Projects: Department of Liberal Arts

Heritage Appreciation of Barsur: Perspectives on History, Architecture and Tourism

Funding Agency: Chhattisgarh State Planning Commission

Duration: December 2022 to May 2023

Principal Investigator: Dr Anubhav Pradhan

Co-Principal Investigator: Smt Shivi Joshi (Dharohar Sanrakshan Samiti)

This project studied the built heritage of Barsur—a historic settlement in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh—to understand its spatial and cultural continuity with reference to its historic architectural expressions. Notable in archaeological and oral records as a city of 147 ponds and temples, Barsur was the capital of the Chhindak Nagavanshis from the eleventh to the thirteenth century CE. The project documented select sites of architectural and cultural significance in the settlement and studied the typology and style of Barsur’s built heritage. It sought to understand the interdependencies between this rich monumental heritage and the settlement’s current social and economic profile as well as the challenges faced by stakeholders on ground in the upkeep of these sites.


Shri Sarang Barbarwar

Research Assistant:
Ms Divya Chand

Ms Divya Chand

Augmenting livelihoods through GI: A case study on Chhattisgarh

Funding Agency: IIT Bhilai Innovation and Technology Foundation

Duration: April 2023 to March 2025

Principal Investigators: Dr Anubhav Pradhan, Dr Sonal Jha, Dr Anindita Ghosh, Dr Souradyuti Paul

The ninth largest state in India by landmass, Chhattisgarh is known for its fertile soil, assortment of bioregions, manifold mineral resources, and a storied heritage of arts and crafts rooted in the traditions and customs of its indigenous people. However, so far only five products and one logo have received GI tag in the state: this indicates a lacuna which must be addressed with rigorous, grassroots examination of the agricultural, natural, manufactured, handicraft, food stuff, and industrial products in the state whose GI tagging may benefit the communities involved in their manufacture. This project aims to identify products in Chhattisgarh across all defined categories which may benefit from a GI tag. It aims to examine the existing status of GI in Chhattisgarh from a livelihood perspective. It also aims to propose technology interventions to make manufacture and dissemination of GI tag products more efficient

Project Assistant:
Smt Ambika Basant

Smt Ambika Basant

Impact Assessment of Smart Cities Mission

Funding Agency: Government of India, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (Smart Cities Mission)

Principal Investigators: Dr Jose Immanuel and Dr Anindita Ghosh

Message From Director

I am pleased to extend my greetings to students and their parents as well as colleagues near and far. IIT Bhilai was established on 7 August 2016. We are located in Chhattisgarh, the rice bowl of India, in a state rich in natural resources as well as cultural memory and heritage. Read More


Subscribe to our Newsletter and stay tuned.