On Wednesday, August 31, 2016; Ahmedabad University (AU) – Centre for Heritage Management (CHM) launched its peer-reviewed international Journal of Heritage Management .The journal was released by the Guest of Honor – an imminent artist, Padmabhushan Shri Gulammohammed Sheikh – , along with other dignitaries– Professor Pankaj Chandra, Provost and Chairman (Board of Management), Ahmedabad University; Professor Devanath Tirupati, Dean, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University; Shri. Debashish Nayak, Director, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University; Professor Rima Hooja, Editor of the journal & Adjunct faculty, Centre for Heritage Management and Professor Shahul Ameen, Assistant Editor of the Journal and Faculty at Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University.

In his keynote address, Shri Gulammohammed Sheikh shared about the current state of art & heritage in India and issues with the institutions responsible for its documentation, conservation and management. Citing some examples from India and abroad, he emphasized the need of rejuvenating these institutions and coming up with innovative ways of managing the rich heritage. He also advocated for setting up new institutions both at local & national level that would nurture the cultural heritage. He appreciated the positioning of the Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University in the context of the city Ahmedabad with its rich and vibrant cultural and educational legacy. In such contexts, he recognized the initiatives of the Ahmedabad University and the role of the journal of heritage management as important milestones.

Professor Pankaj Chandra, Chairman & Provost, AU shared the aspirations of the Ahmedabad University to be a liberal education-driven research university and that the journal truly reflected the movement towards that research centricity. He further added that while the world of heritage inquiry in India was largely been practice and documentation driven, its growth in an academic environment would have to be driven by an amalgam of theory, policy and managerial thinking. A peer-review journal would thus be an appropriate mechanism for creating a dialogue around conceptual issues, building theories and showing ways of executing ideas and practices, Professor Chandra remarked.

Professor Rima Hooja introduced the journal, and highlighted its aim to be a forum for sharing theoretical discourses, analyzing policies and practices, and promoting discussions on key issues on heritage management. Shri Debashish Nayak, director of the Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University earlier gave his welcome remarks, in which he highlighted the journal launch as an integral part of the academic programme (Master’s Degree) in Heritage Management offered at the Centre for Heritage Management. Professor Shahul Ameen, Assistant Editor of the journal, offered vote of thanks. The programme was well attended by professionals, heritage enthusiasts, faculty and students.

Link – SAGE Journal:  http://hmj.sagepub.com