Heritage sites under Archaeological Survey of India


Heritage sites under Archaeological Survey of India 
Mandate of the Archaeological Survey of India covers conservation, preservation and maintenance of all centrally protected monuments/archaeological sites under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 including 506 in Karnataka.  Funds earmarked for this purpose are utilized for preservation and upkeep including development of site. Archaeological Survey of India has provided visitor amenities such as drinking water, toilets, facilities for physically challenged, pathways, signage, parking, cloak rooms, publication counters, etc. are provided besides gardening/landscaping at monuments/sites.


During the Survey conducted from 1.4.2015 to 31.12.2015, 1424 number of sites have been reported.  The State-wise/UT-wise details are given below:-

Statement showing village to village Survey Work conducted by the circles of Archaeological Survey of India during the Year 2015-16
                                                                                   (Upto 31.12.2015)

Sl.
No.
Circle
State
District Surveyed
Total villages surveyed
Number of villages yielding antiquarian remains

1.                  
Agra
Uttar Pradesh
Agra
21
6
2.                  
Aurangabad
Maharashtra
0
0
0
3.                  
Bangalore
Karntaka
Hassan
10
10
4.                  
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
Vidisha, Shivpuri, Ashoknagar,
106
78
5.                  
Bhubaneswar
Odisha
Dhenkanal
29
12
6.                  
Chandigarh
Punjab
Ferozpur, Fazilka
207
21
7.                  
Chennai
Tamil Nadu
Salem, Namakkal
189
74
8.                  
Dehradun
Uttarakhand

0
0
9.                  
Delhi
Delhi

0
0
10.              
Dharwad
Karnataka
Bagalkot, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Dharwad, Kalaburgi
195
185
11.              
Goa
Goa
North Goa
50
50
12.              
Guwahati
Assam

0
0
13.              
Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh

0
0
14.              
Jaipur
Rajasthan
Alwar
4
4
15.              
Jodhpur
Rajasthan

0
0
16.              
Kolkata
West Bengal

0
0
17.              
Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
Amethi
62
24
18.              
Mumbai
Maharashtra
Palgarh
75
20
19.              
Nagpur
Maharashtra

0
0
20.              
Patna
Bihar
Buxer
60
3
21.              
Raipur
Chhattisgarh
Mahasamund
67
10
22.              
Ranchi
Jharkhand
Lohardaga, Ranchi
71
54
23.              
Sarnath
Uttar Pradesh

0
0
24.              
Shimla
Himachal Pradesh
Solan, Kinnaur, Sirmour
209
68
25.              
Srinagar
Jammu & Kashmir

0
0
26.              
Thrissur
Kerala

0
0
27.              
Vadodara
Gujarat
Panchmahal
69
48

28.              
Hampi Mini Circle
Karnataka

0
0
29.              
Leh Mini Circle
Jammu & Kashmir

0
0


TOTAL

1424
667


This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Secretary, M/O Culture Receives ‘Chaitanya Prem Rath’ as Part of Commemoration of 500th Anniversary of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Coming to Vrindavan 


Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture received ‘Shri Chaitanya Prem Rath’ as part of Commemoration of 500th Anniversary of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s coming to Vrindavan amidst chanting of Hare Krishna by a group of devotees followed by Nritya Natika  “Damodar Leela” written by Shri Vilv Mangal in the Auditorium of IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi here today.  Chaitanya Prem Rath and the exhibition will be open for public viewing on the 9th March and till 2.30 p.m. on the 10th March, 2016 after that it will proceed to Vrindavan.

To commemorate the “500th Anniversary of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s coming to Vrindavan”, Vrindavan Research Institute, Vrindavan has been organizing a number of programmes with the financial support of Ministry of Culture. The celebration was marked on 25 November, 2015 on the day of Kartik Purnima, the day of Mahaprabhu’s coming to Vrindavan.  Amongst the programmes chalked out for the year long celebrations, was a programme of a mobile exhibition depicting the life and teachings of Mahaprabhu. 

The mobile exhibition, denominated as ‘Shri Chaitanya Prem Rath’ was therefore flagged off by the District Magistrate of Mathura on 8 February, 2016 to pass through the places, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had come to Vrindavan.  Covering more than 20 such places, Shri Chaitanya Prem Rath has reached Delhi today. 


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Project ‘Mausam’ of M/O Culture aims to explore Multi-Faceted Indian Ocean ‘World’ 

Project ‘Mausam’ is the initiative of Ministry of Culture which is to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies. This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean – extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago. 

It also aims to promote research on themes related to the study of Maritime Routes through international scientific seminars and meeting and by adopting a multidisciplinary approach. It aims to encourage the production of specialized works, as well as publications for the general public with an attempt at promoting a broader understanding of the concept of a common heritage and multiple identities. 

Project ‘Mausam’ is not aimed to counter China’s Silk Route strategy. Instead it focuses on monsoon patterns, cultural context, maritime trade routes and coastal landscapes and examines key processes and phenomena that link different countries along the Indian Ocean littoral as well as those that connect the coastal centers to their hinterlands. 

Project ‘Mausam’ was launched in the 38th Session of World Heritage Committee meeting which was held at Doha, Qatar in June, 2014. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in collaboration with State Govt. of Kerela organized a National Conference on Project ‘Mausam’ in Kochi in November, 2014. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has constituted an Academic Committee and is organizing lecture series. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Schemes of Ministry of Culture for propagating and promoting spirit of Culture among Citizens 

Special policy for Conservation and Promotion of Culture 

The mandate of the Ministry of Culture is to preserve, promote and protect the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the country which it fulfills through its attached, subordinate and autonomous organizations.  Ministry of Culture through its attached office i.e. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is implementing a policy for conservation of centrally protected monuments which stresses upon conservation principles, its approach towards executing preservation, restoration and other works, building craftsmanship in conservation, capacity building, etc. The National Policy of Conservation is being implemented through Archaeological Survey of India’s field offices. 



Ministry of Culture implements a number of schemes for propagating and promoting the spirit of culture among citizens of the country.  Action is taken as envisaged in the scheme.  List of scheme is given below:-


SCHEMES OF MINISTRY OF CULTURE FOR PROPAGATING AND PROMOTING THE SPIRIT OF CULTURE AMONG CITIZENS

1)      Performing arts grants scheme
2)      Scheme guidelines on Financial Assistance to Cultural Organisations with National presence.
3)      Building Grants, including Studio Theater
4)      Scheme for Tagore Cultural Complexes
5)      Artistes Pension Scheme and Welfare Fund
6)      Financial Assistance for Seminars Festivals and Exhibitions on Cultural Subjects by   Not- For-    Profit Organisations (Cultural Functions Grant Scheme) ((
7)      Award of Fellowships to Outstanding Persons in the field of Culture.
8)      Award of Scholarships to Young Artistes in Different Cultural Fields
9)      Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research
10)  Scheme for Financial Assistance for Capacity Building and Training of Museum Professionals
11)   Museum Grant Scheme
12)    Scheme for Financial Assistance for Digitization of Museum Collections.
13)   Guidelines for setting up of Science Cities
14)   Revised Norms for setting up of Science Centres
15)   Grant-in-aid to Voluntary Organizations/Societies for Development  and Maintenance of National Memorials
16)   Grant in-Aid to Voluntary Organisations Organizing Centenaries /  Anniversaries 
17)   Scheme of Financial Assistance for the Development of Buddhist / Tibetan Culture and Art
18)   Scheme of Financial Assistance for the Preservation and Development of Cultural.

        Heritage of the Himalayas
19)   Scheme for Promoting International Cultural Relations
20)   Financial Assistance to Foreign Artists & Cultural Professionals to Study and / or    Learn Indian Culture (Intangible Cultural Heritage) in any form
21)   Financial Assistance for Participation in International and Domestic Book Fairs and

           International Events
22)   Scheme of Grant-in-aid to Indo-Foreign Friendship Cultural Societies as approved by the Standing Finance Committee.
23)   Scheme for “Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Indian Antiquities stolen and sold in Foreign Countries 

Total 101 Antiquities have been stolen from Centrally Protected Monument since 2000. Central Bureau of Investigation has registered one case in connection with Indian antiquities stolen and sold in foreign countries from 2000 to 2016. Further, as per information received from Idol Wing of Tamil Nadu Police, 48 objects have been stolen from various temple in the State which are not in protection of Archaeological Survey of India. As per the records available, seven number of antiquities surfaced in foreign countries. 

As per information received from Consulate General of India, New York, there are 712 art objects seized by US Immigration and Customs Information including objects of Indian origin. 

Whenever any stolen object is surfaced in foreign country, the process of retrieval of the same is taken up through our Missions abroad. Consulate General of India, New York has already taken up the matter with US Immigration and Customs Information. 

Economic Offences Unit-VI of Central Bureau of Investigation deals with offences related to antiquity. Government of Tamil Nadu has also set up Idol Wing –CID for the purpose. 

Ministry of Culture has set up National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities, for documentation of built heritage and antiquities. Till date 15 Lakhs artifacts/antiquities have been documented. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Setting up of Centres of National School of Drama 

On the basis of the recommendations made by the Broad Based Committee for opening up of 5 regional centres across the country, NSD Society proposed to establish 5 regional centres one each at Kolkata, Mumbai/Goa, J&K, North-East beside upgrading the existing Regional Resource Centre (RRC), Bengaluru to a full-fledged regional centre. These regional centres were to be established in consultation with the concerned State Governments, who were required to provide accommodation for the purpose. Only the Government of Karnataka has allotted land for the purpose at Bengaluru. NSD has started one year teaching training programme in the Bengaluru Chapter commencing from academic session 2014-15. In addition, under consolidation of Out-reach Programme in the North-East Region, NSD has opened its Centres in Sikkim and Tripura. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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