Dr. K.V. Ramesh (78), eminent Epigraphist and former Joint Director-General of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), passed away at a private hospital here on July 10 following a cardiac arrest.

A resident of Kuvempunagar, he leaves behind his wife and three daughters. Last rites will be performed in city tomorrow after the arrival of his daughters from abroad.

Profile: Born on 8.6.1935, Dr. K.V. Ramesh had a Master’s degree in Sanskrit language and literature from Madras University; Doctorate from Karnatak University, Dharwad (1965).

He joined the Epigraphy branch of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Ootacamund as Epigraphical Assistant (Sept. 1956). He also served as Dy. Superintending Epigraphist (1966); Superintending Epigraphist (1976); Chief Epigraphist (1984); Director, Epigraphy (1986) and Jt. Director-General of ASI (May,1992) before his superannuation (June, 1993).

He was also the Hon. Director of Oriental Research Institute, University of Mysore (1998-2006). He was awarded “Honour of Excellence” by the Prime Minister of India, in recognition of his contribution to the field of Epigraphy at a function in Delhi (Dec. 2011) to mark the celebration of 150th year of ASI.

He was also honoured by Governor of Karnataka on Dec. 28, 2012 on the occasion of 150 years of ASI, jointly celebrated by the Bangalore and Dharwad Circles of ASI at Bangalore.

He was appointed as the National Professor in Epigraphy by ASI on Sept. 11, 2012, was the Chairman of the Epigraphical Society of India and the Place Names Society of India also.

Condoled: Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore and Dr. Mysore Nagaraja Sharma, a researcher in Archaeology have condoled his death.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore