The Wildlife Institute of India, an autonomous institution of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, a premier national institute for training, research and advisory services in the field of wildlife conservation and management, has invited applications for admission to the Master’s Degree Course in Heritage Conservation and Management under the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Management and Training Scheme.
The Wildlife Institute of India hosts a UNESCO Category 2 Centre (C2C) on World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region with a mission to strengthen implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the Asia-Pacific region. Accordingly, the Institute aims to build capacity of heritage professionals, foster international cooperation and contribute to systematic representation of properties with outstanding universal values on World Heritage list (http://wii.gov.in/unesco_category2_centre).
The 2-year residential Master’s Degree Course in Heritage Conservation and Management beginning 1st July, 2019 has been introduced by UNESCO C2C. The course is presently affiliated with the Saurashtra University, Rajkot (Gujarat).
Those completing the course can think of careers in the inter-disciplinary field of heritage conservation. Potential employers include international organisations, national agencies and private sector in the field of heritage conservation and management.
The course is interdisciplinary in nature and advances sustainability studies through the prism of heritage. This includes theoretical and methodological integration of ecological sciences, social sciences and humanities, and heritage studies. It entails taught courses, internship, dissertation and direct engagement with UNESCO World Heritage site. The pedagogy will be largely participatory and interactive involving a combination of self-study using Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) resources.
The maximum intake is 10.
Applications can be submitted by Indians and foreigners having a passion for heritage conservation and management.
Eligibility: Applicant should hold a Bachelor degree from a recognized University with 50 percent in aggregate for general category and OBC candidates (both Indian and foreign nationals) and 45 percent in aggregate for SC/ST candidates The degree should have been obtained through a minimum of 15 years of formal education (either 10+2+3 or 11+2+2). Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying (final) bachelor’s degree examination and whose result is still awaited may also apply. However, they need to provide their Bachelor Pass Certificate prior to the registration in the course at Saurashtra University, tentatively by 1st August 2019, failing which the admission will stand cancelled.
Age Limit: The maximum age limit is 25 years as on July 01, 2019 with relaxation of 5 years for reserved category national candidates (SC/ST/OBC) and 3 years for foreign candidates. For the in-service candidates and professionals, the age limit is 35 years as on July 01, 2019.
Selection: Eligible applicants will be required to appear for an online National Eligibility Test (NET) at any one of Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Dehra Dun, Ranchi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Aizawl and Jammu, on 5th May 2019 (Sunday), at 1000 hrs. The allocation of test centres would be decided by the institute on the basis of number of candidates registered for a particular centre and the candidate would be accordingly informed.
NET will be for 2 hours duration for 100 marks. The question paper would have the following sections: (i) Section 1: 30 multiple choice questions on General Awareness including Current Affairs, Quantitative Skills, English Language and Computer knowledge (30 marks); Section 2: 40 multiple-choice questions on environmental issues, nature conservation and heritage management (40 marks); Section 3: A 200-word essay on environmental issues, nature conservation and heritage management (30 marks).
Shortlisted candidates based on NET screening will be called to take a Personality and Aptitude Test (PAT) and interview at Dehra Dun during 29-30 May 2019. Shortlisted candidates belonging to ‘General Category’ will be interviewed on 29 May, 2019, while shortlisted reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) candidates will be interviewed on 30 May, 2019. Final selection to the course will be made on the basis of combined merit of 70% marks obtained in the NET and 30% of PAT.
The selected Indian nationals will have to confirm their acceptance of selection offer positively by 10 June, 2019 by email, failing which, the waitlisted candidates in appropriate lists will be offered the seat.
Application: Application can be submitted online at the link specified in the Notification at http://www.wii.gov.in/announcements latest by 25th April, 2019.
Application processing fee of Rs. 1000/- has to be paid through the prescribed ‘Payment Gateway’.
All in-service candidates are required to register online and route their applications, after successful online registration, application submission and payment of fees; through proper channel to the ‘Course Coordinator, Master in Heritage Conservation and Management, UNESCO Category 2 Centre at Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand-248001’, by Registered Post, to reach latest by 2nd May, 2019. However, they may send an advance copy for preliminary consideration. Envelope containing application of in-service candidate being sent through proper channel should be marked, ‘Application of In-Service Candidate for Master in Heritage Conservation and Management’.
For more details, visit http://www.wii.gov.in/announcements