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India is an ancient country with a rich heritage. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a non governmental organisation, founded in 1984, to protect and conserve India's vast natural and cultural heritage. It was set up as a nationwide organisation with Sri Rajiv Gandhi as its first Chairman. Since it's inception INTACH has been actively engaged in the conservation of the country's heritage.

INTACH endeavors to preserve and protect the heritage of our country and is aimed at today's young Indians to make them proud of being successors to such rich traditions, customs, festivals and art forms together with a vast architectural heritage created by our forefathers centuries ago.  Students are the key to this wonderful movement which is gaining in popularity with them.

INTACH has a network of approximately 150 Chapters all over the country and is responsible for taking up prestigious, country- wide, restoration and documentation projects.

The Visakhapatnam Chapter of INTACH is headed by the District Collector as its convener and has eminent personalities from various walks of life as patrons and life members.

INTACH Visakhapatnam Chapter has been active since Year 2000 and has conducted many programmes, some of which are listed below:

a First Heritage Walk of Visakhapatnam on 27th September 2001
b World Heritage Day Celebrations on 18th April every year starting from 2002.
c Heritage Building Restoration projects: Kurupam Rani Monument, Bhimli Choultry Restoration, St. Peters Church in Bhimli, 
d Fight for protection of Heritage Buildings like Residence of Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan, Visakha Museum, Circuit House, Collector's Office.
e Documentation of Heritage Buildings of Visakhapatnam district.
f Heritage Awards to educational institutes, individuals and the best maintained heritage building
g Reconstitution of Heritage Conservation Committee of VUDA

As part of its efforts to spread awareness about the heritage of our country amongst youth and to generate interest and a sense of responsibility, INTACH is working with schools and colleges all over the country.

It is widely felt that young children of school age should be sensitised to all aspects of our cultural heritage to create a future generation that is sensitive and informed.  Teachers are well skilled in formulating the necessary creative and informative programmes and activities to achieve these objectives.

We at INTACH Visakhapatnam Chapter, propose to start heritage related activities in the Schools and Colleges of Visakhapatnam and make all students aware of our country's rich cultural heritage.


Heritage Clubs in Schools and Colleges:
The school initiative was launched on the 22 of September, 2005 by the programme co-ordinator, Mrs. Rani Sharma. To date six schools have started heritage clubs and conducted many activities.

The list of the schools with Heritage Clubs:
Visakha Valley School - Jagruti
Timpany School (ICSC) - Sanskriti 
Olivet School - 
Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar - Shreyas
Timpany School (CBSE) - Maurya
DAV School (Steel Plant) - Aryan
Olivet School Session Orientation Session at Hawa Mahal Heritage walk by Timpany School
Olivet School Session Orientation Session at
Hawa Mahal
Heritage walk by
Timpany School