An Autonomous Institution of the Govt. of West Bengal


History of the Organization

The Centre for Archaeological Studies & Training, Eastern India has carried out projects funded by Government of West Bengal every year. It has undertaken research in a variety of subjects from prehistory to medieval period. It has also received funds from Ministry of Culture for projects on Islamic Monuments of West Bengal, Archaeology of East Coast, Early Indian Writing on Archaeology and Photo Archive. Reports have been duly submitted. The Centre has collaborated with Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute for a DST (Government of India) funded project on ancient Indian pottery. It has also successfully completed Indian National Science Academy funded projects on medieval metallurgy of eastern India. Other than actively doing research Centre also provides a platform to the researchers from India and abroad to interact. This usually takes place at annual seminars which have specific theme like History of Archaeology in India, Ethnoarchaeology, Ancient Indian Architecture, Statistics and Archaeology so on. To reach out to even wider-world of archaeologists and historians Centre regularly publishes journal and seminar proceedings and many other academic books which have been appreciated by professionals and interested general public alike. It also conducts specialized training courses on Prehistory, Ancient Indian Pottery, Numismatics, Architecture and Indian Epigraphy.


Aims and Objectives

1. (a) To collect and preserve information from published and unpublished sources about archaeological sites and materials in Eastern India and thereby build up a centralized data base which can be utilized by all interested persons, and scholars and others from within the country and abroad.

(b) To impart specialized training in different branches of archaeological studies viz. Prehistory, Historical Archaeology, Palaeography/Epigraphy Numismatics, History, Conservation, Field Archaeology and all other allied subjects including the ethno-history of Eastern India.

(c) To promote and develop research and training in the area of archaeological science/history of science and technology.

(d) To pursue research projects in multi-disciplinary areas independently or in collaboration with other regional, national, international agencies/institutions.

(e) To organize lectures, seminars, symposia, workshops and exhibitions on different branches of archaeology in different places of Eastern India on their own or in collaboration with other organizations.

(f) To render financial and technical assistance to young and promising researchers, and offer fellowship to senior scholars for specific work of national importance.

(g) To sanction grants for publication of books, atlases, survey reports, etc. as may be deemed fit and/or pay honorarium or remuneration or royalty or to make payments for acquisition of copyright works already published.

(h) To undertake all such activities as are incidental to and conductive to the attainment of all or any of the above objects.

(i) To create and institute administrative, ministerial, technical, research and such other posts as may be necessary and to make appointments thereto on accordance with the Rules and Regulations subject to any direction that may be issued by the State Government from time to time.

(j) To make, add, vary and amend Rules and Bye-laws for conducting the affairs of the Society with prior approval of the State Government.

(k) To take over and acquire by purchase, gift or otherwise from the Government of India, State Government or any other public bodies or private individuals, movable and immovable properties or any funds together with any attended obligation and engagements not inconsistent with the objects of the Society.

Prehistory of South Asia
Seminar 2010

This was the 15th Annual Seminar of the Centre. The theme was ‘Prehistory of South Asia’. The main aim was to highlight explorations and excavations in different parts of South Asia. There was a need to highlight areas which have been the subject of substantial research for further development.
Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya

CASTEI will be organizing a series of outreach programs at different schools and colleges to create awareness for heritage and archaeology. The first of the awareness programme was held at Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya on 7/1/2013-8/1/2013.