8 archaeologiststo be feted today

PATNA: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to organize year-long national-level celebrations throughout the country to mark the occasion of its 150th anniversary. The national-level function was inaugurated in Delhi on January 20 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The regional centres of ASI are also celebrating the anniversary. ASI, Patna circle, is organizing its inaugural function here at the AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies on Saturday.

Bihar governor Devanand Konwar will inaugurate the function. Culture minister Sukhda Pandey would be the guest of honour. On this occasion, eight eminent archaeologists, including B S Verma, B K Sharan, B Nath, D P Sinha, B S Jha, S K Chaudhary, R K Sinha and A N Roy will be felicitated for their valuable contribution in the field of archaeology.

A ‘special cover’ designed with centrally protected monuments under the jurisdiction of ASI, Patna Circle, and a brochure on ‘Vaishali revealing the past’ will be released on this occasion. The official website of the excavation branch-III, Patna of ASI will be launched on this occasion. tnn

The superintending archaeologist, ASI, Patna circle, S K Manjul, said the CGM, India Post, Bihar, Uday Krishna, and the joint DG, ASI, C Dorje, would be present on this occasion.

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