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National Culture Fund (NCF)

National Culture Fund (NCF)- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 1: Indian History- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

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National Culture Fund (NCF) in News

  • Recently, Minister of Culture and Tourism informed that the National Culture Fund (NCF) has completed 52 projects with various donors since its inception.

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National Culture Fund (NCF)

  • About: Government of India has set up National Culture Fund (NCF) as a Trust on 28th November, 1996 under the Charitable Endowment Act, 1890.
  • Mandate: National Culture Fund (NCF) aims to-
    • Establish and nurture partnerships in the field of Culture and Heritage with private and public sectors, government, non-government agencies, private institutions and foundations and
    • Mobilize resources for the restoration, conservation, protection and development of India’s rich, natural, tangible and intangible heritage.
  • Administrative Structure: NCF is managed by a (Governing) Council and an Executive Committee.
    • Governing Council: It is chaired by the Union Minister of Culture and has a strength of 21 including 15 non-official members representing various fields including corporate sector, private foundations and not-for-profit voluntary organizations.
    • Executive Committee: It is chaired by Secretary (Culture) and has a strength of 9 including 4 non-official members from the Council.
  • Project Selection: A donor/sponsor while making contributions to the NCF may indicate a project along with any specific location/aspect and also an agency for execution of the project.
    • Besides, the interests accrued from the Primary and Secondary Corpus is also utilized for activities associated with the field of culture.

National Culture Fund (NCF) Functions

The major objectives of NCF is to administer and apply the Fund for-

  • Conservation, maintenance, promotion, protection, preservation and up gradation of monuments protected or otherwise;
  • Training and development of a cadre of specialists and cultural administrators,
  • Innovations and experiments in arts and
  • Documentation of cultural expressions and forms that have lost their relevance in contemporary scenario and are either fading out or facing extinction.


Amrit Samagam | Conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of India


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