About Archaeological Survey of India
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)under the Ministry of Culture was established
in 1861 is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection
of the cultural heritage of the nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological
sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. Besides
it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of
the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It also regulates
Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
The organization has a large work force of trained archaeologists, conservators,
epigraphist, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological research projects
through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches, Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy
Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey
Projects and Underwater Archaeology Wing.
The ASI has its own head designated as Director General. Two Additional Director
General, two Joint Director General and 17 Directors assist the Director General.
For the administrative convenience the entire country is divided into 5 Regional
Directorates- North, west, Central, East and South and further in 24 Circles. Each
Circle is headed by a Superintending Archaeologist (S.A.), who is further assisted
by Deputy Superintending Archaeologist (Dy.S.A.), Deputy Superintending Archaeological
Engineer (Dy.S.A.E.), Assistant Superintending Archaeologist (A.S.A.), Assistant
Superintending Archaeological Engineer (A.S.A.E.), Assistant Archaeologists (A.A.)
and Conservation Assistants (C.A.).
For conducting specialised archaeological researches there are also 6 Excavation
Branches, 1 Prehistory Branch, 1 Building Survey Project, 2 Temple Survey Projects,
2 Epigraphy Branches, 1 Science Branch and Underwater Archaeology Wing in the Archaeological
Survey of India.