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


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,
Sri Lanka.

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.


Prof. Dilip K Chakrabarti

Emeritus professor of South Asian Archaeology,
Cambridge University
United Kingdom

“Ancient Heritage Studies ( ancient history, archaeology and monument conservation) in Modern India – a Sociopolitical Perspective”


Emeritus professor of South Asian Archaeology, Cambridge University, Dilip K Chakrabarti (1941) held tenured appointments in the universities of Calcutta ( 1965-77), Delhi ( 1977-1990), Visvabharati(1980-81) and Cambridge( 1990-2008). He held visiting professorship in Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh (1988-90) and scholarships, grants and fellowships  in  Calcutta University, Churchill  College, Wolfson College and Clare Hall in Cambridge, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of Edinburgh University, British Institute of Persian Studies, Tehran,  JDR 3rd Fund New York, Allahabad University, Maison de l’homme, Paris , and Asia Centre , University of New England, Australia. In Cambridge University he is the first person to be promoted to professorship in the field of ancient Indian history and archaeology.