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Call for Proposals from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, and Nepal for Research on Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) in South Asia (2014-15)

SAARC Cultural Centre, as part of its mandate in promoting cultural diversity in South Asia and part of its research project for 2014-15 is pleased to invite proposals for research for on various aspects of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) In South Asia. The research will give an opportunity for the Member States to conduct an in-depth study on linkages between their Cultural Heritage and Tourism and identify and utilize the productive components of the research for Sustainable Development for the benefit of their people.


The objectives of the research programme on Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) In South Asia are as follows:

  • DISCUSS the country situation (of the SAARC Member States) related to Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development;
  • IDENTIFY various challenges faced by the Cultural Heritage sites in South Asia due to pressure of Tourism;
  • STUDY the best practices for harnessing the tourism potential of the Cultural Heritage sites in South Asia and their Sustainable Development;
  • SELECT research topics and questions related to Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) in South Asia that need further investigation; and
  • RECOGNIZE research approaches and methods for further research in Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) in South Asia


  • Applicants from the SAARC Member Countries are requested to submit a detailed research proposal, along with a detailed budget breakdown (as per the enclosed format), on any of the themes given below.
  • All these proposals are to be submitted through official channel (i.e. through the respective Governments of the Member States (SAARC Division, Ministry of External/ Foreign Affairs) via the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu).
  • Only those research proposals as received through official channel will be accepted by the SAARC Cultural Centre and placed before the Research Grants Committee (RGC) of the SAARC Cultural Centre. The RGC will review the research proposals and select up to Three proposals for the purpose of research grant. 
  • All the research grants will be subject to a mid-term review and the continuation of the project will be subject to the approval of the Progress Report by the Research Review Committee (RRC) of the SAARC Cultural Centre. For this purpose the SAARC Cultural Centre would hold a Review Meeting of the project in which all the researchers would be required to participate and present their progress reports. Any suggestions/ recommendations made by the SAARC Cultural Centre at this stage may be included in the research process by the respective researchers. 
  • At the end of the research project each researcher will be required to submit a publishable draft of the Research report (c. 20,000 to 30,000 words).
  • All Research reports will be reviewed, edited (if so required) and, subject to the recommendation of the reviewer, published by the SAARC Cultural Centre under its publications programme. 



Theme: Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development (CHTSD) in South Asia

Sub Themes:


1.1. Urban and rural regeneration through cultural Heritage tourism

1.2. Community engagement in Cultural Heritage Management (CHM)

1.3. Potential conflict between cultural heritage objectives and stakeholders

1.4. Role of Social Impact Assessment in CHM

1.5. Challenges in and remedies for the management of cultural and sacred landscapes

1.6. Role of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for cultural heritage management

1.7. Rural cultural tourism for promoting sustainable development

1.8. Creation of cultural identity in promoting sustainable tourism


2.1. New Avenues for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for promoting Cultural Heritage Tourism: Harnessing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)             Potential

2.2. Cultural Heritage Tourism as a Tool for Poverty Alleviation: myth or reality?

2.2.1. Potential of Cultural Heritage Products (CTP) for sustainable development

2.2.2. Mainstreaming gender concerns in the development of cultural heritage tourism

2.3. Exploring the linkages between Good governance, cultural heritage tourism and Sustainable Development


3.1. Shared cultural heritage as  a tool for promoting peace, harmony and prosperity

3.2. Preserving intangible cultural heritage for promoting sustainable tourism.


Each researcher will be granted US $ 3,000 (or an equivalent amount in the local currency) for carrying out the research. This grant will be paid in two instalments.

  • First instalment (50%) will be paid after presentation of a progress report before the Research Review Committee (RRC) in a mid-term review meeting convened by the SAARC Cultural Centre, and its successful defence by each researcher.
  • Final instalment (50%) will be paid on the submission of the completed Research report, its review by the expert and incorporation of changes/ revisions, if any, suggested by the reviewer.

Besides, the SAARC Cultural Centre will also provide economy class airfare to all research fellows (from outside Sri Lanka), to participate in the Review Meeting and present their progress report. Local hospitality to all outstation research fellows will also be provided by the SAARC Cultural Centre participating in the Review Meeting.

11 months (Starting from October 2014)

Call for Proposals October 2014
Last Date for submitting research proposals 30 November 2014
Approval of the research project 15 December 2014
Commencement of the Project 1 January 2014
Submission of Progress Report and Review Meeting July 2015 (date to be announced)
Submission of Final Report 30 November 2015


SAARC International Conference on Development of Museums in South Asia: ‘Curating Culture for Present and Future’ Concludes Successfully

SAARC Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the SAARC International Conference on Development of Museums in South Asia: ‘Curating Culture for Present and Future’ in Colombo, Sri Lanka. and its associated activity, A Poster Session on latest research on the South Asian Museums.

The Conference, which included  country reports, paper reading sessions,  a poster session on latest research on the South Asian Museums and two round table discussions, was organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre from 23-25 October 2014 at the Department of National Museums, No. 854, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. It was attended by over 50 participants, from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The Conference was convened with a view to providing a platform to the key stakeholders in the field of museums in the region to assess their preparedness, share their challenges and problems, showcase their achievements, voice their concerns and learn from the experts for effectively managing their existing and future collections over the long-term.
Inaugural Session
The conference was inaugurated by Hon. Dr. Jagath Balasuriya, Minister of National Heritage, Government of Sri Lanka. The Welcome Address was delivered by Mr. G.L.W. Samarasinghe, Director, SAARC Cultural Centre; Dr. Nanda Wickramasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage, Sri Lanka delivered the Keynote Address while Ms. Apsara Karunaratne, Research Assistant,  SAARC Cultural Centre proposed the Vote of Thanks.
Academic Sessions
A total of twenty research papers were presented in seven academic sessions. The sessions were as follows:
Introductory Session (1 Session),
Country Reports (2 Sessions),
Museum Management and Learning (1 Session),
Museum Management and Modern Technology (1 Session), 
New Trends in Museum Management (1 Session), and
Strengthening Culture through Museums: The Role of Smaller Museums (1 Session)
Round Table
Two Round Tables on ‘Social and Intellectual Engagement through Museums’ and ‘Role of Communication, Cooperation and Collaboration in Museum Management’ were held and were led by Prof. Anura Manatunga (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka) and Prof. P.B. Mandawala (University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Sri Lanka) respectively.
The Plenary Session
At the conclusion of the Academic Sessions, a Plenary Session was held on 25 October 2014 as a closed-door event with the participation of all Resource Persons and Chairpersons of the Academic Sessions. It was chaired by Dr. Sanjay Garg (Deputy Director-Research, SAARC Cultural Centre and Convener of the Conference). The Plenary Committee perused all the Feedback forms received from the participants of the Conference and summarised the main suggestions emerging out of the deliberations and prepared a document laying out a road-map in the form of recommendations for the SAARC Member States. The recommendations will be forwarded to all SAARC Member States.
Valedictory Session
The Valedictory Session of the conference was held on 25 October 2014 at the auditorium, Department of National Museums, Sri Lanka and was attended by the participants of the conference. Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa, a veteran journalist and media commentator in Sri Lanka, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and distributed certificates and mementos to all participants and Special Invitees of the Conference.
Post-Conference Tour
A full day post-conference tour was organized for the participants of the conference to sacred city of Anuradhapura on 25 October 2014.

Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka during the Anuradhapura kingdom that lasted for nearly 1,500 years starting from 4th century BCE. Today, Anuradhapura is one of the most sacred cities of worship for Buddhists and one of the best archaeological sites in the country and is the site for the The Eight Holy Places famously known as Atamasthana. It has been listed in the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites.



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