Warangal has joined the Unesco network of learning cities.
WARANGAL: Warangal has been accepted into the Unesco Global Network of Learning Cities. This is the second World Heritage Site designation by Unesco in the previous year, following the Ramappa Temple in the former Warangal district.
G Kishan Reddy, Union Culture and Tourism Minister commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ongoing efforts to gain worldwide recognition and highlight India’s rich cultural history. G Sudha Rani, the mayor, stated: “Learning is a financial investment. We feel our city’s objective for inclusive and sustainable growth is consistent with this philosophy.”
The selection criteria established by Unesco focused on knowledge exchange, stakeholder involvement, and the development of inclusive and green urban infrastructure via ‘lifelong learning mechanisms.
Officials stated that state programmes such as Pattana Pragathi, Mission For Elimination Of Poverty In Municipal Areas (MEPMA), and ultimately, green and sustainable development through the ‘Telangana Ku Haritha Haaram’ programme had assured enabling elements for ‘lifelong learning.’
Among its 200 members, the GNLC encourages policy discourse, peer learning, and cooperation. Warangal will receive assistance in becoming a learning city as a Unesco GNLC member. In August 2021, applications were invited.