DU Professor Nayanjot Lahiri felicitated with Infosys Prize

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The Infosys Prize is given annually to promote scientific research and honour outstanding achievements of contemporary researchers and scientists by the Infosys Science Foundation. The award, carries the prize of a gold medal, a citation and a purse of Rupees 55 Lakh.

Felicitated on 8th February, one of the recipients of the Infosys Prize 2013 is a Delhi University professor – Nayanjot Lahiri. She received the award for her contribution in the field of Archaeology, and her work that focuses on the integration of archaeological knowledge with the historical understanding of India. Her areas of specialisation are proto-history, Indian Archaeology, Archeological Theory, Heritage Studies and Ancient India.

She earned her M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delhi. She was appointed as a Reader at the Department of History, University of Delhi from 1982-93 and Lecturer at the Department of History, Hindu College, University of Delhi. She has also held the post of Dean of Colleges, University of Delhi from August 2007 till December 2010.

She has myriad number publications to her name which include Ancient India: New Research, Finding Forgotten Cities: How the Indus Civilization Was Discovered, The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization, Copper and its Alloys in Ancient India etc. She has also reviewed books in academic journals, newspapers and newsmagazines.

“She is one of the leading archaeologists in the country with very innovative work stretching back from the early days when she was working on the early history of ancient inscriptions of Assam. She has brought to light an understanding of ancient Indian history drawing on archaeological records and historical records and linking them in a way that has transformed the subject”, said Amartya Sen, the jurist for the award in his congratulatory message.

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