The event is scheduled to be held at the Dimapur Campus of the university at Sodzulhou village located at 7th Mile, Dimapur on February 5 and 6.

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 29 (MExN): The Global Open University Nagaland (TGOUN) in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi and the Society for Cultural Heritage for North East India is hosting a 2 Day National Seminar and Photographic Exhibition on Eastern Himalayan Domestic Architecture in India’s North East.


A concept note for the seminar said that the distinctive features of the region have imparted to this region a unique identity, which has still to be evaluated in the pan-Indian context. In this context, the domestic architecture   of this region calls for particular attention.
The domestic architecture evolved through time immemorial by the people of this region is vividly reflected in multiform house patterns and planning concepts, conditioned by the quintessential traditions, customs, beliefs, and practices, it stated. The prevailing geophysical and climatic conditions have played pivotal role in the choice of material, structural parameters and the selection of site for constructing dwelling units.
Scholars participating in the seminar will be presenting papers to cover different aspects of domestic architecture in the eastern Himalayan region, covering the states of Sikkim, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Assam and Mizoram and Darjeeling in the pan-Indian context.  In the seminar, different factors responsible for the development of locality-specific distinctive form of architecture will be thoroughly probed in the geophysical and socio-cultural contexts to bring out characteristic features of the local architectural peculiarities.
The broad topics to be covered in the seminar include: History, Science and Technology of Domestic Architecture of Himalayan region; Building materials and house types: secular and religious buildings; Religious, cultural and traditional beliefs system related to the construction of house; Geographical, climatic and security considerations for houses; Features of domestic architecture of the Himalayan region; Astrological and totemic considerations; Housing patterns, impact of the social stratification in location and architecture; Community life and village layout pattern; Lay out and planning of houses; Traditional crafts and their relevance to architecture; and Domestic architecture and its impact on environment.