New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) Venu V., joint secretary in the culture ministry, has taken over as director general of National Museum here, the government said Saturday.
Venu will also function as vice-chancellor of the National Museum Institute, a deemed university offering rare courses in museology, conservation and art history, the ministry said.
The National Museum hosts 200,000 works of art.
A Kerala-cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Venu combined culture with technology to put Kerala on the global tourism map.
He was the chief architect of the Kerala Tourism's award-winning global campaign - 'Your Moment is Waiting' - launched at London's Chelsea Gallery in 2010.