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Science Branch

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The Science Branch of Archaeological Survey of India came into being in 1917 with the appointment of an Archaeological Chemist Mr. Mohd. Sanaullah Khan on 29th June 1917 with the principal duty of chemical treatment and preservation of museum-exhibits and other antiquities. A laboratory of Archaeological Chemist was established in the Indian Museum, Calcutta which was later shifted to Dehradun in 1921-22. With the expansion of the Survey, the scope and sphere of the activities of Archaeological Chemist also increased rapidly, and since the problem of chemical conservation of monuments required urgent solutions, the preservation of monuments soon became an important function of the Science Branch. After independence the activities of the Science branch of the Archaeological Survey of India expanded manifold due to adoption of centrally protected monuments and their chemical treatment and preservation as well as analytical studies of material heritage and comprehensive research work to study the causes of deterioration with a view to improve the state of the preservation of monuments.

The treatment strategies for cultural heritage are conceived according to the following principles:

  • They must assure reversibility, i.e. if technically possible, use materials whose effect can be reversed.
  • Not prejudice a future intervention whenever one may become necessary.
  • Not hinder the possibility of later access to all evidence incorporated in the object.
  • They must maintain authenticity, i.e. allow the maximum amount of existing historical material to be retained ensure harmony with original design and workmanship (in colour, tone, texture, form and scale).
  • Do not allow new additions to dominate over the original fabric, but respect its archaeological potential, and meet the test of authenticity in design, material, workmanship or setting and in the case of cultural landscape their distinctive character and components.

The main activities of the Science Branch that fall under head CHEMICAL PRESERVATION

  • Chemical treatment and preservation of about 3650 centrally protected monuments including 19 centrally protected world heritage monuments.
  • Chemical treatment and preservation of museum exhibits and excavated objects Scientific and technical studies as well as research on material heritage of different building material to study the causes of deterioration with a view to evolve appropriate conservation measures in order to improve the state of preservation of our built cultural heritage and physical heritage as well.
  • Chemical conservation of monuments and heritage sites abroad.
  • Technical assistance to state protected monuments as well as built cultural heritage under the control of trusts in the form of deposit works.
  • To impart training on chemical conservation to the students of Post Graduated Diploma in Archaeology, from Institute of Archaeology, Red Fort, Delhi.
  • To organize public awareness programme and workshops/seminars with regard to scientific conservation works.

 

List of Offices Functioning Under the Science Branch

 

A – HEAD QUARTERS OFFICE & LABORATORIES

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri Ram Ji Nigam
Director (Science)
Archaeological Survey of India
29, New Cantt. Road
Dehradun- 248001
Email : directorscience[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No.: 0135-2744966/2743108/2744532

 

B – Divisional Offices of Science Branch

1 – Bhubaneswar Division

Name/EmailPhone No.
Smt. Shilpa Raturi
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India,
Science Branch Bhubaneswar Division
2nd floor Puratatva Bhawan Samanantapur
Old Town
Bhubaneswar-751002
Email : sciencebbsr[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0674-2340295/2342991

 

2 – Hyderabad Division

Name/EmailPhone No.
Dr. Rajeswari Lakshmi
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Hyderabad Division, Room.No. 803
8th Floor, C.G.O Towers,Kavadiguda,
Secunderabad Hyderabad -500080
Email : scihyd[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 040-27534151/27531291

 

3 – Indore Division

Name/EmailPhone No.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Bhatnagar
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Indore Division
CGO Complex, First Floor, ‘A’ Block
A.B. Road
Indore-452001
Email : sacindore[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No.: 0731-2495417/2497417

 

C – Zonal OFFICES OF SCIENCE BRANCH

1. Northern Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Bhatnagar
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, 3rd B-Wing, 63/4, Kendralaya
Sanjay Place
Agra-282002
Email : sciagr[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0562-2850216/2850261

 

2. Conservation Research Laboratory

Name/EmailPhone No.
Dr. Sujith M P
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India,
Science Branch, Conservation Research Laboratory Ajanta Caves,
Near Dept. of Education
BAMU Campus
Aurangabad-431002
Email : sciaja[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0240-2371771
Tele No. : 02438-244234

 

3.Western Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri Srikant Misra
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India, Western Zone (Science Branch)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus(Near SAI COMPLEX),
Aurangabad-431004
Maharasthra
Email : science[dot]aur[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No.: 0240-2400059

4. Chandigarh Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri Dinesh Kumar Verma
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Chandigarh Zone, Kendriya Sadan
Ground Floor, Room No. 24 Sector 9-A
Chandigarh-160009
Email : scicha[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No.: 0172-2741622/2741672

 

5. Chennai Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri V.Chandrapandian
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch
Clive Building, Opposite N.C.C. Canteen
Fort St. George
Chennai-600009
Email : sciencechennai[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No.: 044-25672308/25671712

 

6. Delhi Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri Raghu Prakash
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Delhi Zone
Pt. DDU Institute of Archaeology,
Plot No.2, Knowledge Park – II,
Greater Noida – 201310 (UP)
Email : sciencedelhi[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0120-2333100

 

7. Jaipur Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri Hemant Kumar Gupta
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Jaipur Zone
70/130-132 Patel Marg. Mansarover
Jaipur-302020
Email : scijai[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0141-2784347/2399177

 

8.Mysore Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri D. Ambethaker
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Mysore Zone
2nd Floor Puratatva Bhavan
Near Sankranti Circle
4th Main Hebbal IInd stage
Mysore-570017
Email : sciencemysore[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0821-2303781

 

9. Patna Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Upadhyay
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Patna Zone
Block No.703, 7th Floor
Loknayaka Bungalow, Chowk
Patna-800001
Email : scipat[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0612-2213194

 

10. Vadodara Zone

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri. Hemant Kumar Singh
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Vadodara Zone
4th Floor, “Puratatva Bhawan”
Near Central Library, Mandvi
Vadodara-390006
Email : sciencevadodara[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0265-2413055

11. Air Pollution Laboratory

Name/EmailPhone No.
Shri Mangay Ram
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch
Air Pollution Laboratory &
Stone Conservation Laboratory
Inside Military Gate, Agra Fort
Agra-282001
Email : dysacapl[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
Tele No. : 0562-2254105/2333281
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