In an endeavor to digitally document the heritage and history of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) and involve the community in the process, Digital Empowerment Foundation in partnership with UNESCO India launched the e-Heritage Project Fellowship in 2014. A group of six Fellows, all residents of Old Delhi, were selected for the pilot project.
After a successful Fellowship programme in 2014, the second Fellowship programme was launched on August 1, 2015 with a set of five new Fellows, handpicked for the project. This time, the Fellows vary from residents of Old Delhi and New Delhi to students, professionals and even a French national.
The second Fellowship commenced with a joint orientated organised by DEF and UNESCO India at the latter’s New Delhi office.
Dr. Yaaminey Mubayi, a well-known Social Development professional and heritage preservation expert, addressed the new set of Fellows and spoke to them about the issues surrounding Solid Waste Management in the Walled City of Delhi.
Over the next two months, the six Fellows will carry out independent and extensive research on various topics of Shahjahanbad, following which their reports will be made available on www.olddelhiheritage.in.
The e-Heritage project aims to give an online presence to historical structures, intangible culture and oral history of heritage cities of India by involving the community in process of documenting their heritage.
Apart from Shahjahanabad, the eHeritage Project is also active in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.