Prof. Vasant Shinde

Vice-Chancellor of Deccan College


” Relevance of the Study of Ancient Heritage to the Contemporary Society: A Case Study from India “.


Prof. Vasant Shinde, presently Vice-Chancellor of Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune is a world renowned archaeologist and one of the foremost scholars in South Asia.

He obtained his B.A. in History from the University of Poona, and a Master’s Degree (First Class) in Archaeology from Deccan College, Deemed University. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Protohistoric Archaeology on Early Settlements in Central Tapi Basin from the same University.


Dr. Siran Upendra Deraniyagala
Former Director-General of Archaeology
Sri Lanka

Speech Title: ” The Antecedents of Sri Lanka’s Historical Heritage ”

Dr. Siran Upendra Deraniyagala was former Director-General of Archaeology, Sri Lanka.   Deraniyagala received his degree in Architecture and Sanskrit (BA Cambridge 1963; MA Cambridge 1966) and went on to postgraduate studies in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, London (now University College London), in which he passed with distinction and was awarded the Gordon Childe Prize (as one of two best all-round students of the year from among all fields of archaeology).


Guest Speaker 


Dr. K.N. Dikshit

The Indian Archaeological Society 

speech title: ” Mansooon and Urbanization in South Asia ”



Kailash Nath Dikshit is an archaeologist, author and editor of numerous works on India’s civilisation and the organiser and director of archaeological expeditions. Born in 1936, he took his primary education to M.A. degree in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology from Lucknow University and completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from Archaeological Survey of India (1960-62). Dikshit joined Archaeological Survey of India in 1957 and rose to become its Joint Director General by serving in different positions from 1957 to 1994. He has travelled widely and bestowed with many awards and is still organising the archaeological activities for the Indian Archaeological Society in different parts of the country from north to south and east to west. In the last 20 years he is devoting his time on the India’s earliest civilization – Saraswati Civilization and has pushed back its antiquity to the middle of the 8th millennium BC from the excavations carried out at Bhirrana, Kunal, Rakhigarhi, Girwad and other important sites in India and Pakistan and is of opinion that Haryana is the cradle of Indian Civilization.

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