Chandigarh to have Museum of Knowledge

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Chandigarh, Dec 16 (UNI) The Chandigarh Administration has decided to set up the Museum of Knowledge (MoK) in the Capitol Complex as per the original design of the Governor's Palace building, at the same location, planned by Le Corbusier.

The MoK is to be based on the four postulates laid down by Le Corbusier--- ''ethics, sociology, economics, technology'', an official relase today stated.

The MoK in today's context would be a state-of-the-art building with discussion rooms, seminar rooms, research facilities and a library-cum-research centre. An exhibition/display room would be part of the building along with all necessary related facilities.

The MoK is the fourth element of the Capitol Complex, the other three being the Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.

Le Corbusier envisaged the Museum of Knowledge as a space for ''the people'' in the Capitol Complex complementing the other spaces earmarked for the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. This arose from the need to incorporate all four aspects of a functioning democracy in the Capitol.

The French architect envisaged the museum to be a high organism of explanation of the new modern time in its economic, technical, aesthetic and ethical aspects. He expected the use of electronics to help in collecting and disseminating information; in making problems understandable and issues explainable.

Though located outside the national capital, the museum would seek a national, even an international character and role. The obliteration of distance by the net and e-mail would be factored in.

The museum will draw upon all resources, local, national and world-wide. Its core would be provided by the educational, research and state agencies located in Chandigarh. Seminars, debates, discussions on chosen subjects would be organized in the museum through out the year.

Exhibitions and displays of objects would be loaned from other institutions. The museum itself would have a digital library consisting of books, tapes, CDs, computers, etc.

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