Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation informed that the Project ‘Mausam’ is the initiative of Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies. This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean – extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago. It also aims to promote research on themes related to the study of Maritime Routes through international scientific seminars and meetings and by adopting a multidisciplinary approach.
The project encourages the production of specialized works, as well as publications for the general public with an attempt at promoting a broader understanding of the concept of a common heritage and multiple identities. An objective of the project is to prepare a dossier for trans-national nomination as World Heritage. The time of commencement and completion of the Project Mausam as per SFC Memorandum is April 2015 and March 2017 respectively. Total cost of the project as per SFC approval is Rs. 150, 244, 502/-.
The Government has identified 39 countries (list given below) to bring on board for trans-national nomination for World Heritage but still has not entered into partnerships. There are no specific reasons for not entering into partnerships as such initiatives depend on various discussions and approvals from the country concerned once they are approached.
A joint Sail Voyage by Indian Navy Sail Training Ship Tarangini and Royal Navy of Oman Sail Training Ship Shabab Oman was conducted from 24 November to 03 December 2015 to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relationship between Oman and India and as an event under ‘Project Mausam’.
List of 39 Indian Ocean countries identified under Project Mausam:
|8||Réunion, French Department|
|11||Iran (Islamic Republic)|
|33||Syrian Arab Republic|
|34||United Republic of Tanzania|
|37||United Arab Emirates|