Universities, institutes to celebrate Jan 12 as Heritage Day

Universities, institutes to celebrate Jan 12 as Heritage Day

Students in universities and educational institutions will take an oath to protect the heritage and monuments of the country on that day.
The Human Resource Development Ministry has taken this decision as a step to sensitise the students for protection of cultural and archaeological monuments in the country.

As per the decision of the ministry, the UGC has asked all universities and higher educational institutions under its purview to observe January 12 as Heritage Day from this year.

The students will jointly undertake efforts to protect monuments in the proximity of their town or city, a UGC circular said. January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, is also being observed as the National Youth Day since 1984.
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal instructed his ministry that a campaign should be initiated in educational institutions for protection of such heritages.

The ministry has also asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to evolve a scheme for including a oath on heritage conservation in the curriculum.
The ministry has issued a letter to the UGC in this regard which said the Directive Principles of State Policy as contained in the Article 49 of the Constitution make it obligatory on the state and every citizen to protect the monuments and court heritage for future generation.

"The Human Resource Development Minister has desired that an action plan be prepared to instill these values enshrined in the Constitution among students in the higher educational institutions," the letter said.

The ministry has asked the CBSE that a proper scheme should be developed to ensure that children take oath on heritage preservation.
The oaths are: "I will not scribble on, deface or encroach upon any monument. I will respect all monuments which are a part of my country's heritage. I will render all possible help to conserve and preserve our heritage."

There are about 6,700 ASI-protected monuments in the country and many a time people engrave messages and deface them. There are also a few thousand monuments which are unprotected by any agency.