The Centre for Heritage Management (CHM) is a centre established by the Ahmedabad University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Gujarat, situated on the North West coast of India, is one of its most industrialized states in India. The economical and entrepreneurial culture of Gujarati citizens has led this State to be considered as one of most dynamic states in India.
Ahmedabad is the most important city of Gujarat with an urban population of 6,352,254 people according to the 2011 census. Besides economic prosperity, Ahmedabad city remains indeed one of the most important cultural cities in India. It boasts enormous heritage resources: 57 protected monuments in the walled city as per the central as well as state government list and a large number of traditional wooden pol houses, of which about 10,000 survive now. Ahmedabad is the first Indian city to be nominated in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Though not yet designated as a world heritage city, the historic and cultural significance of the heritage in Ahmedabad as well as that of the state of Gujarat may be traced back to five thousand years when the Indus valley civilization flourished in this region.
The establishment of CHM in Ahmedabad, a city with enormous heritage potential, justifies the mandate it has taken for itself. It is established to promote conservation and management of heritage assets, particularly through its educational programs aiming at capacity building of professionals, entrepreneurs, public institutions, and community groups.
CHM currently organizes various public awareness programs at different occasions throughout the year, such as the World Heritage Day, “the museums day”, as well as several local and regional cultural festivals. It has been functioning as a resource centre for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation as well as to other state and municipal organizations. It draws upon its wide network of professionals and institutions across the national and international level. Its management development programs have been very successful and involved entrepreneurs and organizations have openly appreciated the contribution of such programs in enriching their human resources. At present, it is mainly working in three fronts:
i) Developing a Masters program on Heritage Management
ii) Offering short term ‘management development programs’ that helps to train professionals and representatives of heritage organizations, craftsmen and volunteers to gain hands-on knowledge and skills on managing different aspects of heritage
iii) Providing consulting/advising services to government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations to help them chart heritage management plan as well as to connect them with relevant resources and expertise to carry out the technical works.