MYSORE: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a pioneering subordinate office under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, which is rendering yeoman service in preserving cultural heritage for posterity, is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
ASI Director T S Ravishankar (in-charge, Epigraphy Department) said the Directorate of Epigraphy, Superintending Archaeologist (Excavation Branch VI), Deputy Superintending Horticulturist, Deputy Superintending Archaeological Chemist and the Senior Conservation Assistant offices housed at Puratatva Bhavan in Hebbal Second Stage in the city are celebrating the occasion on Panchavati Campus of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) on February 13.
The Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas will be the chief guest. The Directorate of Epigraphy, Mysore, with its two zonal offices located in Chennai and Lucknow is engaged in copying, deciphering, editing and publishing the texts.
The office has collected more than 74,000 inscriptions of different scripts and languages from around the country.
Ravishankar said as a part of the cultural awareness programme, a photo exhibition of inscriptions has been organised.