The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, will establish a centre for research and development (R&D) on archaeology with a view to facilitate protection of the national heritage.
IIT-Gandhinagar would join hands with other institutes like Pune’s Deccan College, Chennai-based Sharma Centre for Heritage Education and MS University, amongst others to develop synergy on R&D, and to offer a national facility eventually for conducting cutting edge research in the arena.
“A lot of new science and technology has come, which has changed the way archaeology is being practised. We think we can offer a continum approach right from basic archaeology all the way to science and technology,” IIT-Gandhinagar Director Prof Sudhir Jain told PTI.
“A small initiative has been taken to establish an R&D centre on archaeology here, in this direction. We shall be working in coordination with other varsities and institutes,” he said, adding, that it is important to protect our past.
IIT-Gandhinagar will collaborate with these institutes in the next few months, for which preliminary work has already begun.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Mysore, has a branch that works on deciphering text or languages discovered from ancient sites called-Epigraphy.
In a bid to revive archaeological practices by providing a technological interface, IIT-Gandhinagar has proposed to start offering few post doctoral fellowships to archaeologists and commence a minor programme on Archaeology from the next academic session.