India has an extraordinarily rich, vast and diverse cultural heritage in the form of rich cultural heritage. Their sheer magnitude in number alone is overwhelming and these are symbols of diverse cultural expressions and of historic continuity. One of the prime mandates of the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) is to ensure the research, conservation and maintenance throughout the country by using all resources available for the purpose. NRLC’s contribution to conservation and the safeguarding of cultural heritage is noteworthy not only within the country but outside as well.
The proposed Conservation Policy, therefore, aims to, not only draw lessons and inspirations from NRLC’s rich legacy for conservation and from various international guidelines available in this regard, but enumerates as well contemporary approaches to conservation, management and protection, and proposes various principles to be adopted for interventions within and around a cultural property. The Policy attempts to put a object in perspective (as a ubiquitous part of its setting) and underpins the role of local communities and traditional craftsmanship as an integral part of conservation process. The Policy, also for the first time, attempts to deal with very important and topical aspects like tourism, development (within and around a monument), as well as capacity building and building partnerships.