The Srinagar-based Amar Singh College building, built nearly 80 years ago, is one of seven conservation projects to be recognized with the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Prizes for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
The award was announced on Wednesday by a jury, made up of nine international conservation experts, and was convened from November 20 to 22 to deliberate on the project entries. The deliberations took place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the INTACH chapter in Jammu and Kashmir said. Amar Singh College was recognized with the ‘Award of Merit’ at the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Prizes for Cultural Heritage Conservation, he said. This year, the jury awarded two Special Recognition awards for Sustainable Development, an Award of Excellence, an Award of Distinction, an Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts and three Awards of Merit, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage ( INTACH) Said the Jammu and Kashmir chapter.
The INTACH chapter in the Union Territory had carried out the conservation work at Amar Singh College.
“The restoration of Amar Singh College restored its former glory to one of the most prominent institutional buildings in Kashmir. Carried out with a high level of technical competence, the project reversed the great deterioration resulting from years of inappropriate additions, poor maintenance and catastrophic events such as the unprecedented floods of 2014, ”the jury said in their comments on the work carried out on the project. “The project team’s meticulous attention to the building’s original design and materials involved training a new generation of brick and stone masonry construction craftsmen,” he said. The project serves as a noteworthy model for safeguarding a unique 20th-century architectural asset in the Victorian neighborhood of Srinagar’s old city, the jury said.