The proposed restructuring of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has left the students and retired workers of the division fuming. They’ve alleged that the sphere of epigraphy has been given brief shrift by the federal government.
As per a round of the Ministry of Tradition, Authorities of India, 758 new posts could be created within the ASI as a part of a cadre-restructuring train, topic to the abolition of 304 posts within the present scheme of issues.
However what has left students shocked is that not a single submit has been created for the epigraphy department, which is the idea for the reconstruction of historical past primarily based on materials proof corresponding to inscriptions on rocks, caves, temples, pillars, stones, and copper plates that are nonetheless being found.
In as late as March 2021, the ASI had issued a word that 41 Group A posts could be revived, together with that of Director, Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Dravidian), and Director, Epigraphy (Arabic and Persian). A notification calling for the appointment of Director, Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Dravidian), was issued on Tuesday, however that is solely on deputation whereas two different posts associated to the Sanskrit department have lapsed. Within the new scheme of issues, 70 posts associated to horticulture have been created, together with 55 horticultural assistants, aside from 434 conservation assistants whose job will mainly be to supervise the upkeep of monuments. However not a single submit associated to epigraphy has been notified.
When contacted, senior officers within the ASI most popular to not touch upon the difficulty, saying they weren’t authorised to take action.
Opposite to plan
However T.S. Ravi Shankar, retired Director of the epigraphy department of ASI, instructed The Hindu that the brand new proposal flew within the face of NITI Aayog’s plan of the ASI restructuring below which strengthening the epigraphy department was clearly enunciated.
The proscribing and cadre evaluate takes place as soon as in just a few many years and by ignoring epigraphy, the federal government has demoralised the workers, mentioned Dr. Ravi Shankar, including that it will not appeal to new expertise nor retain the prevailing workers.
One other scholar, who has retired from the epigraphy department after greater than three many years of service however didn’t wished to be named, remarked that professionals must retire in the identical submit to which they had been appointed on the time of becoming a member of and therefore this improvement would pave the best way for the flight of expertise from the epigraphy department to universities.
Citing his personal instance, the scholar mentioned he had remained as an assistant within the division for 22 years regardless of many publications to his credit score, whereas he would have retired as a Head of Division had he joined any college.
Given the vastness of the nation and the potential for unearthing extra inscriptions, it’s crucial to no less than retain or revive the sanctioned posts, however as a substitute among the posts have been abolished, mentioned Dr. Ravi Shankar. Although two zonal places of work of the epigraphy department had been created within the Nineties, it didn’t consequence within the creation of latest posts, he added.