In 2013, Digital Empowerment Foundation in partnership with UNESCO and IHCN launched the ‘e-Heritage Project: Digitally Enhancing India’s Heritage’. This programme was intended to encourage and build capacity of the municipal authorities and local communities in documenting and presenting heritage through a digital media (website). Four demo websites were developed: Pune, Shekawati, Old Delhi and Chanderi and launched on the occasion of the IHCN Biennial in Pune.
To take the project to the next step, and namely to start involving the local community members in documenting and populating the website, the present project has also launched ‘e-Heritage Fellowship’. This fellowship will train local youth with focus on imparting the notion of heritage, methodology of documentation and presentation of heritage data as well as the basic IT skill to upload data. Currently the fellowship will undergo in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) as a pilot case.