New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India has fast-tracked efforts to make a resubmission by the end of this year to UNESCO for declaring Shantiniketan, the abode of Rabindranath Tagore, as a World Heritage Site.

The living legacy of the Nobel Laureate was one of India's official entry this year for UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, but did not find a place in the final list.

After the failure, the Culture Ministry in coordination with the West Bengal Government has been working on strengthening of the system to look after the sprawling university as mandated by the UNESCO.

Though there are still issues to be resolved on the current system, which has more than one authority entrusted with looking after the Shantiniketan, ASI officials said they are hopeful that the revision report will be ready on time.

The UNESCO rules demand that any World Heritage Site should have a "unity of command."

The officials said the work has been expedited and the resubmission of the nomination will be done by December so that if all goes well, the university will be declared a World Heritage Site in July, 2012 when the UNESCO meets in Paris.

It would be a fitting tribute if the living legacy of one of the greatest poet of the 20th century is declared a World Heritage Site as his 150th birth anniversary is being observed by India and Bangladesh now.

If selected, Shantiniketan will be West Bengal's third World Heritage Site after Darjeeling mountain railways and Sundarbans National Park.

(Agencies)