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No show for 3D freedom museum

delhi Updated: Aug 15, 2011 23:21 IST
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Hindustan Times
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Had things gone as per plan, India would have got its first modern Independence museum in time to celebrate its 64th year of freedom.

To be called 'The Independence Experience', the museum will be a first-of-its-kind in the country that would cover over 200 years of history.

A Rs 60-crore project to be funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), it's been more than two years since the foundation stone was laid, but the site is still waiting for the construction work to start.

Planned in August 2008 by Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), the museum is to come up on a five-acre plot near the Academy of Third World Studies on the university campus.

"The funds allotted by UGC were used for expanding classrooms, upgrading laboratories and building new hostels. There was an immediate need for new infrastructure. The museum project hasn't been scrapped. It has been put on hold. We'll ask for more funds from the government," said Simi Malhothra, media co-coordinator, Jamia Milia Islamia.

The project was to be completed by this year. The concept included mini-theatres where visitors could experience the horror of Partition and freedom struggle in 3D.

"There were other more important challenges before the university. The increasing strength of students was one of the major concerns. The project would definitely see the light of day soon," Malhothra added.

The foundation stone of the museum was laid by the then HRD minister, late Arjun Singh, in 2008. The museum would have showcased the contribution and role of Dalits as well as minorities in the freedom movement.

"The museum would have given Jamia an international touch. It would have made contemporary history of India easy learning for the students," said Rameez Khan, a former Jamia student.