MHRD has already released funds for a design innovation centre at the institute
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) will soon begin a digital heritage preservation project on Hyderabad’s Golconda Fort. Professor U B Desai, Director IIT Hyderabad stated that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has already released funds for a design innovation centre at the institute.
The new centre will be see collaboration between IIT-H, where it will be based, and institutions such as Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT Hyderabad), Indian Institute of Information Technology Chittoor (IIIT Chittoor) and Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing Kancheepuram.
Speaking on the digital heritage preservation project, Desai stated, “Currently, we are in the process of getting all the required infrastructure ready like various cameras, laser scanners and software which can stitch things together in a nice and flamboyant manner, today we have technology for digitally preserving things”.
Desai added that the idea was to demonstrate the feasibility and IIT Hyderabad’s ability to successfully undertake such an initiative. The project which is being conducted on a pilot basis may then be taken forward to cover other sites in the country.
He emphasised the urgent need to preserve the precious heritage, which face the threat of being lost forever due to natural calamities. He also observed that such projects have already been undertaken in many western nations such as the project on the “Statue of David” by Stanford University. The successful conclusion of the project would allow anyone to take a virtual tour of the site.