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Meet on heritage management begins in Gujarat

Apr 19, 2012, 16:22 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

The Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University (AU), in association with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), has organised a three-day international symposium on heritage management, 'Asmit Samvad - A Dialogue on Heritage and Identity'. It began on World Heritage Day on Wednesday.

On the first day, speakers visited Sarkhej Roza to get a first-hand experience of the heritage structure. Interacting with a few of the speakers who visited the Roza, one got anidea that the time has come to strongly revive heritage management and ensure that there are better training centres and courses for the same.

According to Dr Shobita Punja, CEO of National Culture Fund, there are many people, mainly youngsters, who are demanding such a heritage management centre. "There is a lot of demand for the same which is why the speakers have gathered at AU today."
Similar views were shared by Hanna Baumann, program officer for culture, UNESCO. She said, "Our plan is to train heritage professionals, both young and old. There is a dire need for professionals in this field in India. UNESCO supports all those movements that are working towards bringing these professionals to fore. We really need them."

"Ahmedabad has been a replicable case study for many states and cities across India owing to the manner in which its architecture and social heritage has been preserved by involving the municipal corporation," said heritage advisor to AMC, Debashish Nayak.

According to Nayak, a professional heritage management does not exist any more and hence this symposium ispart of a year-long work, which will include the formulation of a course. "It is a continuous movement."

Following this symposium, they intend to have two more in the year's time which will cover 'law and heritage management' and 'communications and heritage management'.

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