Express press service
NEW DELHI: Introduction to Vedas, Puranas, Sanskrit, ancient sciences, engineering, astronomy, town planning and architecture will now be part of a new textbook for students of engineering and science who take a compulsory non-credit course on Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS).
The textbook, slated for release by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday, is part of the centre’s plan to roll out the new higher education curriculum which emphasizes the knowledge system Indian (IKS) as recommended by the National Education Policy (NEP).
The new textbook follows the introduction of a compulsory non-credit course on IKS announced by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 2018.
The course was launched, but it was felt that there were no “authentic and well-researched” manuals available on IKS.
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore developed the program and prepared the manual in association with SVYASA Yoga Institute, Bengaluru, and Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Ernakulam.
A panel of experts reviewed the textbook “Introduction to Concepts and Applications of Indian Knowledge System” written by B Mahadevan, Professor at IIM Bangalore and Founding Vice-Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth (University of Sanskrit and Indian Traditions).
The 417-page English textbook will cost 795 rupees. It is planned to have it translated into Hindi soon.
The book aims to fill the void by providing a required course on IKS, the author said. “The proposed textbook aims to introduce the epistemology and ontology of IKS to engineering and science students in a way that they can understand, appreciate and explore further.”
Anil Sahasrabudhe, President of AICTE, said in the foreword: “The formal Indian education system inherited from British policymakers, known as the Macaulian system, has kept the heritage of ancient Indian knowledge out of reach of budding young students, citing reasons of lack of rigor and scientific value.
“Our (Indian) is the only surviving and remaining ancient civilization with a huge repository of knowledge created by the ancestors, which can bring great value to any society.”
Professor Subhash Kak, Regents Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, also wrote a foreword. He said the book will provide students with “an excellent introduction to the amazing breadth and depth of Indian scientific tradition and knowledge”.
The co-authors of the manual are Vinayak Rajat Bhat, Associate Professor at Center for IKS, Chanakya University, Bengaluru, and Nagendra Pavana RN, with School of Vedic Knowledge Systems at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Ernakulam.