Introduction of ASI
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the premier institution in India for archaeological research. It is an organization frequently seen in the news for its various activities and discoveries. ASI's function is to “explore, excavate, conserve, preserve and protect the monuments and sites of National & International Importance.”
History of ASI
ASI was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham who also became its first Director-General. The headquarters of the Archaeological Survey of India is located in New Delhi. It was founded in 1871 by Alexander Cunningham.
Current Head of ASI
IAS officer V. Vidyavathi is appointed as the new Director-General of Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) effective from 12th May 2020. She is a 1991 batch Karnataka cadre officer. V. Vidyavathi will be serving in the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
Archaeological Survey of India Activities
The ASI performs and regulates all activities related to archaeological research and excavation in India. It also preserves and maintains historical monuments and sites.
The ASI has specialized wings for its activities such as excavation branches, prehistory branch, building survey project, epigraphy branches, temple survey projects, science branch and an underwater archaeology wing. A dedicated Museums Branch maintains about 50 museums spread across the country.