ASI to unveil 'Adopt a Heritage 2.0' program, Indian Heritage App and e-permission portal

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will launch the "Adopt a Heritage 2.0 Programme," the Indian Heritage App and e-permission portal on September 4, 2023, to preserve India's cultural heritage.

An Overview of the News

  • ASI protects 3696 monuments across India, which showcase the country's rich cultural heritage and contribute to its economic development.

  • ASI aims to enhance and maintain these heritage sites by launching the "Adopt a Heritage 2.0" program on 4th September 2023 at Samvet Auditorium, IGNCA, New Delhi. The revised program invites corporate stakeholders to use their CSR funds to enhance facilities at these monuments.

Program Overview:

  • ASI's "Adopt a Heritage 2.0" program is a reimagined version of a scheme launched in 2017.

  • It clearly outlines the specific features required for various monuments as per the AMASR Act 1958.

  • Corporate Stakeholders A dedicated web portal: www. One can apply for the adoption of any monument or specific features through

  • The portal provides details about monuments available for adoption, gap analysis and estimated financial requirements.

Importance of Cultural Heritage:

  • Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy emphasized the importance of cultural heritage in shaping India's identity.

  • Heritage monuments are not just structures; They represent the history, art and architecture of India.

  • The "Adopt a Heritage 2.0" program encourages corporate stakeholders to participate in preserving these monuments for future generations.

Selection Process:

  • The selection process involves due diligence, discussions with various stakeholders, and assessment of economic and developmental opportunities at each monument.

  • The selected stakeholders will be responsible for developing, providing, and maintaining facilities related to cleanliness, access, safety, and knowledge.

  • Stakeholders adopting heritage sites will be recognized as responsible and heritage-friendly entities.

  • The initial term of appointment will be five years, which is likely to be extended for another five years.

Indian Heritage Mobile App:

  • ASI will launch a user-friendly mobile app called "Indian Heritage" on September 4, 2023.

  • The app will showcase India's heritage monuments, including state-wise descriptions, photographs, a list of public facilities available, geo-tagged locations, and a feedback mechanism for citizens.

  • The launch of the app will be in phases, starting with ticketed monuments in Phase I, followed by the rest of the monuments.

E-Permission Portal:

  • An e-permission portal will also be launched, which will be available at

  • The portal streamlines the process of obtaining permission for photography, filming, and developmental projects at monuments.

  • It aims to remove the operational and logistical hassles associated with obtaining various permissions.

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