication work etc. focusing on ICH.



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