Realising that, as a National Institution, the National Museum
of Natural History has an obligation to the entire country in respect of
creating environment awareness and promoting conservation education, it
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was decided during the VII Plan to have regional offices in the form of
Regional Museum of Natural His-
tory (RMNH) in different parts of the
country in a phased manner so as to extend the activities of NMNH
regional and state levels.
Accordingly, the first such Regional office was initiated in the 'Southern Region'
in 1995 at Mysore (Kar-
nataka State). The second one was developed for the '
Central Region' in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in 1997.The third Regional Museum
in the 'Eastern Region' of the country was established in Bhubaneswar
(Orissa) and operationalised in 2004. The fourth Regional office was established in “Western
Region” in Sawai Madhopur in 2008 and it is expected to be operational
shortly. A fifth Regional office in “North-Eastern Region” is expected to
be established soon in Gangtok (Sikkim).
The Museum deals with general aspects of natural history, depicts the flora, fauna
and ecosystems of Region and promotes conservation and environmental awareness
through its exhibit galleries and educational activities.
The value of a Regional Museum of
Natural History in the Central Region of the country to highlight
the flora and fauna and natural resources of the area, protection
of ecosystems and the environmental awareness needs hardly any justification.
It is encouraging that the State Government was keen to have such
a facility developed at Bhopal for which the state offered the necessary
The RMNH at Bhopal would fulfill
the following objects:
- Develop exhibits depicting the flora fauna
and geology of the region.
- Depict ecological relationships among plants
and animals including man, and emphasise the importance of conservation
exhibits and educational activities.
- Provide special exhibits and activities
to enrich the school curriculum in Biology, particularly on environment
- Develop appropriate educational programmes
for children, adults and family groups to create environments
- Publish popular educational material useful
for environmental education.
- Develop appropriate institutional material
within the Region to promote environment education.