National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation & Museology [NMIHACM]
The National Museum Institute of History of Art Conservation and Museology also known as ‘NMIHACM’, the abbreviated version, is deemed to be a University under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of the Government of India.
It was during 1983 that the concept to establish an Institute for advanced studies in the field of History of Art, Conservation, and Museology was realised after several discussions were held over the past years. The NMIHACM Institute was opened to students seeking a Diploma or Post graduate Diploma programme in History of International and Modern Art that encapsulates the training on Sources and Restoration of Oil paintings too which were initiated in the National Gallery of Modern Art at New Delhi.
In 1985, the Diploma programme was moved to the National Museum and the scope of the course was expanded to further encapsulate the teaching of History of Art that covers both Ancient and Modern & Eastern and Western ideas & methodology. The programme on Restoration of Oil paintings was further expanded to encapsulate training in the restoration of other works of art of organic and inorganic materials too.
Since the NMIHACM Institute concentrated only in Diplomas course, it was soon realised that the students would in fact benefit if they could earn a degree in this field and make a career out of these advanced studies as diplomas cannot support an eligibility for these students to apply, compete or even secure a definite post in Universities, Museums and Art Galleries. The NMIHACM Institute then gained a statutory status where they could award their own Masters Degree or M. A. and Ph. D. Degrees to students. Hence, the Society of the National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology in Delhi was officially formed and on 27th January 1989, it was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
On 29th April 1989, after a strong recommendation of the University Grants Commission (India), the Ministry of Human Resources Development of the Government of India accorded the status of 'Deemed to be University' to the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology or NMIHACM and it was administered by the aforementioned Society.
NMIHACM Institute offers courses on M. A. (History of Art), M. A. (Conservation) & M. A. (Museology). Each course has a specific duration and the number of seats that can be granted to deserving students. These include;
Students of NMIHACM can access the National Museum Institute Library that homes a wide collection of 68,014 Slides that comprise of a collection of ACSAA on selected topics. This collection is fully digitized whereas the Library itself is fully automated with ‘New Generation Total Library Management Software’ or NGTLMS in short. This software holds a databank of important books, journals, photographs and documents on related topics. The library also subscribes to a number of reputed journals in the field of History of Art, Museology, Conservation, Archaeology, Library Science and so forth from across the globe.
The Library also houses a cluster of 7 computers connected through the local area network (LAN) that provides access to the library software and also offers Internet access facilities through broadband services and through a Wi-Fi networking system. The library also provides facilities like scanning, printing & photocopying in black & white and colour at a very nominal charge to its users.
The NMIHACM Institute churns out its own prestigious publications of which the notable publications during the last 2 to 3 years include a book titled ‘Cultural Interface of India with Asia : Religion, Art and Architecture’ that was published in May 2004. This book was edited by Prof. Anupa Pande and Dr. Parul Pandya Dhar of the Department of History of Art. The other is a book titled ‘God & King: The Devaraja Cult in South Asian Art & Architecture’ that was published in March 2005 and was edited by Prof. Arputharani Sengupta in the Department of History of Art. And third publication is the ‘Restoration of Indian Miniature Paintings’ which was published in 2006 and was written by Shri K. K. Gupta, who is a visiting faculty member in the Department of Conservation of the Institute