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Adviser meets Heritage Committee  regarding Heritage awareness in schools and colleges of Chandigarh

Adviser meets Heritage Committee  regarding Heritage awareness in schools and colleges of Chandigarh

 

Chandigarh, 7th November 2019: A meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Sh. Manoj Parida, Adviser to the Administrator regarding Heritage awareness and sensitization in schools and colleges of Chandigarh.

A presentation was made by Deepika Gandhi, Director Le Corbusier Centre regarding the need to connect the students of schools and colleges with the heritage of the city and the past and present efforts made by the Architecture Museums in this direction. She informed that as a result of sustained efforts of the outreach and education program of the architecture museums many private schools had started engaging with the museums and Capitol Complex regularly but the same opportunity needs to be given to students of Government schools and colleges.

The Adviser directed the Secretary Education to resume educational tours of students to Chandigarh Architecture Museum and Capitol Complex and prepare a calendar of visits and schedule for heritage walks. He also informed that the this would be a welcome step as the education department was already working towards planning excursions for students.

It was also decided that the books authored by Deepika Gandhi on Chandigarh and Rock Garden which had been introduced in Government schools as a part of co curricular activities but discontinued some time back shall be reprinted and distributed for school libraries and as prizes to students.

Dr B N Goswamy suggested that a panel of high caliber writers be created to write about various aspects of the city in an engaging and informative manner for students and citizens.He also recommended the creation of an anthem for Chandigarh on the lines of all great cities all over the world.

 

Prof Rajnish Wattas suggested the creation of markers and information plaques along the major routes and landmarks of the city to educate citizens and tourists. He also stressed the importance of creating short movies on various aspects of the city that could be a visual library for students and citizens.  V K Kapoor, Convenor, INTACH, Chandigarh said that INTACH was committed to spreading heritage among students and was already holding workshops on making short movies and conducting heritage walks and heritage quizzes. Gandhi who is also co convenor INTACH Chandigarh requested the Administration to help INTACH engage with Government schools also by providing support for transport and participation.

While agreeing to the suggestions of the experts and directing various Departments to start work on the decisions taken the Adviser expressed hope that these tangible steps would lead to greater awareness in students and a positive engagement with city.

The meeting was attended by Dr B N Goswamy, Prof Rajnish Wattas, Secretary Education, Sh. B L Sharma, Secretary Culture ,Sh. Vinod Kavle, besides other senior officers of the Administration.