UNESCO Declares The World’s First Living Heritage University


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the world’s first “Living Heritage University”. The university, which is located in the city of Banares, India, is recognized for its unique approach to education and its efforts to preserve traditional knowledge and skills.

The Living Heritage University is a traditional institution of higher education that has been in operation for over 1000 years. It is renowned for its holistic approach to education, which integrates both theoretical and practical knowledge. The university also places a strong emphasis on the preservation of traditional skills and crafts, such as weaving, pottery, and wood carving.

UNESCO’s recognition of the Living Heritage University as a “Living Heritage University” is a major achievement, and is a testament to the institution’s commitment to preserving and promoting traditional knowledge and skills. The recognition also highlights the importance of traditional education institutions in promoting cultural diversity and preserving the world’s cultural heritage.

The Living Heritage University is an important center of learning, not only for the students who study there, but also for the wider community. Through its efforts to preserve traditional skills and crafts, the university is helping to ensure that these important cultural traditions will continue to be passed down from generation to generation.

In addition to its role in preserving traditional knowledge and skills, the Living Heritage University is also playing an important role in promoting sustainable development in the region. The university is actively engaged in a range of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of local communities, including efforts to improve access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) is a United Nations specialised organisation that promotes international cooperation via education, science, culture, and communication. According to sources, this decision comes 11 years after the Union Culture Ministry sought for the designation of Santiniketan (“Visva Bharati”) as a UNESCO historic site and obtained recognition for Tagore’s cultural ark at his 150th birthday.


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