'Project Mausam': ASI holds two-day meet

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Under “Project Mausam”, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) organised a two-day event on 7th and 8th October, 2022 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi with an aim to promote future research and broaden our understanding of the subject.

Important facts

  • The "Jaladhipurayatra: Exploring Multi-Cultural Relations among Indian Ocean Rim Countries" conference covered many aspects of maritime exchanges and interactions.

  • The conference was inaugurated by Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs and Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs.

  • A brochure on the objectives and scope of the Mausam project along with a brief outline of India's maritime heritage and a list of World Heritage properties of India was released on the occasion.

  • The conference consisted of a plenary session followed by six academic sessions, each dealing with a particular aspect of India's maritime dialogue.

  • On the second day an interaction session with eminent ambassadors of the Indian Ocean Rim countries was organized, which was presided over by the Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi.

About "Project Mausam" 

  • It was launched by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, at UNESCO's 38th World Heritage Committee Meeting held in Doha, Qatar, in 2014.

  • Its main objective is to conduct archaeological and historical level research in relation to the multi-faceted Indian Ocean in order to uncover the cultural, commercial and religious interrelationships of this diverse region.

  • Presently, the Archaeological Survey of India is in charge of overseeing the project.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • It is the premier organisation for archaeological research and conservation of the nation's cultural heritage.

  • It works under the Ministry of Culture.

  • It manages more than 3650 ancient monuments, archaeological sites and remains of national importance.

  • It was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham. 

  • Alexander Cunningham was the first Director-General of ASI. 

  • He is also known as the “Father of Indian Archaeology”.

  • It is headed by a Director-General and is headquartered in New Delhi.

  • Director General - V. Vidyavathi

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