Director - Preservation and Community Design
Shikha Jain’s vast experience in cultural heritage of India ranges from steering conservation projects for various state governments to preparing conservation plans funded by international organisations such as the Getty Foundation, World Monuments Fund and advising ASI on World Heritage. Representing India as a Cultural Heritage expert, she steered matters as Member Secretary, Advisory Committee on World Heritage to the Ministry of Culture during India’s term in the World Heritage Committee from 2011-2015.
Education - She is Visiting Faculty for Urban Conservation in the Urban Planning Department of SPA, New Delhi. A panel member of PRASADA, Society of South Asian Studies, UK, she is also the Chief Editor of DRONAH’s refereed Journal ‘Context: Built, Living and Natural’.
Career Background - Shikha Jain is currently steering the Ajmer HRIDAY Project for the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) with DRONAH as a City Anchor for Ajmer-Pushkar. She received National level HUDCO awards for 2 urban conservation projects from Jaipur in 2013 that have also been recognised under Urban Green Growth Best Practices https://www.niua.org/projects/urban-green-growth-strategies-indian-cities. In 2015, the National Institute of Urban Affairs, MoUD documented her work on Heritage Management Plan of Jaipur as Best Practice https://citynet-ap.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/GP-IN4-HERITAGE.pdf
She is the State Convener of INTACH Haryana Chapter and member of National Committees under the Ministry of Culture. She is also the Coordinator for National Scientific Committee ICOFORT, ICOMOS India and Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator for ICOFORT International. She was a consultant to UNESCO, New Delhi for the UNESCO-MoUD Cultural Heritage Toolkit under MoUD’s Urban Renewal Mission.
Director - Conservation
Dr. Ajay Khare is a conservation architect and Director, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (Established by MHRD, Govt. of India). He has a number of successful conservation projects in Rajasthan to his credit. He has been actively involved in organising conferences on Heritage, has given special lectures and Radio talks on conservation. He has written several articles on conservation in national and international journals. He is the author of ‘Temple Architecture of Eastern India’ (Shubhi, 2005).
EducationPh.D.Architecture, PRASADA, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K., MA in Conservation Studies, University of York, U.K. 1995, Master of Architecture. (Architectural Conservation), Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. 1992
Career BackgroundBesides his current position Director, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal (Established by MHRD, Govt. of India), he has served as a Reader in Heritage Management at Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management. He has been the Director of KHAM, an Architectural and Conservation consultancy firm started by him at Jaipur. He worked as a Conservation Consultant for Jaisalmer Administration in Rajasthan.