Santiniketan in tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage list
Santiniketan, a cultural site in West Bengal, India, has been proposed for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The suggestion was made by the international non-governmental organisation ICOMOS, which has its headquarters in France.
Experts, officials from local governments, representatives of heritage organisations, and business representatives make up the ICOMOS, an advisory body to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The site could be formally added to the World Heritage List during the World Heritage Committee conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in September 2023, according to Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy.
The first university in India to receive this distinction is Visva-Bharati, the living institution that Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore founded in Santiniketan. According to the university’s vice chancellor, Bidyut Chakraborty, it is “great news and a matter of pride for everyone – every stakeholder of Visva Bharati, in fact, every citizen of the land.” The university’s ‘Paridarsaka’ (visitor), ‘Acharya’ (chancellor), and ‘Pradhana’ (rector) are the President of India, the Prime Minister, and the Governor of West Bengal, respectively.
There are 40 locations in India that have received the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Elephanta Caves, Red Fort complex in Delhi, and Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya in Bihar are just a few of the 32 cultural monuments on this list. The tentative list includes 52 sites from India, including the Temples at Bishnupur in West Bengal, the Mattanchery Palace in Kerala, the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Gujarat, and the Little Rann of Kutch in Kerala. Each property that each State Party wants to consider for candidature is listed on the tentative list.