Itanagar, Sep 12 (UNI): To preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the country, the Centre has initiated a national project on 'indigenous knowledge system' and formulating a plan to document culture with oral practices in a digitalized form, according to Dr V R Rao, Director in-charge of Anthropological Survey of India (ASI).
Talking to reporters here yesterday on the sideline of the month-long exhibition on 'human origins, genome and people of India', at Arunachal Science Center here, Dr. Rao informed that the union ministry of culture had identified 91 cultural zones and villages across the country.
Anthropology students would be employed on contractual basis to do research, monitor, observe and participate in the lives of these selected villages to collect data, the director stated.
Dr. Rao said the ASI was looking on the possibilities for a tie up with Rajiv Gandhi University, Directorates of research and health services for setting up of such unit here. Mapping of human genome with different environment had already taken up in Andhra Pradesh, Mysore and Jodhpur with a consortium of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Jodhpur, and Mysore Medical College, he informed.
The project was undertaken under the Eleventh Plan.
Families and communities were recruited for the study of diabetes disease which was expected to be completed within two years. Efforts have been carried out to study factors for genetic and community disorders, he said adding, all complex diseases were genome based.
In the North Eastern hilly states there were large number of cases of G-6 phosphate de-hydrogenous deficiency and Thalassemia deficiency for which a study of human genome needed to be carried out, he suggested and said that the ASI would put its own resources and manpower to do mapping on the human gene and data collection.