07, Mar 2019
Prelims level : Indian culture Mains level :
Prelims: Indian culture
- The government is planning to house them in one place an ‘Earth Museum’ for better conserving the prehistoric heritage,
- From dinosaur fossils to pre-human skulls, India is home to a vast treasury of geological and palaeontological specimens that contain a wealth of scientific information about the planet and its history
- But these rare specimens are scattered in different labs all over the country.
- This museum will be modelled on the American Museum of Natural History, or the Smithsonian museum in the U.S. The museum, which will be set up as a public-private partnership, would be located somewhere in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram.
- Such a repository was necessary to make people aware of India’s palaeontological and geological wealth. “There is a lot of history in India, but somehow it hasn’t been communicated well.
- Another concern was that several collections of fossils and important geological specimens weren’t properly organised, and they survived only due to the efforts of individual researchers who maintained them within their labs.
- A single site, accessible to the public as well as researchers wanting to investigate rare and important finds, was necessary.
- The PSA led a meeting of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) last November, where the need for such a museum was endorsed.
- A meeting of experts from the U.S., the U.K, and South Korea is scheduled to be held in Delhi in on this.