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- Indian Culture – salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
10 monuments adopted under the ‘Adopt A Heritage’ project
The ‘Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’, scheme launched on 27th September, 2017.
It is a collaborative effort by Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments and envisages development and maintenance of tourist amenities at heritage sites and making them tourist friendly, to enhance tourism potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner.
Aim of the Project:
The aim of the project is to provide basic amenities that include cleanliness, public conveniences, safe drinking water, ease of access for tourists, signages, illumination, Wi-fi etc.
Funding of the Project:
The project envisages involvement of Private/Public Companies/Organizations and Individuals to adopt Monuments, Natural Heritage Sites and other Tourist Sites, primarily under CSR. No fund is given by Ministry of Tourism.
Archaeological Survey of India has identified 100 monuments as “Adarsh Smarak” for upgradation of existing facilities/amenities like Wi-Fi, cafeteria, interpretation centre, brail signage, modern toilets etc.
|Sl.No.||Name of Monument||State|
|2.||Gandikota Fort||Andhra Pradesh
|3.||Area surrounding Gangotri Temple and Trail to Gaumukh||Uttrakhand|
|4.||Mt. Stok Kangri Trek, Lakakh||Jammu and Kashmir
|9.||Leh Palace, Leh||Jammu & Kashmir|
|10.||Hampi (Hazara Rama Temple)||Karnataka|
Archaeological Survey of India –
Founder: Alexander Cunningham
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.
Prime Objective of ASI:
The prime objective is maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance.
It regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 along with the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
Mains Question: Discuss the mandate, organizational structure and functioning of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).