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Projects

Heritage Protection

There are two types of World Heritage Sites as defined by the UNESCO. One is Cultural Heritage Sites including man-made works like architectural creations, archaeological structures, monumental sculpture and paintings, cave dwellings, groups of buildings that are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science and combined works of man and nature that are of outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic, ethnological or anthropological point of view.

The second type is Natural Heritage Sites like single or grouped biological, physical, geological or physiographical formations or delineated areas of outstanding universal value from the aesthetic or scientific point of view or which are the habitats of threatened species of animals and plants of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meeting in Paris from 17 October to 21 November 1972, noted that 'the cultural heritage and the natural heritage are increasingly threatened with destruction not only by the traditional causes of decay, but also by changing social and economic conditions'.

The Conference also noted that the deterioration or disappearance of cultural or natural heritage is a harmful impoverishment of world heritage and that we should increase and diffuse knowledge on these and assure their conservation and protection. The convention containing these decisions was adopted on the 16th of November, 1972. The properties from India inscribed on the World Heritage List are:

Cultural Sites

1983

Agra Fort

2013

Hill Forts of Rajasthan

1983

Ajanta Caves

1993

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

1989

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

1986

Khajuraho Group of Monuments

2004

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

2002

Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

2004

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

1999

Mountain Railways of India

1986

Churches and Convents of Goa

1993

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

1987

Elephanta Caves

2014

Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

1983

Ellora Caves

2007

Red Fort Complex

1986

Fatehpur Sikri

2003

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

1987

Great Living Chola Temples

1984

Sun Temple, Konarak

1986

Group of Monuments at Hampi

1983

Taj Mahal

1984

Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

2010

The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

1987

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

Natural Sites

2014

Great Himalayan National Park

1988

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

1985

Kaziranga National Park

1987

Sundarbans National Park

1985

Keoladeo National Park

2012

Western Ghats

1985

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Heritage India Foundation is engaged in studying, documenting, promoting and conserving the World Heritage Sites, declared as such by UNESCO, especially those situated inside India. Article 17 of the Convention adopted by UNESCO in 1972 clearly says that the parties to the Convention 'shall consider or encourage the establishment of national public and private foundations or associations whose purpose is to invite donations for the protection of the cultural and natural heritage'. Therefore HIF is following the Convention in letter and spirit and calling upon all to support its patriotic activities in promoting heritage sites.

The projects of Heritage India Foundation are all planned with the welfare of mankind and natureas the prime target, whether they are for the health and wellness or knowledge and awareness of the common people, the intellectual and character formation of our children, the protection and promotion of our heritage treasures, or helping the administration in good governance and such other programmes.

Grafiti- free Monuments

Our national monuments are what make us proud to call ourselves Indians. But vandals are defacing them with graffiti and damaging them in every way. Inspired by the Prime Minister's Cleanliness Drive, Heritage India Foundation is unleashing a campaign to remove defacing graffiti from our national monuments and to protect them from further vandalising. The Prime Minister and the Minister for Tourism have ensured administrative support for the project. The Central Ministry of Education has supported in principle the proposal of HIF for making cleanliness lessons a part of the curriculum for formal education. Campaign material for the project of making our national monuments graffiti-free is being prepared on a war-footing. HIF envisages a sea change in the attitude of the average Indian citizen making him proud of the symbols of his cultural heritage and show them off to the whole world with genuine pride.