Students and faculty members of Indian Institute Technology –
Kharagpur (IIT-K) and Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy (MIT) in US came
together for a brainstorming session at American Centre in Kolkatta. The
brainstorming session was held to convert Bolpur- Shantiniketan into a model sustainable
According to the reports the students of Massachusetts
Institute of Technolgy (MIT) are here in India for a yearlong India Practicum
The students have compiled reports through an extensive
research using data obtained from photo documentation, meetings, artists,
painters and NGOs in Shantiniketan.
The brainstorming session was headed by US Consul General
Craig Hall and about 15 students from Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy
(MIT) participated. The students from Indian Institute Technology – Kharagpur (IIT-K)
were primarily research scholars and students pursuing masters in architecture
and town planning.
MIT Professor Bish Sanyal said that “the project was a joint
effort of IIT-K and MIT to think about how to protect the historical heritage
of Shantiniketan, middle-sized town facing pressure of economic and spatial
The major issue is the preservation of a cultural legacy and
historical heritage in a mid-sized town like Shantiniketan. Many analysis and
reports would be generated in the next four to six month to carry out the task.