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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today stressed on the need for preservation of artifactes and monuments under a comprehensive programme, saying they should be digitised for the future generation. She also said that land for setting up of a school should be identified to keep attract, inculcate and keep alive the tradition performing arts, genre of 'Sufiyana' and folk music among youths. Chairing a review meeting of the Department of Culture here, she also directed devising formats to inculcate love about performing arts among teenagers and a year-long calendar of activities by organising competitions and performances with regular periodicity. "Preservation of artifacts and monuments and their digitisation under a comprehensive programme is needed to save these for posterity," the chief minister said. She directed introduction of various art forms like painting, music, pottery and dance among the kids at young age so that the artists of future are properly groomed. Mehbooba also directed early identification of land for setting up state-of-the-art school of 'Sufiyana' music in Kashmir in order to keep alive the tradition and genre of sufiyana and folk music for times. During the meeting, the department officials informed the CM that it has declared the Mughal Gardens in Kashmir as State protected monuments and process would be initiated to get these enlisted in list of monuments by the UNESCO, an official spokesman said. He said the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, which conducted around 500 literary and cultural events last year, was planning to set up Kashmir Cultural Centre and Jammu Writers Club as new initiatives. On the performance of libraries department, the chief minister was informed that e-learning programmes for aspirants of JEE, NEET and other such competitive examinations were launched by the department in which around 700 animated lectures and 125 chapters were given to students by renowned academicians through online mode. "The Department is planning to hold online career counselling for students-first time in the country," the spokesman said.
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