Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology
12, Mar 2019
Prelims level : Mains level :
GS 1: Art and Culture
Why in News?
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the new Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
- On the occasion, he also unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus and visited the Deendayal Museum in the Institute campus.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology:
- Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology is a state-of-the-art institution spread over 25 acres and built at an estimated cost of Rs. 289 crore.
- The Institute comprises of an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1000 people, an open-air theatre and an Archaeological Museum.
- The Institute is an academic wing of the Archeological Survey of India under the Ministry of Culture.
- The Institute provides students with the necessary supportive, enthusiastic and challenging academic atmosphere which enables them to achieve their full potential in the field of Archaeology.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI):
- Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage in India.
- The genesis of systematic archaeological pursuits in India can be traced to the efforts of Sir William Jones, who put together a group of antiquarians to form the Asiatic Society on 15th January 1784 in Calcutta.
- The first legislative attempt to make the government intervene in case of risks to monuments was through Bengal Regulation XIX of 1810.
- ASI regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.