GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - “For Majuli to get the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, it is imperative to carefully evaluate whether the river island fulfils all the necessary criteria to get a place in the list. A flawless dossier, prepared with the help of technical experts would go a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Assam.”
Dhirendra Bhatnagar, the president of World Federation UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Association said this in Guwahati on Sunday adding that the obstacles should be cleared to have the claim match the necessary guidelines for the World Heritage Site status.
It may be noted that the present State Government had announced its commitment to get Majuli island declared as a World Heritage Site and the Government is in the process to prepare the fourth nomination dossier for the same.
Bhatnagar, who was in the city for celebration of 20 years of the UNESCO Association, Guwahati further said that Assam should also try for the intangible cultural heritage list of the UNESCO, which includes dance forms, rituals, ceremonies and many other things. “It not just ensures protection of such intangible cultural heritage but also creates a worldwide awareness about such cultural components,” he added.
The Clubs, Centres and Associations of the UNESCO are groups of volunteers of different ages and socio-professional status who work according to the UNESCO ideals and are established under the aegis of the National Commission of the UNESCO.
The Guwahati Association, one of the very active associations of UNESCO celebrated the completion of its 20 years with a programme organised at the Don Bosco School, Panbazar.
The Guwahati association also achieved a special consultative status in the Economic and Social Council of the UNESCO.
Further, to promote UNESCO ideology, the Guwahati Association has established UNESCO library corners in 16 locations of the State including the District Library, Gauhati University and the Administrative Staff College, Khanapara.
Two more such library corners have been established in Shillong and Tura, said Aswini Sarma, Regional Coordinator of the UNESCO Associations.