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The Science Branch of the Archaeological Survey of India came into existence in 1917 with the appointment of Mr. Mohammed, an archaeologist. Sanaullah Khan on 29 June 1917 with the major duty of chemical treatment and preservation of museum-exhibits and other antiquities. A laboratory of Archaeological Chemist was established at the Indian Museum, Calcutta. Which was later shifted to Dehradun in 1921-22. With the expansion of the survey, the scope and scope of the activities of the archaeological chemist also increased rapidly, and as the problem of chemical conservation of monuments needed immediate solution, Hence the preservation of monuments soon became an important function of the science branch. To expand the activities of the Science Branch of the Archaeological Survey of India after independence, to adopt manifold protected monuments and study their deteriorating causes, along with their chemical treatment and preservation, Hence the preservation of monuments soon became an important function of the science branch. To expand the activities of the Science Branch of the Archaeological Survey of India after independence, to adopt manifold protected monuments and study their deteriorating causes, along with their chemical treatment and preservation, as well as analytical studies of materials heritage and extensive research works. Increased by leaps and bounds. To improve the status of conservation of monuments.

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

  • They should assure reversibility, that is, if technically possible, use materials that may have the opposite effect.
  • Do not interfere in the future whenever necessary.
  • Does not impede the possibility of later accessing all the evidence included in the object.
  • They must maintain authenticity, that is, allow the maximum amount of existing historical material to be maintained to ensure consistency with original design and workmanship (color, tone, texture, form, and scale).
  • Do not let new additions dominate the original fabric, but honor its archaeological potential, and test their authenticity in design, materials, workmanship or setting, and fulfill their distinctive character and components in terms of cultural landscape.

The main activities of Science Branch which are covered under Principal Education

  • 19 Centrally Protected World Heritage Monuments including 3650 centrally protected monuments about chemical treatment and protection.
  • The Museum’s Chemical Treatment and Conservation has excavated and excavated the objects to develop scientific and technological studies as well as research on the physical heritage of various conservation materials to develop appropriate conservation measures to improve our conservation status Studied the causes of deterioration with visualization. Cultural heritage and material heritage too.
  • Chemical conservation of monuments and heritage sites abroad.
  • Technical assistance to state protected monuments as well as cultural heritage built under the control of trusts in the form of deposit works.
  • To impart training on chemical conservation to the students of Post Graduate Diploma in Archeology from the Institute of Archeology, Red Fort, Delhi.
  • Organizing public awareness programs and workshops / seminars regarding scientific conservation works.

 

Science Branch Offices List

 

A – Headquarter

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Ram Ji Nigam
Director (Science)
Archaeological Survey of India
Puratattva Bhawan,6th Floor
D-Block, INA
New Delhi-110023
Email:- directorscience[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in

 

B – Divisional Offices

1 – Bhubaneshwar Division

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Smt. Shilpa Raturi
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Bhubaneswar Division
2nd Floor, Puratattva Bhawan, Samantarapur
Old town, Bhubaneswar -751002
Email:- sciencebbsr[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0674-2340295/2342991

 

2 – Hyderabad Division

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

 

3 – Indore Division

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Dinesh Kumar Verma
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Indore Division First Floor,
‘A’ Wing,C.G.O. Complex
A.B. Road Indore – 452001
Email:- sacindore[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0731-2495417/2497417

 

C – Zonal Offices

1. Agra Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Bhatnagar
Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Northern Zone Agra
3rd “B” Wing
63/4, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sanjay Palace
Agra – 282002
Email:- sciagr[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0562-2850261/2850216

 

2. Aurangabad Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Shrikant Mishra
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Aurangabad Zone
Western Zone, Padmapani Bhavan
Baba Sahab Ambethkar University Campus
Aurangabad – 431002
Email:- science.aur[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0240-2400059

 

3. CRL, Ajanta

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Dr. S. Vinodh Kumar
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Ajanta Caves, Conservation Research Laboratory
Padmapani Bhavan
Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus
Aurangabad – 431004
Email:- sciaja[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0240-2371771

 

4. Chandigarh Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Dr. Ranjana Pushkar
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Chandigarh Zone
Kendriya Sadan, Sector-9-A
Chandigarh-160009
Email:- scicha[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in

0172-2741622/ 2741672

 

5. Chennai Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri V. Chandrapandian
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Chennai Zone
Clive Building, Opp. to NCC Canteen
Fort St. George, Chennai – 600009
Email:- sciencechennai[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
044-25671712/25672308

 

6. Dehradun Laboratory

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Dr. Siva Sankar Panda
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Dehradun Laboratory
29 Cantt. road, Dehradun- 248001
Email:- scienceddn[-]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0135-2744966/2743108

 

7. Delhi Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Raghu Prakash
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Delhi Zone, 6th Floor,
Puratatva Bhawan, Block-D,
GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi- 110023
Email:- sciencedelhi[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
011-20818878/20818879

 

8. Jaipur Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Hemant Kumar Gupta
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
70/130-132 Patel Marg
Mansarover
Jaipur -302020
Email:- scijai[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0141-2784347/2399177

 

9. Mysore Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri D Ambethkar
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Mysore Zone
Puratatva Bhavan,
Hebbal II Stage, Mysore – 570 017
Email:- sciencemysore[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0821-2303781

 

10. Patna Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Upadhyay
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Science Branch, Patna Zone
Block No. 703, 7th Floor, Loknayak Bhavan
Dak Bangalow Chowck, Fraser Road
Patna – 800001
Email:- scipat[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0612-2213194

 
11. Vadodara Zone

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Hemant Kumar Singh
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
4th Floor, Puratattva Bhawan, Mandvi
Vadodara-390006
Email:- sciencevadodara[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0265-2413055

 
12. Air Pollution Lab, Agra

Name & DesignationPhone No.
Shri Mangay Ram
Dy. Superintending Archaeological Chemist
Archaeological Survey of India
Air Pollution Laboratory
Stone Conservation Laboratory
Military Gate, Agra Fort
Agra – 282001
Email:- dysacapl[dot]asi[at]gov[dot]in
0562-2254105

 

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