1. The Project on establishment of a Cultural Heritage and Management Venture Lab has an important strategic activity being undertaken during 2015, As part of this activity, 6 to 9 Master class Training Programs in Innovation and Practices applied to Cultural and Heritage Management are to be conducted with a view to:
Promote technical support to potential entrepreneurs and local companies/institutions about the potential of Cultural Heritage Management as a tool for economic development.
Encourage access to regional, national and even international markets and to promote sustainable development and the economic value of cultural heritage.
Promote exchange and discussions about new business models related to cultural heritage with our Spanish partners.
2. Three Master Classes were conducted by experts drawn from Indian and Spanish Institutions,
on April 17th and 18th 2015. Two master class programs were on Built Heritage Management and the other one was on Cultural Heritage Related Events Management.
The Built Heritage Management Programs were titled ‘Architecture & Heritage Management: Urban Planning and Heritage Preservation & Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage Assets. These included a half day field session at the old city of Ahmedabad, visiting restored heritage buildings and a few heritage buildings under restoration. The concluding session featured partipants' brainstorming on what can be done further, which was held at Diwanji ni Haveli, a restored heritage haveli itself.
3. The faculty members for the programme included Mr. Debashish Nayak and Dr. Neel Chapagain from
CHM, Mr. P K Vasudevan Nair, from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, two architecture professors
from the University of Valladolid, Spain - Mr. Julio Grijalba and Mr. Alberto Grijalba, Mr. Guillermo
Rodriguez, the Director of Casa de la India, Spain and Mr. Juan Manuel Guimerans, the DG of Culture,
Tourism and Commerce of Valladolid City Council in Spain and Ms. Sharupa Dutta, Director of Creative
Arts and a theatre artiste herself form Teamworks Art India, Delhi who manage the Jaipur Literature
festival among other events. We also had Prof. Manvita Baradi of CEPT and Mr. Rajiv Patel, a social
entrepreneur of City Heritage Centre, Ahmedabad.
4. There were 53 participants in the two Master Classes on Built Heritage Management, out of which 25
were of Architecture, Civil Engineer and Urban Planning background (both professionals and students), 6
with a background of Interior Designing, two representatives of ASI, seven officials from Ahmedabad
Municipal Corporation, three from the technical team of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
(IIMA) looking after the restoration of Old Buildings, some representatives of Restoration companies and
a few lecturers and researchers from CEPT University.
5. The Master class on Cultural Heritage Related Event Management had 20 participants which constituted
of employees from non-profit organizations related to heritage, artists from visual and theatre group,
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, tourist guides, event management professional and a couple of
postgraduate students from Habitat Management, CEPT University.