By Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University


  • Heritage and Place-making
  • Heritage and Development
  • Climate Change and Architectural Heritage

Centre for Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University regularly organises training programmes, MDPs, symposia, workshops, seminars and conferences on varied aspects of heritage management with different organisations as well as independently. In past, Many such programmes were organised in collaboration with reputed organisations like the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training of Government of India; Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited; Project funded by the European Union etc. focusing on a variety of stakeholders like government officials, tour guides and volunteers, entrepreneurs and students.

In the last decade of this century, heritage is understood and emerged as a cross-cutting discourse in the world that touches upon every aspect of human life. Different facets of heritage are recognised amongst the key players in the sustainable development. In the tangible and intangible ways, it interacts with our geography, behaviour, economics, environment and even our relationships with technology and applied sciences. The idea of heritage is being deliberated across the world through debates, research and field explorations; and Understanding of heritage is expanded beyond architectural heritage. Ideas of heritage are not only shaping our products, media, and literature but also cities and regions. It is now not only studied as a societal identity but also means of development. Through this competition we expect your views on the significance of heritage in relation to identity, development and climate change. You are expected to submit an essay of 2500-3000 words on any of the afore-mentioned themes.

Award Money for competition winners:

  • Best Essay of All Themes: INR 10000
  • Three Awards for Each Theme: INR 5000
  • Two Honorary mentions

The essays could address:

  • Heritage and Place-making

    Creating a place contributes to the people’s development through contributing in their health, wellbeing and identity. Vernacular spatial arrangements around us have been deeply rooted in the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage. Thus, under this theme, connections of development or design of a community place to heritage should be inquired.

  • Heritage and Development

    It is noteworthy to discuss the role of heritage to attain social, economic and environmental developmental goals and, how heritage brings forth the questions of livelihood and economic sustainability.

  • Climate Change and Architectural Heritage

    Climate change has emerged as one of the greatest threat to humanity. While climate change affects all aspects of heritage, under this theme, highlights are expected on how climate change affects the longevity of a monument or a heritage site.

Eligibility and Guidelines:

  • Graduating or final year students of any allied fields. Student id will be required to register.
  • Individual Submissions restricted to only one entry.
  • Word limit: 2500-3000 words.
  • Entries are accepted in only English language only.
  • Please submit a softcopy of the essay in Microsoft Word Document at The subject line should be like – *name*_ Essay Completion on Heritage Discourse – 2019.
    (Example- PiyushPandya_ Essay Completion on Heritage Discourse – 2019)
  • Please be consistent in using a style of writing while mentioning dates, non-English words, usage of American/British English and citation.
  • The submission should be typed single-spaced in 12-point type Times New Roman in Microsoft Word file (*.doc/*docx).
  • The writing should be accessible to a wider readership beyond a particular category of audiences; it should also be able to connect with readers.
  • Clarity of thought and simplicity of language are encouraged.
  • Structured communication or argument that leads straight to the point is preferred.
  • Authors can choose any topic or case under the aforementioned three themes.


  • Announcement of the Essay Prize: 15 November 2019
  • Last date of submission: 30 November 2019
  • Announcement of selected 25 entries: 3 December 2019
  • Announcement of winners of the Essay Prize: 8 December 2019 (at the Conference)
  • All submissions:

Link for the registration and submission of the entry