A year-long Heritage India Quiz (HIQ) has been launched by CBSE, in order to make students aware of the general knowledge and monuments and other information. The contest would be in continuation of the ‘adopt a monument’ campaign, which was initiated to make students aware of the importance of the monuments older than 100 years including caves, sculptures and buildings around various cities of the country.
According to a circular issued to all the heads of the CBSE affiliated institutions by the CBSE additional Director Sugandh Sharma, “The objective of the year-long quiz aims to inform the students about the inter-link between the culture and heritage and the need for sustainable socio-economic development alongside modernization.”
In order to make students take interest in the cultural and physical diversity of the country the board has decided to include the questions related to heritages of the seven sister states of north-east India as well this year. The aim is to reach to students from all over India and raise awareness among them about the conservation and management of country’s old and important heritage.
The format of the quiz would be more or less same. It would take place in three levels beginning with city level and going through to regional to that of national level. Schools would be asked to select a monument that the want to adopt in their vicinity and the students would then be asked to start collecting materials related to history, architecture, conservation, stories, myths and legends associated with the monuments. After this the students would need to take up works like removal of vegetation, encroaching, cleaning and dusting around the monument in guidance of an expert, which would help in its preservation and would raise awareness among the local people as well.