INTACH attempt to record regions history

After researching the region, INTACH has come up with a comprehensive list of 23 sites in and around the city that has been earmarked as historically important.
These sites are being compiled into a comprehensive book complete with pictures, information and stories.
'I wonder how many people are aware that the ground under us is part of the Indus Valley Civilization'' ruminates Brigadier S.S. Ahluwalia, one of the oldest members of INTACH and the person in-charge of putting this project together.
Covering 40 to 50 km around Chandigarh, the team discovered that the residents are sitting on 5,000 years of history.
A member of INTACH since 1989, Brigadier Ahluwalia is determined to make the t of this opportunity. 't of the research work is complete but the book will not be a historical document or a travelogue, it will be a narrative, full of live, personal experiences in a style that can be read by children as well as by adults. After all why can our books not be like Harry Potter''
The project being assessed by Neena Singh, Regional Head for HDFC Bank, for sponsorship, is her way of contributing to the society as a responsible member.
Another project that is being worked on a priority basis by Mr Kapoor is the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) set up in 1997 to help young people understand India's heritage that includes historical building, arts and crafts, living traditions, lifestyles, flora, fauna and landscapes.

The project, which has been initiated successfully in various cities across 14 states, is being extended to 10 more cities, including Chandigarh this year.

The Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Ministry of Culture are funding the project.

The objectives, according to Mr Kapoor, are: 'To inculcate in the younger generation a sense of pride for our heritage and to bring heritage education in the forefront thus ensuring a long-term concern to preserve it.'
Towards this, Teacher Training Workshops on heritage awareness and details for the setting up of heritage clubs in schools was started as the first step to involve children.

According to Mr Kapoor, 'Chandigarh's teaching community will undergo this workshop sometime in October this year. We are working on the project and the invitations will soon be issued to 35-40 schools with each being asked to send two teachers. The HECS teams will conduct the workshop and will provide the resource material to each school to carry on year-long heritage club activities in schools.'

Mr Kapoor believes heritage education is aimed at developing an understanding of our history, culture, traditions, lifestyles, environment and communities. 'By doing this we learn to care for our past. Only by valuing our past can we appreciate the present.'

The crux of the project is to generate awareness to sustain heritage, conscious attitudes and the willingness for action. The workshops do not plan conservation projects per se, but creating the willingness to initiate and sustain them at the student and community level.

The 23 historical sites
* Jayanti Majri Devi Temple
* Bhairon Temple at Sisvan
* Dargah at Manakpur Sharief village
* Quila at Burail village
* Quila at Mani Majra
* Basanti Devi Temple, Sector 24, Chandigarh
* Haveli at Paki Rurkee, Ropar
* Ancient Temple of Jateshwar Mahadev at Jatwar
* Fort at Bharat Garh
* Haveli of Bari Sarkar at Anandpur Sahib
* Shiv Temple at Burail village
* Makbara at Haveli, Ropar
* Quila at Bhatha Sahib
* Bowli at Pinjore
* Bhima Devi Temple at Pinjore
* Chandi Mandir Temple
* Tunnel from Mansa Devi to Mani Majra
* Hathnore Mound
* Nahan Kothi, Sector 12 A, Chandigarh
* Harappan Mound, Sector 17, 21, 24, Chandigarh
* Napa Mound in Nada Village behind Navangaon, Ropar district
* Head Works at Sirhind Canal

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