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The urgent need to initiate advanced studies in the areas of History of Art, Conservation, and Museology has been discussed for years and the first step was taken in 1983, when diploma and post graduate diploma courses in History of International and Modern Art and their Sources and Restoration of Oil paintings were initiated in National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. In the year 1985, the programme was shifted to National Museum and its scope was expanded to include teaching of History of Art, covering both Ancient and Modern, Eastern and Western. The programme of Restoration of Oil paintings was also widened to include the restoration of other works of art of organic and inorganic material.

With a view that the students can benefit and make a career out of these advanced studies, and because of the fact that mere diplomas may not make them eligible to apply and compete for various posts in the museums, galleries and universities, it was considered appropriate to set up an Institute that could award its own M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Thus the Society of the National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology, Delhi was formed and registered on January 27, 1989 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Based on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India accorded the status of 'Deemed to be University' on April 29, 1989 to the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, to be administered by the above Society.

The Institute, being located in the National Museum, utilizes the entire infrastructure of the National Museum - its laboratory, workshops, auditorium, library, modeling section, photo section and of course, its art collection, both on show and in reserve.
The Institute mainly runs three M.A. and three Ph.D. courses - one each in the disciplines of History of Art, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Museology. Other Courses are subsidiary.
The three courses are integrated. For example, an M.A. student (Conservation) studies one basic course in Museology and one in History of Art in addition to his/her own courses in Conservation.
One Foreign language (German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Greek) or Classical Language (Sanskrit, Tamil, Prakrit, Persian, Arabic) is compulsory for the M.A. and Ph.D. students. Language classes in French, German and Sanskrit are held in the Institute between 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. In addition to theory classes, demonstrations / practical classes are held by taking the students around the galleries/reserve collections /workshops. As a part of practical training, visit-cum-demonstration-cum-lecture to one or more museums/monuments/academies/universities is arranged.
Symposiums, seminars, conferences and special lectures by eminent persons in the fields related to the Institute are held regularly.
The medium of instruction is English. However, the students are allowed to submit their answer sheets, seminars, dissertations research papers etc. either in English or in Hindi.
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Mission & Vision
The following are the prime objectives of the Institute:-
Providing for various courses of study, training and research in different branches of History of art, Museology, Conservation, etc.;
Collaborating with other national institutions dealing with cultural property, like the National Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, Anthropological Survey of India, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Archives of India and the like, in order to share the material, curatorial / technical expertise and facilities;
Interacting on a continuing basis at the national level to improve standards of teaching in the above fields;
Providing academic guidance and leadership; and (v) publishing such works of the Institute as may have contributed substantially to the fields of specialization.
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M.A. (History of Art) : Desirable - Background in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts or Fine Arts
M.A. (Museology)B.A./B.Sc. (Honours) or B.A./B.Sc./B.F.A. (3 years) in any discipline under Humanities and Social Sciences/Science. Desirable - Background/ PG Diploma in subjects ...
M.A. (History of Art) M.A. (Conservation) M.A. (Museology)
·Ph.D. (History of Art)
Ph.D. (Conservation)
Ph.D.(History of Art) Ph.D. (Conservation) Ph.D. (Museology)
ELEGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION 1. A masters degree from a recognized University / Institution of higher learning with high second class (55% marks) in the subject con...
ELEGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION M.A. (History of Art): A Graduate Degree from a recognized University. Good academic record with minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade at ...
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