River Cauvery Gallery
In a detailed discussion with Honourable Minister for Higher Education and Tourism, Chairman, KJA mentioned about the Ganga Gallery and Brahmaputra Gallery established by the National Academy of Sciences, India, (NASI), in Allahabad and in Assam respectively. Honourable Minister expressed his interest to set up a similar gallery for river Cauvery in Karnataka. On the behest of the Minister, Chairman, KJA requested Dr. Manju Sharma, Former Secretary, DBT and Former President of NASI, who was instrumental in setting up of Ganga and Brahmaputra galleries, to send a concept note. The concept note sent by NASI was discussed and approved during the 2nd KJA meeting, held on September 22, 2014. A detailed project proposal was then sought from NASI for further action. The project proposal submitted by NASI and National Council of Science Museums (NSCM) was reviewed by Honourable Minister in a meeting held on November 29, 2014. Honourable Minister approved the project and requested KJA to facilitate in obtaining a detailed project report. After receiving the detailed project report, jointly by NASI and NCSM, KJA formally recommended setting up of Cauvery Gallery to Government.
The proposed Cauvery Gallery will have exhibits on river Cauvery's journey, myths and legends, physiography, tributaries, geo-scientific importance, biodiversity of the basin, socio-economic importance, tourism, culture, fairs and festivals, threats to the river, conservation and restoration efforts and research. These would be projected through interactive multimedia with diorama, animations, backlit graphic display, RFID based interactive exhibit with graphics, interactive map browser, panel display supported by video and interactive virtual tour. As per the Work Plan of the NASI the Gallery would take approximately about 9 months.
- KJA formally submitted setting up of a public Gallery for River Cauvery as a Recommendation, along with Project Report to Honourable Minister for Higher Education and Tourism Sri. R.V. Deshpande on March 2, 2015.
- Government of Karnataka accepted the Recommendation and announced its implementation in the FY 2015-2016 State Budget.
- Honourable Minister Sri. R.V. Deshpande held a Review meeting on 'Plan-ahead for Cauvery Gallery Establishment on April 10, 2015 with Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Dr. Manju Sharma and other Department officials
- KJA, Department of Higher Education and Department of Tourism visited Mysuru on April 16, 2015 to identify a location for setting up of the Gallery.
- KJA, NASI and NCSM visited Mysuru on April 27, 2015 and identified space within the State Department of Archaeology for Cauvery Gallery.
Honourable Chief Minister has allocated funds in the FY 2015-16 for implementation of Cauvery Gallery.