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Director - Shri Ajay Kumar Garg, IAS



Prof. Makkhan Lal (M.A., Ph.D., History and Archaeology)
Head of Departments (MAHM & MCPHM)

Prof. Makkhan Lal, a distinguished archaeologist and historian, taught in Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University before moving to Delhi in 1998 as the Founder Director of Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management. Currently he is also a Senior Fellow (Honorary) at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi, a leading Think Tank of India.

Prof. Makkhan Lal was the first Charles Wallace Fellow in Cambridge University and also elected a Senior Fellow at Clare Hall in the years 1985-87. He was elected in 1986 and again in 1990 by the SAARC counties' archaeologists and historians to represent South Asia on the Executive Committee of the World Archaeological Congress. He was the Academic Programme Coordinator and Treasurer of the World Archaeological Congress-3 held in Delhi from 4-11 December 1994. A very widely travelled academician Prof. Lal has delivered lectures at Universities of London, Cambridge, Southampton (U.K.), Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Berkeley (U.S.A.), Naples and IsMeO , Rome (Italy), Moscow and St. Petersburgh (Russia) and many other Universities in Europe and Asia.

Prof. Makkhan Lal has been associated with a large number of academic bodies as referee/expert and as editor of academic journals.

Prof. Makkhan Lal has published 16 books and over 160 research papers in national and international journals on Indian history and Civilization. Some of his books are: Rise of Civilization in the Ganga-Yamuna Doab, Archaeology of Population, Ancient India, Educating to Confuse and Disrupt and Secular Politics Communal Agenda, Gandhi's Assassination: What Documentry Say.

He is also the Co-Editor of Eleven Volume series on History of Ancient India, being brought out by Vivekananda International Foundation. First Five volumes, with contributions from over 90 leading scholars from around world, the running in over 3500 pages were released on 23rd December, 2013.

Prof. R.K. Mohanty:

Rabindra Kumar Mohanty, served as Professor of Proto-Indian and Ancient Indian History and Head of the Department Archaeology, Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune 411006. He superannuated in 2014 after teaching and research career spanning for over three decades in the Institute. He taught several course such as Field Archaeology, Early Historical Archaeology, Protohistory of South Asia, Iron Age Archaeology of India, Ancient Indian History and Culture, Art and Architecture as well as Iconography to Post-Graduate students. He has guided a number of Ph.D.s

He has directed co-directed several Archaeological Excavations and Explorations pertaining to period belonging to Chalcolithic, Megalithic-Iron Age and Early Historic sites spread across the country. He has extensively worked on Early Iron Age Megalithic Culture of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. For the past twelve years he is involved in carrying out intensive archaeological investigations and excavations in several sites pertaining to Early Historic Fortified Urban Centers and Neolithic-Chalcolithic settlements in Eastern Odisha. Some of these researches have been undertaken in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles, USA., University college, London and Oxford University. He has published a number of books and around 80 research articles in prestigious National and International journals.

Dr. Ravindra Kumar, (M.A., Ph.D., Archaeology) 

Specializes in art of India and archaeology to fundamentals of scientific and field archaeology and focuses on scientific analysis and study of materials and structures of historic sites and buildings, for the restoration, preservation and conservation of historic sites..

Dr. Shalini Awasthi, (M.A., Ph.D., History

Specializes in Ancient Indian Social History, and special interests in cultural and social aspects, contributing to the structure and development of Indian ethos; in Site and Visitor Management, keeping in mind the carrying capacity of Tourism of Historic sites.

Dr. Sima Yadav, (M.A., Ph.D., History and Archaeology) 

Specializes in Historical Archaeology and other historical source material essential in identifying and building forward and backward linkages of heritage site and property within socio economic, demographic and cultural context.

Dr. Anand Burdhan, (M.A., Ph.D., Museology) 

Specializes in museology, public education and awareness about heritage apart from visitor management at sites and museums. He designed the National Philatelic Museum, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi.    

Dr. Ashwani Asthana, (M.A., Ph.D, History and Archaeology) 

An archaeologist by training. His study relates to issues on/about environment, and to placing a historic site within its ecological context, for the creation of a heritage conservation zone. Has extensive training in salvage/cleaning material from archaeological sites.

Mr. Sailendra Kumar Swain, (M.A. History and Heritage Management, M.Phil, Ancient History)  

Specialization in Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology and documentation and conservation of monuments, Cultural Resource Management, Public Awareness of heritage.

Dr. R.K. Trivedi, (M.Sc. Chemistry, M.A. History & Heritage Management, Ph.D)  

Specialization in documentation and conservation of monument, chemical and archival conservation and disaster management. 

Dr. Aman Kumar Singh, (M.A. Ph.D.)

Specialization in architectural and structural & design, chemical conservation, urban conservation, documentation, conservation and preservation of tangible & intangible heritage.

Visiting Faculty

The Institute draws on a pool of eminent visiting faculty.

We have a very large pool of distinguished visiting faculty to teach specialized courses and topics. Some of visiting faculty members are:

Dr. Syed Mubin Zehra, (M.A., Ph.D)

She is Assistant Professor with Delhi Universitie’s prestigious A.R.S.D. College in Department of History. Dr. Syed Mubin Zehra was selected among 50 promising Muslim Women of India by the Sunday Indian magazine. She was awarded Sambhavana Puruskar 2014 dedicated to the Women of substance for her work in the field of Empowerment of Women.

Dr. Syed Mubin Zehra has authored/co authored several academic books on Indian and European History. These books are also part of syllabus in different universities in graduation, post graduation and M Phil courses.

One of her highly acclaimed book is “Sexual and Gender Representations in Mughal India”. This book got reviews in National Newspapers and Magazines. Prominent writer Khushawant Singh also wrote about her book in his famous column published in several newspapers including Hindustan Times. The Week and The Times of India also carried reviews on this book.

She has published extensively on various issues concerning history of Modern India. Regular Columnist with largest Urdu daily inquilab of Dainik Jagran Group. The column titled Sarghoshiyan is published every Friday which looks upon social and gender issues. It is widely read and published in 15 editions of Delhi, U.P., and Bihar. Regular columnist with renowned Hindi daily Jansatta. The column Samantar Sansaar is published every fortnight on Sundays and is widely read and appreciated. It covers sensitive social, gender and other related issues.

Ar. Shubhadeep Gupta
Mr. Shubhadeep Gupta is a well known independent architect who has been involved in the conservation, preservation, zoning and planning of many cities of India including Delhi. 




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