Chandigaarh 18th April, 2015  -  Chandigarh Tourism with its initiative to enhance the Heritage of Chandigarh  celebrated World Heritage Day on 18th April, 2015 through a series of events. World Heritage day is celebrated internationally on 18th April and 2015  marks the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS (International Council for Sites and Monuments) 1965-2015, the international body for valorisation, appreciation and protection of World Heritage which includes sites, building ensembles, monuments and artefacts. Established by UNESCO it aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them.

This day is also commonly known as World Heritage Day. However, whilst UNESCO is the organisation that lists World Heritage Sites, this day is not just about the listed sites, but concerns all cultural heritage places and landscapes of international, national and local significance. The celebrations are to engage the youth and to get the public involved in the Conservation, and valorisation of the local cultural heritage.

In collaboration with the Chandigarh College of Architecture, the Tourism Department organised various heritage related events. These were open to all citizens and especially the youth. The first of these was a Heritage Trail, treasure hunt for which 12 clues were scattered over the city and the participants had to discover these only on bicycles or rickshaws! The final destination was the Open Hand, Capitol Complex where refreshments and the treasure awaited the participants. First prize Neeraj, Siddharath , Shubham and Raghav. Second position was shared by Prabhjot Phull, Karanbir. The Third prize was given to Rahul Arya and Sahil Bansal, Sohail and Himanshu. A special consolation prize was given to Jayesh, Abhimanyu and Atishya of DAV School, Chandigarh.

The second event - An Art competition, to commemorate the modern heritage of Chandigarh, was organised at the capitol precincts. Participants were encouraged to sketch, paint and colourwash the various scenes. ----entries came in. All the entries of the art competition were later exhibited at the Open Hand ‘trench of contemplation’ where the prize distribution was held later in the evening. First Prize was bagged bySahil Seth, second by Kamaljit Kaur and third by Paras Malik. Consolation prizes went to Arbnab, Simrandeep and Raman Singh.

 The ‘Heritage Quiz’ on various aspects of the City Beautiful formed the third event. A huge success, this had 9 participating teams and the teams well exhibited the broad awareness of our citizens to the city’s   built and manmade heritage. The first prize was won by HIMANSHU, GARIMA and TANYA. Second prize went to Raghwinder, Sanchit and Kashish. Third prize went to Sahil Bansal, Sohail and Rahul Arya. All prizes included cash, mementos and certificates.

The grand finale to the celebrations was held at the Capitol Complex and presided over by  the Adviser to the Administrator Shri Vijay Dev, Home Secretary Shri Anurag Aggarwal, Director Tourism Ms. Kavita Singh , Principal CCA Pradeep Bhagat. An introduction to the Significance of the Capitol Complex in view of its World heritage Nomination was given by Dr.Sangeeta Bagga, Associate Professor CCA.

The Home Secretary in his address highlighted the contribution of CCA in promoting the modern heritage of the city and its popularisation to the citizens and tourists. The prizes were given away by the Adviser, Chief Guest for the occasion.He expressed his happiness over the efforts of the Tourism Department and CCA to popularise the Capitol Complex which is underway for UNESCO World Heritage Status as part of the Transnational Serial Nomination. The Vote of thanks was presented by Director Tourism UT.