Rich cultural heritage of Punjab to be preserved: Swaran Singh

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Chandigarh, Nov 22 (UNI) Keeping in view to preserve and promote cultural heritage of Punjab, a high level meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Punjab Cultural Affairs Archaeology and Museums) Principal Secretary Dr Swaran Singh, in which prominent personalities in the field of art and culture especially of archaeology were also invited.

Dr Swaran Singh said that during the meeting the participants expressed concern over the neglect of the important field of archaeology and museums in Punjab.

Giving more details regarding cultural affairs, Dr Swaran Singh said that there are about 1400 sites related to the Indus Valley Civilisation, out of which about 425 are in Pakistan and the remaining 975 are in Punjab.

He emphasised to explore the opportunities to involve NGOs which may help in discovering the unknown facts of the history and subsequently the ways and means to conserve and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the state.

The Principal Secretary further said, "It is sad to know that our generation is ignorant about the contribution Punjab has made in various fields, which needs to be highlighted by publishing broachers relating to the archaeological aspects and the artifacts displayed/lying in the museums. Efforts should be made to achieve these goals in the near future." Punjab Museums archaeological officer-cum-curator K K Rishi said that they had discovered about 600 such sites in Punjab, which reveals data of different cultures.

In the meeting, various suggestions and views were given by all the participants as to how the systematic and scientific research can help in discovering and preserving the heritage in the state.


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