Ashok Kumar speaks at the symposium in Ranchi on Wednesday. (Prashant Mitra)
A daylong symposium on Conservation and Preservation of Archaeological Sites of Jharkhand was held at State Museum, Hotwar, on Wednesday.
Organised by state art and culture department, the event was attended by over 400 students and lecturers from across Jharkhand. Director of state art and culture department Ashok Kumar, the chief guest, spoke on the significance of such symposiums.
“We have many important heritage sites in our state which need to be preserved. Such events can play a role in encouraging students to join the cause of conserving them,” he said.
Senior academics attending the programme included E. Khan, associate professor of political science at Gaya College. Speaking about Jama mosque at Rajmahal in Sahebganj district, Khan stressed on the socio-political and economic significance of the monument.
“The mosque is an epitome of state’s culture, civilisation and national integration. It should be conserved and developed into an important tourist destination,” he said.
Khan further said preservation of the heritage site would generate revenues for the state. “Jama mosque should be given Unesco World Heritage Status,” he said.
Professor Syed Alam of Patna University also spoke at length regarding the cultural significance of the mosque, which is over 400 years old.
“Jama mosque was once a seat of mughals and houses Akbari mosque and the tomb of Maina-bibi. Students should visit the monument, prepare a report and submit it to the state department to help the cause of conservation,” he said.
Later, students presented research papers on a number of heritage sites in the state including Maluti temples in Santhal Pargana, Bhadrakali temple in Itkhori and rock paintings of Hazaribagh.
“I presented a paper on the temple of Goddess Bhadrakali in Itkhori block of Chatra district. Local people helped us immensely during our research. The monument can be developed into a popular tourist spot,” said Nitin Kumar, a student at the event.