Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University believes in a holistic understanding of heritage management in its spatial and cultural contexts. While certain regions have already evolved norms for restoration and management of their heritage, replicating such norms and practices for all contexts might undermine the unique needs of specific heritage assets.
With diverse and unique characteristics of Asian heritage, philosophies and perception, applying international standards of heritage restoration management raises several contentions. There is a need among Asian societies to share their own experiences and to act in complementary way to each other.
In this context, the 6th International Field School on Asian Heritage was co-organized by Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University along with Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; Mahasarakham University, Thailand andUniversiti Teknologi, Malaysia in December 2012.
The concept of the ‘field school’ has emerged to fulfill the need of giving an understanding and appreciation of heritage conservation principles to each participating individuals. The 6th IFSAH offered the cultural and religious context of India to large number of participants from Asian countries. The states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh, spanning the Gupta, Maurya, Pala and Sena rulers of India also have major influence in Southeast Asia. The entire concept was based on being present on-site, observing and listening to interpretations from experts/locals on the field and it brought deep insight to the whole issue of cultural heritage and conservation.
Apart from the 6th IFSAH, CHM also conceptualizes and offers international field school programmes for individuals/institutions/organizations from other regions including the European countries. One such upcoming programme is A Journey through Historic India: A field school on Heritage Management to be conducted from 9th – 16th Sep 2014 for a group of Spanish students. A glimpse of historic India in Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Agra and Delhi will give an inside view of India’s heritage to the visiting students.