The Heritage Cell is located in the Department of Architecture at Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University. The objective of the Cell is to provide the guidance for the conservation and restoration of Heritage buildings and sites in the Campus. The Heritage Cell was established with a cause to restore the legacy of Aligarh Muslim University which is prevailing in the form of Heritage Buildings and sites. The Cell was developed with a meticulous efforts of the Convener, Dr. Mohammad Farhan Fazli under the Chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah on 1st June 2013 and passed in the Special meeting of Executive Council held on 10th June 2013.
The Convener Heritage Cell visited University of Oxford as "Visiting Research Assistant" in year 2014 on the invitation of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to understand the "Conservation Strategies in the European Countries".
The cell is organizing workshops and training programs to provide awareness about the rich cultural heritage of the campus.
In this light the first workshop on "Revival of Traditional Techniques and Materials" was organized by the Cell in collaboration with Hobbies Workshop, General Education Centre, AMU in the year 2014.This workshop was intended to revive the past glory by resorting the traditional techniques like arches & dome construction and materials like lime mortar & lime plaster to be used in conserving the invaluable heritage of the campus.
In the year 2015, the Heritage Cell in collaboration with Centre for Excellence in Islamic Architecture, Department of Architecture has organized a Short Term Training Programme on "Traditional & Modern Materials and Techniques of Faťade Adornment in Islamic Structures". It was the first initiative of Aligarh Muslim University to revive the traditional materials and techniques of faťade treatment and to sensitize the people and provide awareness to restore the incredible heritage of Aligarh Muslim University.
In Feb. 2016 the Cell has started its first Conservation project "Restoration of Jama Masjid of Aligarh Muslim University". The project involves the cleaning of Araish plaster & consolidation of damaged Araish work, removal & repainting of floral gold imitation, repainting of Calligraphic inscriptions, removal of paint and polishing of doors & windows, reinstallation of glass in doors and windows and replacement of electrical fittings & fixtures in the interiors of the mosque. In the exterior waterproofing from the roof top, cleaning of Sand stone, consolidation of damaged stone, removal of paint & repointing of exposed brick work, repair of inlayed Calligraphy on Central Pishtaq and Installation of foldable Umbrella in courtyard of the Mosque are the works to be carried. The restoration work is in progress and the tentative date of completion of the project is Feb 2017.