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The collections, currently displayed in the museum, include numismatic items, manuscripts, miniature paintings, weapons and armoury, utensils, musical instruments, furniture and decorative items, textiles and carpets, items of leather, grass and willow work, sculptures and other excavated objects


The Kargil War memorial was built by the Indian army that commemorates the historic success of Operation Vijay also to commemorate numerous war martyrs who lost their lives during the war of Kargil with Pakistan in the year 1999. It is located at Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill about 5 kms from the city centre across the Tiger Hill. A poem "Pushp Kii Abhilasha (Wish of a Flower) by Makhanlal Chaturvedi, a renowned 20th century neo-romantic Hindi poet, is inscribed on the gateway of the memorial greets visitors. The names of the soldiers who lost their lives in the War are inscribed on the Memorial Wall and can be read by visitors. The memorial is made of pink sandstone and features an epitaph that is dedicated to the selfless sacrifice of Indian soldiers. Army emblems, war document archives, Pakistani war equipments and gear and miniatures of Himalayan mountain range are kept in the museum of this memorial. A special war gallery, named after Captain Manoj Pandey, features photographs and seized Pakistani weapons from the war. At the entrance, visitors would find an elegy written by Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Names of soldiers and officers who sacrificed their lives are mentioned on the walls of this war memorial. A giant national flag, weighing 15 kg was hoisted at the Kargil war memorial to commemorate the 13th anniversary of India's victory in the war.


ESTABLISHMENT OF CCAS (1979): In order to study the Central Asian region from diversified point of view, the Centre of Central Asian Studies was established in 1978 at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar. Immediately thereafter, the Centre embarked upon a series of un-interrupted and unflinching research exercises largely aimed at re-discovering the cultures and peoples of the region. Therefore, the most of the studies conducted through the Centre were historical and cultural in context, specifically focusing on affinities between Kashmir and Central Asia. For the reason that Kashmir is closely situated to Central Asia and served as bridge between India and Central Asia, its cultural mosaic reflected the syncretism and blend of various soio-cultural practices of a vast region.


The bilateral and multilateral relations between the two regions are sufficiently supported by thousands of artifacts showcased in the Central Asian Museum of the Centre.


Specialized studies pertaining to the region began to be pursued under its Area Studies Programme (ASP) after 1983 when the University Grants Commission provided the Centre with additional staff for an allied research wing – a special status that, inter-alia, served to link the Centre with rest of the Area Studies Centres of India. This enabled the Centre to set afresh its priorities with regard to contemporary problems relating to defence strategy, economic restructuring, resource management, religious revivalism, international relations, foreign investment, legal guarantees, etc. While negotiating new challenges, the Centre expeditiously carried forward its research agenda quite undaunted by the most hostile and un-favourable circumstances that existed in Kashmir.

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