New Delhi, July 16.

DOC RI is partnering with the Government of India’s day long programme on ‘Art, Culture and Heritage’, which will include participants from the private sector, UNESCO, and civil society organisations. The event will place on July 26 at the Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

The government programme is a platform for facets of Indian society to discuss art, culture, and heritage in innovative ways that extend beyond the contexts within which they are typically addressed. One of the goals of the events is to figure out ways that businesses and corporations can help preserve Indian culture and heritage, namely the maintenance and preservation of Indian historical sites, monuments, and buildings for future generations.

India is the first country to have mandatory corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirements for businesses with a certain level of annual turnover, net profit, and business value. Businesses must contribute at least 2% of their annual net profit to CSR activities through community engagement at the grass roots level, and subsequently report their CSR spending back to the Indian government.

The event will also address potential new policies to include a wider range of businesses in projects that help preserve Indian culture, art, and heritage. Through the discussion DOC RI aims to make CSR initiatives more valued and interconnected with the government’s programmes and policies related to art.

The event is co-organised by public and private organisations that include NTPC, Sonalika Tractors, BIMTEC, Shikhar Organization for Development and UN agencies. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Honourable Minister of Culture, Indian Government will open the programme, and speakers will include Dr. J.S Rajput, India’s representative to UNESCO’s executive board, among others from the private sector, civil society, academia, and think tank world. DOC RI will be represented by Pooran Chandra Pandey, its representative in India.

More about event here.