Description

The Centre is set up in the shadow of the historic Kot Diji Fort and a stone’s throw from the ancient Kot Diji Remains. The Centre has come about due to the initiative of DC (former DCO) Mr. Abbas Baloch, EDO (CDD), Mr. Faisal Khokar. The efforts of EDO, IT, Mr. Sabir Ali Shah, the focal point appointed by the DC and those of the ADC, Captain Anwar have resulted in the setting up of this unique centre, which is one of its kind in the country. Both the Khairpur administration and Heritage Foundation are enthusiastic and optimistic about the work that can be accomplished through this collaboration.

A Management Committee for the KHC has been formed which is chaired by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA, and members include Deputy Commissioner Khairpur Mr. Abbas Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), former ruler of Khairpur, Mr. Mehdi and CEO, Heritage Foundation Ar. Yasmeen Lari.

The Khairpur District has an enormous reservoir of heritage sites which are in a poor state of conservation. Coupled with its spectacular heritage of forts and palaces and tombs of sufi saints, along with 19th c. urban architecture it enjoys some unique natural attributes ranging from lush green fields to clusters of towering date palm trees and the silence of the huge Nara (Tharparkar) desert bounded by age old Rohri hills.

This collaborative initiative between Heritage Foundation and Khairpur Administration began functioning on 1st January 2012. Ar. Yasmeen Lari, CEO, Heritage Foundation has been notified as Hon. Project Director and all the work is being carried out under her guidance with support provided by Heritage Foundation in Karachi.

The Centre has been set up to carry out the following tasks:

1. Documentation Unit

  • Scientific Cataloguing and preparation of Condition Survey Reports
  • Identify assets for first amid
  • Identify Assets for immediate Conservation
  • Delineate Heritage Disricts in Khairpur and Kot Diji

2. Conservation Unit

  • Preparation of conservation proposals
  • Preparation of PC-1
  • Identification of experts and artisans
  • Determining first aid mechanisms for historic sites
  • Implementation of conservation works
  • Training programmes for artisans and conservation.

3. Advisory Unit

  • Leaflets and guidelines for conservation
  • Advisory teams for private heritage owners
  • Preparation of drawings and proposals for owners of historic buildings

4. Heritage Training Unit

  • Workshops for professionals (architects, engineers, surveyors)
  • Workshops for administrators, owners of heritage buildings
  • Field training for safeguarding activities for students and youth

5. Vernacular Building Unit

  • Research into use of local materials and construction techniques
  • Promotion of sustainable construction based on traditional methodologies for green buildings

6. Records Archival Unit

  • Identify old maps and records available with government agencies
  • Locate family papers and collections for safeguarding
  • Restore/conserve records
  • Store records etc. in archival boxes

7. Research & Publication Unit

  • Research in libraries and records
  • Carry out online research
  • Develop writeups for heritage assets
  • Prepare leaflets
  • Finalize publications

8. Cultural Tourism Unit

  • Develop cultural and eco-tourism proposals for identified sites
  • Build green construction tourism sites
  • Prepare mementoes
  • Promote local crafts and artisan products
  • Develop museum displays

Reports/Publications

  1. icon Thatta, Bibi Jo Kot Graveyard at Gujjo- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  2. icon Thatta, Building with Two Domes near Civil Hospital-Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  3. icon Thatta, Dabgir Mosque-Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  4. icon Thatta, Darswaryo Graveyard-Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  5. icon Thatta, Graveyard at Shah Hassan- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  6. icon Thatta, Jam Bijar Fort, Mirpur Sakro- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  7. icon Thatta, Jam Tamachi Ji Mari- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  8. icon Thatta, Jamiah Mosque Thatta Town- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  9. icon Thatta, Jhol Mari- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  10. icon Thatta, Jungshahi Graveyard- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  11. icon Thatta, Kafir Kot- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  12. icon Thatta, Muhammad Bin Qasim Mosque at Pir Patho- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  13. icon Thatta, Muqam Qadam Shah- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  14. icon Thatta, Nawab Amir Khan Mosque- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  15. icon Thatta, Old Eid Gah at Qabool Shah Graveyard- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  16. icon Thatta, Pir Patho Graveyard- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  17. icon Thatta, Sasyunjo Takkar, Mirpur Sakro( Banbhore)- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  18. icon Thatta, Pir Patho Graveyard ll- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  19. icon Thatta, Shaikh Turabi Graveyard- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  20. icon Thatta, Sonda Graveyard on Hyederabad-Thatta National Highway- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  21. icon Thatta, Tomb and Mosque of Pir Patho at Pir Patho Graveyard III- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  22. icon Thatta,Tomb at Bibi Jo Kot- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  23. icon Thatta,Tomb of Darswaryo- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  24. icon Thatta, Tomb of Jimma Son of Ubhryo Brahmani at Pir Patho Graveyard- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database
  25. icon Thatta, Tomb of Murshid Jungshahi Baba- Extract from Sindh Heritage Database

Project News

Sep 28, 2015

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Stabilizing the Granaries of Kot Diji; Pictorial Report from January-August

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Sep 28, 2015

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Granaries at Kot Diji Brief Progress Report

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Aug 25, 2014

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Granary at Kot Diji Fort, Khairpur District - Heritage Program Update

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Jul 11, 2012

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Site Report - Stabilization of Tapedar Dera, Kot Diji, Khairpur

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