30 November 2016
150th Anniversary of the Archaeological Survey of India 20.12.2011
The task of protecting the cultural heritage of the nation has been entrusted to theArchaeological Survey of India (ASI), an organization functioning under the Department of Culture of the Government of India. Activities of the ASI include archaeological research, scientific analysis, excavation of archaeological sites, conservation of protected monuments and areas of national importance, maintenance of the museums and regulation of legislation related to antiquities and art treasures.
The Archaeological Survey of India completed 150 years of its existence. To commemorate the Sesquicentennial anniversary of ASI a set of commemorative postage stamps were released on 20th December, 2011 by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. These stamps depict excavated structures and artefacts retrieved at Dholavira, the largest and very significant Harappan site in India.