Dr. Vasant Shinde, a Vice-Chancellor of Deccan College, Visits My Lab
He is presently the Vice-Chancellor of the Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune. He obtained his B.A. in History from the University of Poona, and a Master’s Degree (First Class first) in Archaeology from Deccan College, Deemed University (at that time affiliated to the University of Poona). He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Protohistoric Archaeology on Early Settlements in Central Tapi Basin from the same University. Prof. Shinde has been teaching the Post-Graduate course in Archaeology since 1982. In addition to being a Recognized Post-Graduate teacher and Research guide at Deccan College, Deemed University, University of Poona and Solapur University and EotvosLorand University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, he has been also conducting teaching for the Post-Graduate Diploma course at the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, since 1991. Prof. Shinde has been a pioneer in archaeological research since the last 35 years, specialising in the Protohistory of South Asia as well as Field Archaeology. He has completed 16 major research projects, in the process of which he has collaborated with scholars and institutes from around the world, from Institutes such as the Universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States of America to Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the United Kingdom, to the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and Research Institute for Humanities and Nature (both in Kyoto, Japan), Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea, and so on. He has also directed a vast number of excavations around the country, from Harappan sites in Gujarat and Haryana to Chalcolithic sites in Madhya Pradesh and the Deccan, to Protohistoric and Early historic Sites in Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Presently, he has been directing a very prestigious research project at the largest Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Haryana. In the course of his research work, Prof. Shinde has also travelled to and delivered lectures at Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Denmark, France, England, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Oman, Malaysia, China, Japan, South Korea, Turkmenistan and several other countries throughout Europe and Asia, as well as in North and Central America. His contributions to Archaeology in India and abroad take the form of a large number of research papers, edited volumes and other publications, comprising 8 books, 10 edited books, 117 papers in national journals and 59 research papers in International journals alone, in addition to popular articles in magazines and other periodicals. He has established the Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA) with a view to promoting young archaeologists and further global collaboration (From HP of Deccan College, India).