New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated ‘Dharohar Bhawan’ – the new headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), at 24, Tilak Marg in New Delhi.
Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Secretary Culture, Raghavendra Singh and Director General of ASI Usha Sharma and senior officers of M/o Culture and ASI were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the ASI has performed significant work over the course of last 150 years since its inception. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of taking pride in our history, and in our rich archaeological heritage.
He said that people should take a lead in knowing about local history, and archaeology of their towns, cities and regions. He said lessons in local archaeology could form part of the school syllabus. In this context, he also mentioned the importance of well-trained local tourist guides, who are familiar with the history and heritage of their area.
The Prime Minister said that India should showcase its great heritage with pride and confidence, to the world.
The new headquarters building of ASI has been equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including energy-efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting. It includes a Central Archaeological Library with a collection of about 1.5 lakh books and journals.
The library is a unique and valuable treasure trove in India and the World for those who are keen to undertake research work in the field of Archaeology, Religious and Cultural perspective of India, India’s ancient past and allied subjects.