National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology New Delhi


The urgent need to initiate advanced studies in the areas of History of Art, Conservation, and Museology has been discussed for years and the first step was taken in 1983, when diploma and post graduate diploma courses in History of International and Modern Art and their Sources and Restoration of Oil paintings were initiated in National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. In the year 1985, the programme was shifted to National Museum and its scope was expanded to include teaching of History of Art, covering both Ancient and Modern, Eastern and Western. The programme of Restoration of Oil paintings was also widened to include the restoration of other works of art of organic and inorganic material.

The Society of the National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology, Delhi was formed and registered on January 27, 1989 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Based on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India accorded the status of ‘Deemed to be University’ on April 29, 1989 to the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, to be administered by the above Society.

Courses Offered 

  1. Ph.D.(History of Art)    2-5 years
  2. Ph.D. (Conservation)    2-5 years
  3. Ph.D. (Museology)       2-5 years
  4. M.A. (History of Art)   2-3 years
  5. M.A. (Conservation)    2-3 years
  6. M.A. (Museology)        2-3 years
  7. India: Art and Culture   5-months
  8. Art Appreciation           5-months
  9. Bhartiya Kalanidhi        5-months

Admission Process

The candidate should possess such qualifications as may be prescribed by the Academic Council from time to time. Presently the following qualifications are prescribed for various courses:


M.A. (History of Art)
A Graduate Degree from a recognized University. Good academic record with minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade at the graduate level.
Desirable : A background in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts or Fine Arts.

M.A. (Conservation)
Graduation or Post-graduation with any one of the following subjects -Chemistry/ Physics/ Geology/ Botany/ Zoology/ Computer Sci./ Fine Arts/ History / History of Art/ Architecture/ Archaeology/ Museology/ Designing
Or Diploma recognized as equivalent to graduation degree in above fields.

M.A. (Museology)
B.A./B.Sc..(Hons) or B.A./B.Sc../B.F.A. (3 years) in any discipline under Humanities and Social Sciences.
Desirable: A background/PG Diploma in subjects related to History of Art and Museum Studies.

Ph.D. (for all disciplines)
A masters degree from a recognized University / Institution of higher learning with high second class (55% marks) in the subject concerned or related subject. Relaxation in the marks for specified categories shall be as per Government of India / University Grants Commission’s orders / guidelines / notifications issued form time to time.

Candidate should be of at least 22 years of age before his/her admission.

Knowledge of two foreign languages (other than English) / Indian languages (other than mother tongue) is preferred. However, if the candidate does not possess proficiency in these languages, he/she may be permitted to develop proficiency during the course of his/her study. No degree shall be awarded unless a student has acquired proficiency in any two of the above mentioned languages and passed the examination prescribed/conducted by the Institute.

Short Term Certificate Courses
Presently, the Institute is offering three short-term courses of five months duration viz. “India: Art & Culture”, “Art Appreciation” and Bhartiya Kalanidhi (Hindi medium). Each of these courses consists of 20 lectures (each lecture of two hours duration). No minimum qualifications other than age (candidates should not be below 19 years of age) are prescribed for admission to these certificate courses.

Rules And Regulations
The rules and regulations governing the fee structure, selection criteria, academic requirements including examinations and Seminars, etc. shall be as prescribed by the Academic Council from time to time. The Institute reserves the right to change any or all of the rules and regulations, which shall be applicable to all students, irrespective of the fact that these rules and regulations may be different from the ones that were prevailing at the time of a candidate’s admission.


National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology
New Delhi 110 011
Tel : 011 -23018159, 23011901
Fax : 011-23019821
Website :
VC : Dr. A K V S Reddy
Reg: Shri M Subbarayan