Humanities is an area pertaining to the study of the history, sociology and arts of human civilisation which aims to acquaint its students with the knowledge of evolution of culture, customs and practices. Hence, the best kind of educational trip for a school of humanities and social scienceswould be to a place which showcases a particular cultural heritage from bygone era. Keeping this in mind, the School of Humanities and Social Science (SoHSS) organised an educational trip cum picnic—a Heritage Walk—to Qutub Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park on 1April 2016. The objective of the Walk was to familiarise students with various historical events that marked the commemoration of these heritage sites.
The students and the faculty gathered at the Qutub Minar complex by 10am in the morning from where they began the walk. The Heritage Walk was guided by Gourab Ghosh, faculty of SoHSS, who has been conducting this Heritage Walk for students and enthusiasts for couple of years. The first destination was the Qutub Minar complex where the students came to know about the history of the site along with a sense of the origin of Delhi as a city. After taking time to observe and appreciate the architecture of the beautiful minaret, tombs, walls, around 12.30 pm the group left for the Mehrauli Archaeological Park–the second part of the heritage walk–where the itinerary included touring through the ruins of LalKot, Raja Ki Baoli, various tombs and concludingthe day visiting the beautiful and tranquil tomb of Jamali Kamali.
In a small lunch break between the two legs of the walk, the faculty and the students sat down over a sumptuous lunch brought in by the faculty and the students. Around this potluck-lunch, the students interacted with the faculty at an informal level, outside the usual space of the classroom, and shared their own experiences of visiting places of historical importance and cultural heritage. This kind of Walk is one of the annual programmes that the SoHSS at GDGU organises as part of the teaching pedagogy.