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Government reconstitutes Advisory Committee for Studying Sarasvati River under the Chair of Prahlad Singh Patel

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Govt reconstitutes panel for studying Sarasvati river

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) released a notification stating that it has reconstituted an Advisory Committee for Multidisciplinary Study of the River Sarasvati (also known as Ghaggar-Hakra River).It will be headed by Union Minister for Culture (Currently- Prahlad Singh Patel).

  • It has been reconstituted for the next two years (2021-23), after the earlier term’s panel ended in 2019 (it was constituted in 2017).
  • The committee will review the work done by the previous panel and then formulate a plan.

Members of the Committee

Official Members

  • Officials from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Water Resources, Environment & Forest, Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • It would also consist of representatives from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), officials from governments of Gujarat, Haryana & Rajasthan.

Non-Official Members

  • Archaeologists – B R Mani, Vasant Shinde, K.N.Dixit & K.K. Muhammed & Historian Balmukund Pandey.
  • Other members are Madan Gopa Vyas, Ratnesh Tripathi, Prabhu Sundarji Bhai Thakkar, S. Kalyan Raman, Prashant Bhardwaj, Amit Rai Jain, V M K Puri & Mukesh Garg.

Sarasvati River Committee


  • To define the Sarasvati river & its basin.
  • Identify geotechnical nature for study of Sarasvati basin & suggest names of competent agencies/individuals.
  • To identify archaeological sites & assess their potential for development as centres of Education & Tourism.

The committee will use remote sensing imagery for studying environmental changes, history of archaeological culture with special emphasis on the protohistoric era of River Sarasvati.

River Sarasvati 

  • Considered a Mythical river, it is among the trio of India’s holy rivers along with Ganga & Yamuna. It is believed to have run through the states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan.
  • It is said to have disappeared due to tectonic disturbances, impacting its tributaries.

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i.On October 26, 2020, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) signed MoU with Italy’s Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti E Paesaggio, Venice for creating a network of sharing skills for restoration and protection of historical monuments.

About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI):

It functions under the Ministry of Culture

Director General – V Vidyavathi

Head Office – New Delhi