Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain on Tuesday constituted a committee for the acquisition, collection, evaluation, purchase and conservation of antiques and artifacts from the inhabitants of Faisalabad that will be kept at the newly established Lyallpur Museum.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the museum’s board of governors with the divisional commissioner in the chair.
Hussain stressed the need for developing the Lyallpur Museum as a ‘living museum of history’, which he said, would be enriched by adding more artifacts so that the interest of visitors could be maintained.
He said that cultural heritage of Faisalabad region dated back to the stone age. Remnants of the Harappa Civilization, he said, were still found in the Kamalia area.
He directed the city district government to handover the coronation library adjacent to the Lyallpur Museum to the museum authorities so that sufficient room could be made available for the new artifacts and antiquities from the region.
He also directed the officials concerned to conserve the historic achievements of freedom fighters belonging to Faisalabad division in the form of documentaries.
It was decided that 10 thematic galleries and a hall for exhibition of documentary movies will also be set up. He said a separate gallery will be set up for display of work of 100 eminent scholars, scientists, philosophers, educationists and leaders from the Faisalabad division.
The divisional commissioner also constituted another committee for the preparation of a feasibility report for designing a post graduate diploma course in heritage management sciences in collaboration with the Government College University Faisalabad and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He said that the new post graduate diploma would be specified for school teachers. He said it would aim at creating awareness about conserving the local cultural heritage for the new generation.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2012.