The year-long celebrations for ASI's 150th year anniversary will kick-off with an exhibition, Rediscovering India, which will highlight the achievements of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The ASI, which completes 150 years in December this year, plans to showcase its achievements including excavations, popular monuments and successful conservation projects carried out from 1961 till 2011. The organisation had held a similar exhibition in Delhi in 1961, when it completed 100 years.
The main inaugural function will be held in the last week of December in Delhi.
Before that, on December 1, a modest function will be organised for the foundation stone laying ceremony of ASI's headquarter building on Tilak Marg.
The custodian of India's built heritage takes care of 3,675 heritage monuments and archaeological sites across the country, including 174 in Delhi.
Sources said that a national level committee had been holding weekly meetings to plan the celebrations, which will feature three international seminars in Delhi and five regional level seminars across India. Besides this, various circle offices across the country will also hold exhibitions during the yearlong celebrations.
"The international seminar will be held on the themes of Archaeology of Buddhism in Asia, Agro-Pastoral Communities and Indo-Islamic Architecture," said Dr BR Mani, spokesperson, ASI.