LAHORE - The Punjab government is planning to set up museums in each district with the aim to provide knowledge houses to disseminate awareness to people of all ages about the heritage and civilisation of the province.

Hopefully funds will be allocated in the budget for fiscal year 2016-17, said speakers at the second two-day national conference arranged by Museums Association of Pakistan (MAP) at the sidelines of Pak-China Business Forum at the Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday.

The project has already been successfully implemented in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK).

Curators and directors of different museums from across Pakistan participated in the conference which was in line with the agenda of the Association to work for defining the future role of museums, developing a possible roadmap for promoting and strengthening museology and museography in the country.

The conference discussed development of museums and museology after devolution under 18th amendment in KPK, state of museums in Sindh and Punjab and social status of museums, their role and importance in the society, said a spokesman of the association Mohsin Abbas.

Speakers stressed the need for promoting the culture and the history of the region.

Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) Director General Kamran Lashari who was the chief guest at the opening ceremony remarked that the poor condition of most museums was due to a lack of commitment at the social and political level. He urged the museum administrations to promote the lives and works of artists among other local celebrities.

President MAP Abdul Waheed said it was unfortunate that most people’s knowledge of the country’s history went either as far back as arrival of Muhammad bin Qasim in the region or the partition of India in 1947. He urged the people to study the region’s history and to be proud of its roots in the Indus Valley Civilisation.

Secretary General MAP Mian Attique Ahmad threw light on the efforts of revamping museums across the country. He said that it had chalked out a five year plan to promote museums and museology in the country.

Dr Sumaira Samad talked about history of Lahore Museum and recent developments, Mohammad Afzal Khan threw light on museums under the archeology department, Masih Ulah Bucha on development of museums in KPK under 18th amendment, Naheed about present states of museums in Sindh and Dr Asma presented a case study on developing specialized museums in Pakistan.