It was in this city that Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore established Visva-Bharati University a century ago. The organization’s officials have confirmed this information. The announcement was made by the World Organization on Sunday, September 17.
Currently, at the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Saudi Arabia, the decision was made to include Shantiniketan in this list.
Rabindranath Tagore’s father, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, founded Shantiniketan in the Birbhum district of West Bengal in 1901. The word “Shantiniketan” means ‘Abode of Peace’. Originally, it was a residential school and a center of art based on ancient Indian traditions, transcending the boundaries of religion and cultural diversity to promote human unity, as described in UNESCO’s description. In 1921, Shantiniketan was recognized as a world-renowned university for promoting human unity or “Vishwa Bharati.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed joy at Shantiniketan’s inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage list, describing it as a proud moment for all Indians.
Modi stated in a statement, “I am delighted that Shantiniketan, the living symbol of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s vision and India’s rich cultural heritage, has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is a proud moment for all Indians.”