PG Diploma in Heritage Studies

What is the course about?

INTACH Heritage Academy (IHA) is pleased to announce a one-year full time Post-graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies. The course is multi-disciplinary and progressive in nature. It will focus on a wider understanding of the philosophy and practice of cultural heritage conservation and management in India and worldwide. The course comprises of four terms or trimesters: first three are taught terms and the fourth term is dedicated to individual research or project.
The course conforms with the ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training in Conservation (1993)

What do you gain by taking up this course?

INTACH is the largest non-profit non-governmental organisation on matters related to art and cultural heritage in India. We have over 200 chapters in India and overseas, which include academics, practitioners, administrators, policy-makers and so forth as members . There are 10 technical divisions dedicated to specific aspects of heritage studies located at INTACH headquarters in New Delhi. With over three decades of work in the domain of art and cultural heritage, INTACH has become an enviable repository of expertise, knowledge and experience. The course is built upon this accumulated intellectual wealth of INTACH. Some of the key benefits of pursuing this course at INTACH are:
  • Develop a wider understanding of the notion and nature of 'heritage';
  • Gain an informed perspective on the protection, preservation and continuity of the significant aspects of culture and its expression;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the history, theory and ethics of cultural heritage conservation;
  • Learn hands-on practical skills by working alongside traditional master craftsmen and heritage specialists;
  • Study in the historic city of Delhi that is home to several monuments, historic gardens, museums, archaeological sites, conservation precincts and so forth;
  • Build connections with heritage experts, cultural practitioners and research organisations, and be part of a wider conservation community;
  • Immerse in the stimulating debates in at the Masterclasses, Seminars and Continuous Professional Development modules;
  • Study at INTACH and be gain access to our chapter/ members network, INTACH knowledge centre, conservation labs and other facilities.
The course is first-of-its-kind in the country that aims to present a integrated and inter-linked perspective on all matters related to archaeology, conservation and management. The course will:
  • Develop upon a learner-centric pedagogy and progressive academic content,
  • Focus on small group teaching, interactive sessions and peer learning,
  • Encourage critical thinking and informed arguments through reading, discussion and debate.

What is the course content?

Broadly speaking, the course will cover everything that is essential for your career in the capacity of a 'heritage professional'. The taught components of course are categorised into theory, practice and skills aspects, and together we will cover the history, evolution, philosophy and practice of the conservation of historic built environment. There are two main disconnects in the heritage conservation context: first - the gap between eastern and western conservation approaches, and second - the lack of continuity between the traditional and modern conservation practices. The course will address both these concerns in the indigenous Indian and a wider international context. In addition to this, a range of contemporary and burning issues of heritage conservation will also find their place in teaching through core modules, seminars, masterclasses or conferences. The theoretical aspect of the course will be complemented with practical 'skills' sessions in the field, conservation laboratories or specialised workshops. These hands-on training modules will focus on the study and use of specialised materials, techniques and instruments that are essential for professional practice.

Who can apply for the course?

The course is open to graduates in architecture, engineering, interior design/ architecture, planning, landscape, archaeology, conservation, museology, history of art, architectural history, and related subjects. Experience heritage professionals including conservation architects, conservators, heritage managers, heritage contractors, heritage engineers, conservation scientists can also enrol for the course. A cohort of students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and varied experience will help create a rich and diverse learning environment.

Last date to apply - Monday 1 July 2019

Key Contacts

Mr Navin Piplani
Course Director

Ms Shruti Kumar
Administrative Assistant

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What is the course content and structure?

The one year full-time course is spread over four trimesters. The taught component of the course is covered during the first three trimesters starting in August every year. The fourth trimester is assigned to undertake and complete research or project of your own interest and passion. The course structure comprises five distinct, yet overlapping, strands of teaching and learning: Theory, Practical, Skills, Masterclass and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The course will be taught in combination of lectures, hands-on working sessions, workshops, focused discussions, seminars and tutorials. All modules and classes are mandatory for students who register for the course. There will be certain modules, masterclasses and CPD courses that will open to the external participants at a nominal charge. The end term will focus on individual research or project wherein your own research skills or project competence will be nurtured.

Last date to apply - Monday 1 July 2019

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How to apply?

The application process for the course is very simple. You will need:
  • An undergraduate degree with minimum 50% (overall) marks in architecture, engineering, interior design/ architecture, planning, landscape, archaeology, conservation, museology, history of art, architectural history, or in a relevant allied discipline.
  • Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered.
All eligible candidates will be interviewed either in person or via internet.

What do you need to provide?

You will need to provide the following documents:
  • Duly filled application form
  • Self attested copy of education transcripts
  • Statement of purpose (max. 1500 words)
  • Sample of work/ portfolio (working professionals)
  • Two references from academics or profession as applicable

What is the course fee?

Course fee: INR 80,000/-
All taxes as applicable by the Government of India are to be paid in addition to the course fee.
Click below to download the Application Form
Application form_PGDip_Heritage Studiesritage Studies At any stage of your application process, please feel free to contact the Course Director (for academic inquiry) or Administrative Assistant (for administrative inquiry). *Interested applicants can now send their application forms to IHA. Interviews will be held in July and the course will commence in August/ September 2018.

Last date to apply - Monday 1 July 2019

Note: All courses are run by INTACH on a no-profit basis. *The PG Diploma course is being offered by INTACH Heritage Academy (IHA) and INTACH. IHA is not affiliated to any University or Educational Institute. IHA is not a University/ Deemed University/ Institute which has sought UGC or AICTE approval/ recognition. Print Open PDF

Key Reading List

Conservation Philosophies
  • Erder, C. and Bakkalcioglu, A. (1987). Our architectural heritage. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Feilden, B. (1994). Conservation of historic buildings. London: Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Feilden, B. (1987). Conservation Manual for Intach. INTACH.
  • Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (2009). Conservation Issues in Asia. INTACH.
  • INTACH (2005). Heritage Conservation and Urban Development. New Delhi: INTACH UK Trust.
  • Isar, Y. (1986). The Challenge to our cultural heritage. Paris: UNESCO; Washington, D.C.; London.
  • Jain, S., Munjal, P. and Arora, V. (n.d.). The future of historic cities. New Delhi: Aryan Books International.
  • Jokilehto, J. (1999). A history of architectural conservation. Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Kenneth, R. (n.d.). Architecture Reborn: The Conversion and Reconstruction of Old Buildings. Laurence King Publishing.
  • Marston, J. (1995). Historic Preservation. University Press of Virginia.
  • Piplani, N. (2013). Imagining Conservation. York: York Conservation Studies Alumni Association.
  • Tyler, N. (2000). Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles and Practice. W.W. Norton And Company.
  • Yongchang, W. (2006). Protect the History Root Inherit the Culture Spirit: The Inheritance Research and Practice of Shaoxing Famous Historic Cultural City Protection.
  • Burns, J. (2004). Recording Historic Buildings. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Dallas, R. (2003). Measured survey and building recording for historic buildings and structures. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland, Technical Conservation, Research and Education Division.
  • Krutkar, S. (2010). The Conservation Brief. New Delhi: INTACH.
  • Oxley, R. (2003). Survey and Repair of Traditional Buildings: A Conservation and Sustainable Approach. Donhead Publishing House.
Cultural Policies and Legislations
  • Chainani, S. (2007). Heritage conservation, legislative and organisational policies for India. New Delhi: INTACH.
  • Marshall, J. (1923). Conservation Manual, a Handbook for the use of Archaeological Officers and others Entrusted with the care of Ancient Monuments. Superintendent of Government Printing.
  • Conventions and Recommendations of UNESCO concerning the Protection of the Cultural Heritage. (1983). Paris: UNESCO.
  • Tandon, R. (2002). A case for national policy for heritage conservation and management. New Delhi: INTACH.
Conservation Practises
  • "Appropriate technologies" in the conservation of cultural property. (1981). Paris: The UNESCO P.
  • Baer, N., Fitz, S., Livingston, R. and Lupp, J. (1998). Conservation of historic brick structures. Donhead Publishing House.
  • Beckmann, P. and Bowles, R. (1995). Structural aspects of building conservation. Mcgraw Hiil.
  • External lime coatings on traditional buildings. (2001). Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
  • INTACH (2007). Conserving Timber Structure in India. New Delhi: INTACH UK Trust.
  • Jodidio, P. (2012). The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Munich: Prestel.
  • Planning & conservation. (1987). London: Heritage Trust.
  • Robson, P. (1999). Structural repair of traditional buildings. Donhead Publishing House.
  • Singh, P. (2006). Historic gardens. New Delhi: INTACH.
  • Tom, B. (2007). Traditional conservation of timber architecture. New Delhi: INTACH UK Trust.
  • Wescoat, J. (2006). Conserving Mughal garden waterworks. New Delhi: INTACH UK Trust.
Material Conservation
  • Ashurst, J. (1983). Mortars, Plasters and Renders in Conservation. Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.
  • Ashurst, J. and Dimes, F. (1990). Conservation of building and decorative stone. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Bais, S. (2007). Why use lime? New Delhi: INTACH UK Trust.
  • Biswas, S. (2008). Conservation and restoration of brick architecture. New Delhi: Kaveri Books.
  • Cameron, S. (1997). Biological growths on sandstone buildings. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
  • Christopher, A. (1994). Stone cleaning: A Guide for Practitioners. Historic Scotland.
  • Kumar, A. (2001). Conservation of building stones. New Delhi: INTACH, Indian Council of Conservation Institutes & Sundeep Prakashan.
  • Cowan, H. (1988). Science and Technology of Building Materials. Van Nostrand Reinhold.
  • Gibbons, P. (2002). Conservation of plasterwork. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
  • Giovanni, M. (n.d.). Damp Building, Old and New. Rome: Iccrom.
  • Hughes, J. (2003). Mortars in Historic Buildings: A Review of the Conservation, Technical and Scientific Literature. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
  • Preparation and use of lime mortars. (2003). Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
  • Rai, G. and Desarkar, P. (2006). What are lime mortars? New Delhi: INTACH UK Trust.
  • Ridout, B. (2000). Timber Decay in Buildings. Historic Scotland and Spon Press.
  • Stone decay. (2004). Donhead Publishing House.
Global Perspectives in Heritage
  • Feilden, B. (2018). Management Guidelines for World Cultural Heritage Sites. Rome: ICCROM.
  • UNESCO (2006). Guide To UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Confederation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations of India.
  • World Heritage sites. (2010). Paris, France: UNESCO Publishing.
Heritage Impact Assessment
  • Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO. (1994). Planning and Management of Conservation of the Cultural Heritage. Tokyo: Asia/ Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO.
  • Bhowmik, S. (2004). Heritage management. Jaipur: Publication Division.
  • Historical Society of Lucknow (n.d.). Maintaining Old Buildings. Lucknow: INTACH.
  • Kidd, S. (2011). Fire Risk Management in Heritage Buildings. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
  • Pant, D. (2012). Care and administration of heritage monuments in India, 1784-1904. New Delhi: Aryan Books International.
Cultural Heritage Management
  • Chainani, S. (2007). Heritage and Environment: An Indian Diary. Mumbai: Urban Design Research Institute.
  • Griffin, J. (1997). Cultural Heritage Management Case Studies.
  • INTACH (2007). Intangible Heritage. New Delhi: INTACH.
  • M, V. (2013). Gardens of the great Mughals. Adam and Charles Black.
  • Valuing Historic Environments. (2009). New Delhi: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
  • Young, V. (1996). Access to the Built Heritage. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland.
Heritage Economics
  • O’Sullivan, A. (2018). Urban economics. Irwin.
  • Agrawal, O. (1977). Care and Preservation of Museum Objects. National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property.
  • Bobade, B. (n.d.). Museums and archives: preservation management and digital networking fumigation. B. R. Publishing Corporation.
  • Chakarbarti, L. (2007). Managing Museums. Sundeep Prakashan.
  • Guichen, G. (1984). Climate in museums. Rome: ICCROM.
  • MacLeod, S. (2007). Reshaping museum space. London: Routledge.
  • Museums: a new era of technology. (n.d.). B.R. Publishing Corporation.
  • Sarkar, H. (n.d.). Museums and Protections of Monuments and Antiquities in India. Sundeep Prakashan.
  • Singh, A. (1987). Conservation and Museum Techniques. Agam Kala Prakashan.
Building Archaeology
  • Carver, M. (2009). Archaeological Investigation. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.
  • Cronyn, J. and Robinson, W. (1990). Elements of archaeological conservation. Routledge.
  • Gosh, A. (1961). Indian archaeology 1960-61. New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India.
  • Seeley, Nigel, J. (n.d.). Archaeological Conservation: The Development Of A Discipline
  • Sharma, R. (2008). India's ancient past. New Delhi: Oxford Univ. Press.
  • Tripathi, A. (2007). The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan.
Digital Heritage Management
  • Cameron, F. and Kenderdine, S. (2007). Theorizing digital cultural heritage. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
  • Lorenzo-Eiroa, P. and Sprecher, A. (2013). Architecture in formation. London: Routledge.
  • Young, R. (2008). Historic preservation technology. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley & Sons.
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Co-ordinating Staff

Mr. Navin Piplani

Principal Director

Ms. Shradha Arora

Programme Associate /

Ms. Sukriti Gupta

Training Assistant

Ms. Sneha Kishnadwala

Capacity Building Assistant

Ms. Richa Pandey

Research Assistant

Support Staff

Ms. Shruti Kumar

Administration Assistant

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Short Courses

The Diploma course will consist of introductory and professional courses related to Heritage, Conservation and Archaeology.
Check our Course Calendar for the year 2018-19 below