National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities

National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA) was launched in March 2007 with the primary objective of preparing a national database on monuments and antiquities in the country. To implement various activities pertaining to the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities, a State Level Implementation Committee has formed. This Committee will identify professional institutions and individuals who can undertake projects on compilation of data pertaining to built heritage and sited, and documentation of antiquities. The State Level Implementation Committee will periodically review and monitor the work of the mission at State Level. The composition of the (SLIC) is as follows .

National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities

India has an extraordinarily rich, vast and diverse cultural heritage in the form of built heritage, archaeological sites and remains since prehistoric times. The sheer magnitude in number alone is overwhelming and these are the symbols of both cultural expression and evolution. There now appears to prevail a fundamental lack of knowledge, understanding and, perhaps, interest in our past: in what constitutes the heritage of India, the process that governed its coming into being, and how this heritage relates to the people. Its manifestations expressed in cultural forms are losing their traditional essence in rapidly transforming lifestyles in an era of industrial growth.

There is, however, no comprehensive record in the form of database where such archaeological resources in terms of built heritage, sites and antiquities can be referred. As a result this finite, non-renewable and irreversible resource of our country is fast disappearing without any record for the posterity. Therefore there is an urgent need for a proper survey of such resources, and based on that an appropriate archaeological heritage resource management and policy can be formulated.

In view of the above, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India made an announcement on Independence Day, 2003 for setting up of a National Mission on India's Tangible Heritage. Accordingly the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities was launched on 19th March 2007.

Time Frame and Scope

The National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities proposes to launch its activities through out the country with independent functional strategy in each state and union territory. It is envisaged that mandate of the Mission should be achieved within a stipulated time frame of five years i.e. 2007-2012.

Secretary (Culture) : Chairman
Secretary (Panchayati Raj) : Member
Dr.P.J Cherian : Member (Nominated by Govt of Kerala)
Dr.M.R Raghava Warrier : Member (Nominated by Govt. of Kerala)
Shri. K.K Ramamurthy : Member (Nominated by Archaeological Survey Of India)
Dr.K.K.N Kurup : Member (Nominated by Archaeological Survey Of India)

Director, : Member
National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities.
Director, State Archaeology : Member

Superintending Archaeologist : Member Secretary
Archaeological Survey Of India,
Thrissur Circle.

Dr. Hemachandran : State Project Co-ordinator for Kerala,
Superintending Archaeologist(Rtd.),
Department of Archaeology,
Govt. of Kerala,
Sreepadam Palace, Thiruvananathapuram.