Conservation institute proposed at Fort
By Shoaib Ahmed
LAHORE: A Pakistan Conservation Institute (PCI) under the federal Ministry of Culture has been proposed as part of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s greater plan for the Lahore Fort from 2004 to 2010, sources in the Archaeology Department told Daily Times on Tuesday.
The institute, if established, will provide training in conservation and management of cultural heritages and will be set up in the Lahore Fort. Sources said that the UNESCO plan was near completion and would be unveiled soon. The UNESCO-funded plan is being prepared and written by international consultant Dr Pamela Rogers and Yasmin Lari, the UNESCO national advisor.
The proposal stated that since the existing Pakistan Institute of Archeological Training and Research (PITAR) at Lahore Fort only provided archaeological training and no university taught conservation techniques, PCI was strongly recommended. The proposal suggested that PCI provide short-term courses and diploma programmes in conservation-related subjects.