Guyanese student Mr. Tejyas Dasa Singh, studying in India at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) in Mumbai under the ICCR Scholarship for his master in Engineering Degree, has been selected for a fully-funded UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals Forum to be hosted by the Ministry of Culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between September 2nd to 13th, 2023.
Mr. Tejyas Dasa Singh, an M. Tech student has been working continuously for the last year on heritage conservation and preservation via consolidative treatments, compatibility and performance of these treatments on various types of heritage construction materials such as fired clay brick and stone samples were also assessed. His work could guide decision-makers in charge of preserving structures, more so heritage structures, and those who wish to use consolidants to make the proper selection of consolidative treatments based on the severity of the deterioration, property of the materials, and what is required to be done.
In June 2023 Mr. Singh’s paper, currently under review with a reputable journal, was recognized and accepted by the IABSE International Conference in New Delhi for a presentation, in September 2023. Now it has been selected for the UNESCO Forum. Mr. Singh has conveyed that he will be proudly representing Guyana at the forum and will be giving a presentation on Guyana’s own local natural heritage: the Kaieteur National Park, which he believes deserves to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the future.
During a telephonic interaction with the High Commissioner of India to Guyana, Dr. KJ Srinivasa, he expressed gratitude to the High Commission, IIT Bombay, and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) for the opportunity to study and conduct research at one of the world’s most prestigious institutions and for the recognition of his achievement by IIT Bombay and the UNESCO Forum. High Commissioner, Dr. KJ Srinivasa congratulated Mr. Singh and urged him to keep the Guyana flag flying high and also to represent the land of his ancestors- India at the Forum.