India trains future cultural leaders

A unique collaboration between the Ministry of Culture for the Republic of India, the National Culture Fund and the British Museum.

As part of long term planning for the cultural sector the National Culture Fund under the Ministry of Culture for the Republic of India has initiated a training programme for future directors and cultural leaders to ensure museums across India have a strong foundation for development in the 21st century.

This Leadership Training Programme has been developed in collaboration with the British Museum, a world leader in its field with a strong history of providing tailor-made training for curators and museum professionals across the world. The British Museum has used its experience to develop the first programme of its kind, focussing specifically on developing the leaders of tomorrow.

Participants have been selected from existing museum professionals and scholars through a joint Ministry of Culture/British Museum interview process. They will take part in three sessions of training which have been specially created to balance the theoretical with the practical, building on participants existing skills and advising on museum best practice. The training has been carefully shaped to ensure participants can immediately apply and share their knowledge and skills within their organisations. The first session commences in Delhi in January 2012, the second in London in March, and the final session in Mumbai in May. This will ensure the training has the highest possible impact and takes advantage of local conditions.

Museums are increasingly engaging personnel with a wide variety of skills to increase their profile and remain relevant to 21st century audiences. While academic scholarship remains the bedrock of our organisations, it is increasingly acknowledged that this work benefits from, and is enhanced by individuals with different specialisms. The range of practitioners involved in conducting the training programme is broad. Among many others, sessions will be taught by specialists in strategic planning, project management, exhibition display, education, communications, marketing, digital technology, conservation and security, drawing on their extensive first-hand experience of working museum environments.

As part of the training programme, Indian scholars will be given substantial access to the British Museum’s world collection and will be encouraged to share their invaluable knowledge, particularly of the Indian collections. The exchange of knowledge between Indian and British Museum scholars will be strongly encouraged and it is hoped will form a foundation for future collaboration in the areas of research and publication.

Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum said ‘Across the world, museums are places where many different publics can explore their history and understand the world as it is now. India has an incomparable heritage, with museums whose collections are a unique resource for understanding India – what it has been and what it will be.’


For further information please contact Hannah Boulton on  or + 44 (0)20 7323 8522, or Joyoti Roy, National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, on  or 011-23386869.

Notes to editors

  • The National Culture Fund was set up as a trust under the Ministry of Culture in 1996, and aims to promote and support Indian heritage in partnership with communities..
  • The training begins in Delhi in January 2012. A second session will take place at the British Museum in March 2012, with the final part of the programme in Mumbai in May 2012
  • The British Museum hosts a highly respected International training Programme in the UK each year. Since its launch, 93 participants have attended from 16 countries, including India. Evaluation has demonstrated that participants leave the six week programme with increased confidence and new ideas to apply in their working environments. ‘The ITP gave me a lot of new ideas in relation to presentation, communication, and other aspects of Museology but the most important is in my attitude towards our profession and the enthusiasm to share professional knowledge. In the museum profession, we not only deal with objects but also deal with people, their cultures, emotions and traditions. This makes the museum profession more exciting and special. I have many plans for the future which will see the light of reality.’Vandana Prapanna, Curator of Indian Miniature Painting, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India