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PM inaugurates Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology

Date: 11 March 2019 Tags: Architecture

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated new Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. It will provide modern amenities for research scholars and students from India and all over the world.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology

  • It is state-of-the-art archaeology institute under academic wing of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ministry of Culture.
  • It has been built on over 25 acres and is 3-star ultra-modern green building is equipped with all latest technologies.
  • It comprises of an auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 people, an open air theatre and an Archaeological Museum.
  • It will provide students with supportive, enthusiastic and challenging academic atmosphere which enables them to achieve their full potential in field of archaeology.

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • It is premier organization for archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the country.
  • It was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham who also became its first Director-General. It functions under Ministry of Culture and is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Functions: It is mandated to maintain archaeological sites, ancient monuments and remains of national importance.  It regulates all archaeological activities as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It is also mandated to regulate Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.