Kolkata: The picturesque Santiniketan town in West Bengal where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore established the Visva-Bharati University, has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“New inscription on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Santiniketan, #India. Congratulations!” the organisation posted on X, on Sunday.
India was striving for the UNESCO Heritage Site tag for Shantineketan for a long.
The 45th session of the World Heritage Committee underway in Saudi Arabia decided to include Santiniketan in the list.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it a proud moment for all Indians. “Delighted that Santiniketan, an embodiment of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s vision and India’s rich cultural heritage, has been inscribed on the @UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a proud moment for all Indians,” PM Modi posted on X.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, also welcomed UNESCO’s decision saying on X, “Biswa Bangla’s pride, Santiniketan was nurtured by the poet and has been supported by people of Bengal over the generations. We from the Government of West Bengal have significantly added to its infrastructure in 12 years and the world now recognizes the glory… Kudos to all who love Bengal, Tagore, and his messages of fraternity…,”