India is a country with rich natural and cultural heritage. The variation in heritage
is due to geographical locations, time periods, builders, architectural styles,
different sizes and scales of cultural heritage, existing traditional knowledge
systems, continuity in traditional practices, and different categories of built
heritage ranging from prehistoric, historic and archaeological sites and different
typologies from a building to large cultural regions. Today in our country there
are around 3600 Centrally Protected Monuments, around 5000 State Protected Monuments,
large number of living monuments protected by various religious bodies and a huge
amount of built heritage under the ownership of private organizations/ owners. Hence
the need of Conservation Architect is felt by all stakeholders. Today not more than
200 qualified conservation architects are practicing in India, making it a profession
in demand. The requirement for a qualified conservation professional is more challenging
as with technological advancements the society is drastically changing and it is
important to understand the meaning of heritage in the present society. The heritage
is also vulnerable due to threats like rapid urban growth, industrial and intensive
agricultural activities, growing land prices, encroachments, etc.
The location of SPA Bhopal in central India near two world heritage sites including
a cultural landscape that provides the institute a unique opportunity to use this
heritage as a pedagogical resource. Drawing from the cultural context of central
India and myriad of diverse communities, we are inspired to launch a Post Graduate
Programme in Conservation.
Conservation Practice requires a professional with skills towards interpretation
of heritage values; maintenance and management of heritage; process and knowledge
of construction and building; and knows how to use technological advancements and
expertise. Hence the Conservation programme is devised in training the students
towards theory and philosophies in conservation, process and techniques necessary
for maintenance and management of heritage, appropriate use of standards of practice.
This training shall facilitate informed decision making and application of acquired
skills and techniques.
Theory and Philosophy
Focuses on building the theoretical background necessary for all conservation activities
including knowledge systems approach, communication skills, interpretations and
understanding of core disciplines of interactions.
Scientific (Traditional and Modern)
Focuses on the various kinds of techniques required to handle various types, scopes,
and scales of conservation including various kinds of knowledge required related
to materials, structural systems, physical properties and traditional techniques
towards making of an artifact or construction of a building.
Scales and Components
Focuses on various levels required for management, for various scales of conservation
projects likely to be handled by conservation professional. It deals with various
approaches required for management including holistic and integrated approach, participatory
Laws and Jurisdiction, Profession
Focuses on the administrative, political and legal frameworks under which the conservation
works are undertaken. The restrictions and opportunities of jurisdictions towards
implementation of various conservation activities are explored.
First Hand Experience on various scales of live project
The programme shall fulfill the objectives of the charter of SPA Bhopal towards
imparting quality education inclusive of environmental, social and cultural sustenance.
It shall build a Comprehensive Database of India through research and documentation.
The Conservation programme aims at developing appropriate management and technical
skills for Conservation Practice. Thus the trained professionals shall provide leadership
in Conservation Profession.
The two year Masters Programme in Conservation is designed to impart skills and
knowledge and train students in a multidisciplinary and integrated approach of historic
conservation. The programme is divided into five modules namely:
The Programme is a two year programme organized in four semesters with practical
training in summer vacations for not less than eight weeks.
SPA Bhopal aspires to create conservation professionals sensitized about the significance
of heritage, having understanding of the role of scientific disciplines and appropriate
skills & techniques for conservation practice.
Information coming soon....