Learn and conserve Mumbai's heritage

Jul 30, 2013, 09:11 IST | The Guide Team

Sir JJ College of Architecture, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Heritage Conservation Society (MMR-HCS) have announced a a new course in conservation and heritage studies

Heritage conservation is the need of the hour and emphasising this is the just-introduced Capacity Development Programme in Built Heritage Studies and Conservation. The course will be divided in six modules that will be taught by experts in the field from all over the country. The lectures will be held at the Sir JJ College of Architecture and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS). The first module of the course will commence in August. 

Set up in 1938, Eros Cinema represents the Art Deco form of architecture

Who can sign up?
The programme hopes to provide a platform where people involved with the conservation process can share their expertise in a structured manner. It is targetted at heritage building owners and managers, engineers, architects and planners from government institutes, employees of NGOs working on heritage issues, crafts persons, mid-career practitioners and professionals, policy-makers as well as aficionados. The course focusses on the practical aspects of built heritage conservation.

The modules will focus on approaches to built heritage conservation, material conservation, structural conservation, conservation project management, urban conservation and enabling the environment. It will feature speakers like Brinda Somaya, Anupam Sah, Alpa Sheth, Vikas Dilawari, and Pankaj Joshi. Participants who wish to enroll, need a graduate degree in any discipline or practical experience in architectural works.

Why the need?
Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training, CSMVS, says that there is awareness about built heritage, in terms of grading and legislation. “People undertake conservation work without having sufficient information or training in aspects to keep in mind while doing so. It leads to a decrease in the heritage value of a building. The general perception is that built heritage structures are a liability rather than an asset. They let them fall apart rather than repair them,” states Sah.

What’s in store?
Workshops that give hands-on experience in different areas of conservation like documentation, condition assessment, materials, structural conservation, heritage management and urban conservation as well as focussed course material with a list of readings will be made available on the course website. A specially developed archive for the course (to be updated regularly) that consists of literature, case studies, manuals, films, maps, conservation reports and drawings, can be accessed. Site visits will also be organised. Certificates will be given after attending individual modules.

MMR-HCS, the CSMVS and Sir JJ College of Architecture will award diplomas to participants who complete all six modules. Diploma applicants have to submit written assignments at the end of each module. They are also required to complete a written examination at the end of six modules to be eligible for the diploma.

Call 9820096951
email coordinatorbhsc @gmail.com
log on to www.bhsc.in
Cost Rs 5,000 per module

The first module starts from August 19. NOTE: Each module will be conducted for five days with 40 hours of training sessions. A new module is introduced every two months. 

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