Saif Siddiqui who is a resident of Bhopal and student of Masters of Heritage Management led a walk in Bhopal on 30th December 2018. The walk started from Moti Masjid- the pearl mosque built by Sikander Jehan Begum. The walk explored the first palace of the first Begum of Bhopal, the Gauhar Mahal. The walk leader also mentioned about Allama Iqbal and his connection with Bhopal at the Iqbal Maidan which is named in honour of the poet. He also talked about urban natural heritage through 300-year-old Khirni Tree as a living cultural and natural heritage. The first walk led by him behalf of Sahapedia concluded with a discussion over tea and poha-jalebi on the heritage discourse shaping up in Bhopal at Raju Tea Stall.

Saif Siddiqui
The heritage club ‘Sharitage’ along with the food club organised a heritage walk on 9th December 2018 in the old city followed by a traditional Gujarati breakfast at Chadravillas. The walk started at Sidi Sayyed masjid followed by the Bhadra Fort, Jama Masjid, Badshah no hajiro and Rani no hajiro. The event was attended by faculties from different universities who have/ had come to conduct ISP courses at Ahmedabad University.

Walk on 2nd December 2018: Through this walk, Jyoti Shukla, Student, Master of Heritage Management explored completely forgotten structures and stories and discussed the heritage of this city that has gone unnoticed. The walk started at Panchkuva Darwaza, covering monuments like Amritvarshini Vav, Rani Masjid and tomb, French Haveli, and Rani Sipri Masjid, and traverse through the narrow lanes of the walled city

Jyoti Shukla


‘Sharitage’ is a heritage club started by students of Masters in Heritage Management at the Ahmedabad University who come from diverse cultural backgrounds of the country. ‘Sharitage’ aims to create a platform for sharing heritage, ideas and bringing diversity into the discussions as well as everyday lives. It is also the first club at Post-Graduate level that looks forward to an effective and constructive engagement of the postgraduate as well as undergraduate students in heritage-related activities. The club is established on 24th September 2018 and initiated its activities with their first event –‘Shaan e Ahmedi’, a walk celebrating the lost glory of the Ahmad Shah I, the first ruler of the walled city of Ahmedabad, on 29th September 2018.

Shalvi Suman, a first-year student of masters programme attended the second edition of the Great Rivers Forum (GRF) at Wuhan, China, Oct. 29-30, 2018. She showcased a short film on the impact of the Sabarmati riverfront project which was a part of a research internship with Living Waters Museum from January-June 2018.

Shalvi Suman
Sukrit Sen

Sukrit Sen

Sukrit Sen, a first-year student of Masters in Heritage Management is selected to present his paper on ‘Sustainable Conservation of the Temples of Bali Dewangunj, Arambagh, West Bengal’ at the 2nd International Conference on Sindh Studies: Indus Valley Cultural Heritage – New perspectives and Challenges’ to be held on 19-21 November 2018 at the University of Sindh, Pakistan.

Sukrit Sen, student, Master of Heritage Management, took two sessions with the architecture students of Om Dayal School of Architecture and Amity University on 1st December and 6th December 2018 respectively. The topic was the role of intangible heritage in the architectural documentation of historic sites.

He also led a small meeting with the youngest members of few of the oldest living communities of Kolkata to discuss how the families could come together and play a role to save our city’s heritage both tangible and intangible.

He led two walks on behalf of Khoj Museum, one on the food and monumental heritage of Ahmedabad on the 25th and 29th of December respectively.

He took a session with the ISP students of Ahmedabad University on water and music on the 13th of December 2018.


Nikhil Parashar, a second-year student of Masters in Heritage Management is selected for ‘Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India (FPRWI) 2018’ that will take place from 15-22 November 2018 at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata. FPRWI 2018 is an initiative of Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) and the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

Nikhil Parashar’s paper on Comparative study of “formal management system of ‘Desert National Park, India’ & traditional management system of ‘Bishnoi’ community” is selected for the presentation at International Biodiversity Congress organised by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on 4 – 6th October 2018. The focal theme of the Congress is “Biodiversity for Ecological Civilization”. His paper explores the ‘Nature – Culture’ relationships and the possibility of incorporating informal community practices in the framing of formal framework for management of protected areas.

Nikhil Parashar
Shaoni Pramanick

Shaoni Pramanick, second year student, Centre for Heritage Management, will present her paper on ‘Jewish Food Museum’, selected for the Conference ‘Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence’. The conference is organised by Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at Krakow, Poland on 3-7 September 2018.


Aanchal Mehta, Student, MMS-Heritage Management is selected by the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP) Committee to participate in the 2018 programme at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA as part of her practicum. She will be at NCPTT for the period of 3 months in summer 2018.
IEP is a prestigious and competitive programme, in which average of 5 candidates per year are selected from applicants across the world.



The International Conference on Heritage Management and Educational Practices witnessed along with the presentations of the external participants, the presentations of the thesis work of the first graduating batch of the Masters in Management Studies. The presentations were classified under the different themes of the conference and the students had already excelled with additional corrections post their final presentations. Students’ thesis presentations also received special mention in the concluding plenary sessions. The conference gave them a platform to showcase their work in front of a larger international audience which could open further prospects to them in future.


The Masters programme on Heritage Management requires each of its students to pursue a 10-12 weeks long compulsory practicum during the summer break between their first year and second year .This is an important part of the two years learning process. Masters 2016-18 cohort group pursued their practicum at organisations working in diverse areas related to heritage.
  • Aayushi Maheshwari, pursued her Practicum with UNESCO, New Delhi and was stationed at Darjeeling Himalayan Railways site office. She contributed to the preparation of Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan and also reflected the existing gap between different stakeholders through consultations and mapping.
  • Bansari Ladia, assisted Centre for Environment Education for the designing Heritage Walk for of one of the areas in Old City of Ahmedabad. Her reflections came in the form of bridging a gap between cultural and natural elements through reinterpreting the narratives.
  • Gourav Mandloi, with his interest to work with the Craft sector did his practicum with in Kolkata. He contributed to the organisation by collecting narratives about different crafts from the rural areas of Bengal. He aims to take ahead his learning from this experience into his thesis on understanding the value chain associated with the crafts sector in India.
  • Kavin Shah, critically examined the area of Marketing in Heritage. He was associated with The House of MG, Ahmedabad and understood the organisation structure through his practicum.
  • Renu Mittal, whose interests lies in Nature and indigenous knowledge systems did her practicum with Satvik, Kutch. She spent most of her time on field with the farmers who are following the traditional ways of farming in Kutch district. She is also helping the organisation in conceptualizing a Seed and Soil Museum.
  • Richa Pandey, worked with National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT), Natchitoches, USA which is part of National Parks Service, United States. She helped the organisation in formulating a Restore Purpose website which aims to document the restoration, infill and regeneration projects from around the world.
  • Shaoni Pramanick, interested in Natural Heritage worked with Wildlife Institute of India. Throughout her internship she aimed to understand the Nature-Culture relationship and contributed to the organisation through preparation of various preliminary reports for the Cultural Landscape sites in India.


As part of the first semester, the students studied heritage proportions of Mirzapur and Shahpur in the Old city of Ahmedabad. They selected a few buildings to apply what they have learned in various classes over the last semester. Along with individual projects, they have documented a) tangible aspects of selected buildings in terms of their structure, material, construction techniques, condition and various significances and b) intangible aspects of their surrounding areas in terms of the lives of the people, their traditions, occupations and practices. Through these project students put into practice what they have learned so that it aids them in the task of managing heritage.


Each semester in the first year has a workshop course that requires students to delve into a real life scenario to understand, identify, document heritage resources in a community, and analyse management challenges. The one in the second semester requires them to come up with strategies for Heritage Management that they are required to share with the community. The 2016 batch were given Mithakali village in Ahmedabad in the first semester workshop, and the Halisa village near Gandhinagar in their second semester as the cases to work on. The students made a presentation about their findings and recommendations at a community meeting in Halisa.


As part of a course on Entrepreneurship through Practice, the final year students along with MBA students studied the modus operandi of the traditional markets and community-based businesses that flourished in the walled-city of Ahmedabad. The skills and knowledge gained herewith, in the group of two, they had to come up with a unique business idea and sell the manufactured product in two markets, Bhadra Fort and C.G. road, respectively. They came up with ‘Tohfa’ and ‘Chamki’- two brands and made their products within a given budget of Rs. 5,000 for each. They managed to sell their products in markets for one whole day and earning more than 100 percent profit. Over this course of experience, the lessons and knowledge shared in the class and site visits helped students in executing ‘Tohfa’ and ‘Chamki’.

Social Responsibility

As part of social responsibility component of the master degree programme, the second batch students spend time with a group of children of the construction workers at the University. In particular, on the occasion of children’s day (14th November), students distributed writing slates, chalks and they engage with them about an hour on each day. Apart from teaching basic numerical and alphabetic skills, students have decided to utilize this time to explore more about the heritage of these children. In this process of mutual learning, students are expected to collectively bring out ideas to manage their heritage thereby elevate their self-respect and self-confidence in their life pursuits.

Students’ Installation: Exhibit on Sabarmati

Renu Mittal, student of Masters of Heritage Management programme worked on the Sabarmati Memory Project as part of the Cultural and Natural Landscapes module during 3rd semester. This project was to explore the constantly evolving relationship of people with the river through the medium of photographs; art work and oral narratives of local people about their memories and associations with the river.

The hand block printed textile art and old and new photographs of the river are representative of the Sabarmati River’s 11.5 kilometers stretch within Ahmedabad city. The artwork displays the biodiversity of river; its rapidly changing eastern and western banks and the nine bridges with various block printed motifs and cotton block prints applique work.

Through this project, Renu tried to understand the connection between the natural and cultural history and landscape of the Sabarmati river and its city.

Blockprint Artisan: Mushtaq bhai



  • PRARTHI SHAH was honoured with Salaam Vadodada award on 13th May 2017 in Vadodara. The award was organised by Gandevikar jewellers, Vadodara, and was given to three recipients for their contributions in the city. Prarthi was selected for the award for her contribution towards environmental awareness and youth engagement particularly through her Heritage Selfie Campaign.
  • AANSHIKA JAIN presented her paper titled “Heritage in India: The means for inclusive economic development?” at the 19th International Conference on Cultural Economics International (ACEI) at Valladolid, Spain in June 2016. During her visit, she also visited the University of Valladolid and interacted with their faculty.
  • RICHA PANDEY was been selected to participate in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Programme (IEP) in summer 2017. This accounts for her practicum in the Master’s Programme, and will primarily take place at the US National Park Service’s National Centre for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA.
    1. Richa’s paper titled “Historic Regeneration: Old buildings, new life” and changing urban landscape in Shahjahanabad and the walled city of Ahmedabad, India “was accepted for Architectural Heritage’17 organised by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Centre) at Istanbul, Turkey
    2. Richa attended a workshop on “Understanding “Outstanding Universal Value” of World Heritage Sites in India”, conducted by INTACH Heritage Academy
  • AAYUSHI MAHESHWARI, student of the Master degree programme, has taken forward the first semester Heritage Discourse research paper on ‘Commodification of cultural heritage’ which was been accepted for oral presentation as well as inclusion in the conference proceedings of the ICCHT 2018: 20th International conference on Cultural Heritage and Tourism to be held in Paris, France during January 25-26, 2018. The paper highlights the journey of real heritage to something which has become a marketable product in present scenario. Taking examples of 4 -four major industries, Tourism, Textile, Antiques and Culinary, the research validates that culture has become the most exotic product in the business world.


  • GOURAV MANDOLI, student of the Master of Heritage Management Programme, published an online article, The Story of carved faces from Bengal in GoUNESCO in the month of November 2017.