Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurates the new headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in New Delhi today. During his inaugural speech, PM Modi said that India must take pride in the rich history of our nation.
We need to device new ways to promote civil and social involvement in preserving and promoting our historical heritage, the prime minister said, adding that even the corporate sector employees could be encouraged to donate 10-15 hours for historical monuments in an institutional manner.
PM Modi also suggested that locals school syllabus must include chapters on local history to ensure that its importance does not get diluted over the time. He also said that an online course could be offered on the local history to create an army of guides, which is crucial to the tourism experience.
The ASI's new headquarters at Tilak Marg in New Delhi is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting.
It will include a central archaeological library with a collection of about 1.5 lakh books and journals, a brief statement issued by the PMO said.
Watch PM Modi's full speech here: