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ASI celebrates 150 anniversary

ASI celebrates 150 anniversary
January 29, 2012

Archaeological Survey of India completed its 150 years in 2011.  To mark the significant of role of Bihar in adding value to the Archaeological records of India, the Patna Circle of ASI has organized an opening function at A.N.Sinha Institute on Saturday. Governor of Bihar Debanand Konwar inaugurated the function in the state Capital in the presence of Minister of Art, Culture and Youth, Govt. of Bihar, Dr. Sukhda Pandey and Joint Director General of ASI C.Dorje. Also present were Post Master General of India, Uday Krishnan and Supritending Archaeologist of Patna Circle, S.K.Manjul. A special brochure cover designed with centrally protected monuments under jurisdiction of Patna Circle has been released on the occasion by the Governor. A brouchure on “Vaishali revealing the Past” and an official website of Excavation Branch-III, Patna of ASI has also been launched. Marking it as coincidence the Governor says that he is pleased to see the ASI and the govt. of Bihar is hand-in-hand in celebrating their 150th and 100th years respectively adding values to one another. The governor stressed the need to recognize the roots as human being and says ASI helps to find roots. He focused light on paali and mourmoun histories and appreciated the efforts of eminent British archaeologist who deciphers some complex language of those ancient times. He also thanked the Khuda Baksh Oriental Library as its contribution was selected by the UNESCO to preserve. A few eminent Archaeologists (both serving and retired) were felicitated for their valuable contribution to the Dept. of Archaeology. Dr. B.S.Verma, former director of ASI, Dr. B.K.Saran and Dr. D.P.Sinha are few names among those honored by the Governor at the function. S.K.Manjul, the Supritending Archaeologist of Patna Circle informed the media and others that at present, there are 71 sites in Bihar under the purview of ASI, and more work is going on most of them. Citing her recent tours to Balrajgarh and Nandangarh the Minister, Dr. Sukhda Pandey, requested the ASI to expand its work area as there are too much beneath earth of Bihar as it being the a historical place from the time of Buddha and so. “The Magadh Dynasty was too much expanded and after visiting some interiors I do believer there are too much regarding our roots”. She also talked about CM’s Nitish kumar recent visit to Kutumbagarh in Aurangabad district, a historical area where relics from Buddha and Mahavir eras have been found where the Chief Minister spent nearly an hour brainstorming with the district officials to gather ideas about putting the region on the tourism map of Bihar during his Seva Yatra. The govt. of Bihar will formally request to you ASI people. Moreover I do personally attract your attention that you need to expand your search, excavation and preservation work”, she said.