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
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).
Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne
Emeritus Professor. University of Peradeniya,
Professor Sudharshan Seneviratne was former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India. He had his primary and secondary education at Ananda College Colombo. He lived in India for 10 years, his second home, and completed the BA (History Hon.) degree at Delhi University (1973). He was also the first Sri Lankan to receive, both, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.