Vice chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) Dr Vijay Pandharipande inaugurated a six-day international workshop on 'Water and Sacred Spaces: A Case Study of Ellora-Khuldabad-Daultabad Historic Region,' at Ellora on Monday.
The workshop is being hosted by the South Asia Institute of University of Heidelberg, in collaboration of the Indian Council of Historical Research and the German Research Foundation, from February 18 to 23. In his opening remarks of the inaugural session, Dr Vijay Pandharipande said there is a need for a collaboration between academic faculties and social organisations to address the issues of protecting nature and clean environment.
He emphasised the need for an interdisciplinary research involving Department of Archeology, History, Geography, Geology, Sociology, Survey of India, Tourism etc. Dr Pandharipande also promised cooperation from Bamu for this activity of futuristic importance. "There is a need to protect our historical culture and nature and learn from the rich heritage of India," he added.Deputy chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Cord Meier-Klodt delivered a keynote address.
Ex-head of the History Department of Bamu Dr R S Morwanchikar explained the historical importance of Ellora, Khuldabad and Daultabad. Convener Dr Geeta Dharmapal-Frick, Dr Yaaminey Mubay, Dr Dulari Qureshi and others were present.