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Union Minister Kishan Reddy laid the foundation stone for the first National Epigraphy Museum in the country

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The first National Epigraphy Museum in the country, Union Minister for Culture G. Kishan Reddy laid the foundation stone in Hyderabad today. Salarjung Museum is being set up by the Hyderabad Division of Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI) .

On this occasion , the Union Minister said that there is a need to preserve the inscriptions which are historical treasures. The minister said that the epitaphs are a symbol of our history , existence and our ancient traditions, and the things that tell about the business art , economy and governance systems of that time are reflected in the inscriptions. Kishan Reddy stated that inscriptions are the source of Indian living standards as evidence for the reconstruction of history.

He appealed to the public to bring inscriptions , copperplates , stone inscriptions or any ancient historical material anywhere, to bring it to the attention of the Archeology Department or the Government immediately.

Kishan Reddy thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the decision to set up a museum of inscriptions in Hyderabad and said that the process of digitization of inscriptions is going on fast and the museum is being equipped with all facilities to become a center of world epigraphy.

Famous epigraphist T.S. Ravi Shankar said that the epigraphy museum is a unique facility for the preservation and study of inscriptions . He mentioned that the inscriptions available in Telangana are being kept in this museum , the inscriptions are also being made available in the form of interactive and digital book , these inscriptions are also being made available in Hindi and English Brahmi languages.

Epigraphist N.S. Speaking on the occasion , Ramachandramurthy said that the statutes of different periods in the Telugu states reflect the vital role played by the respective regions in different periods in the country. He said that many aspects related to social, economic , political and linguistic aspects will be told.

ASI Additional Director General Gurmeet Singh Chawla said that many advanced technologies have been used to understand these statutes.

Salar Jung Museum Curator Dr Ghanshyam Kusam , ASI Director Epigraphy Muniratnam and senior officials of the Department of Archeology participated in this program.

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