“Local knowledge systems need to be stimulated”

Efforts are being made to disseminate information and raise students’ awareness of India’s indigenous knowledge systems, including science and technology, G. Hemantha Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Mysore University, said here on Saturday.

He was speaking at a seminar on science and technology in ancient India organized by Prajna Pravaha in Manasagangotri. Professor Hemantha Kumar said the Ministry of Education has set up a separate unit called Indian Knowledge Systems to promote research and dissemination of information relating to indigenous knowledge that existed in ancient India and see how it could be deepened. through research and societal applications. A committee made up of educators, vice-chancellors, directors of IITs, etc. was set up to develop an action plan and is likely to submit its report in due course.

He said it was important to appreciate one’s roots and that the Indian knowledge systems committee was engaged not only in finding information written in ancient texts, but also on how best to integrate the system of knowledge. ancient knowledge in modern education.

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, a descendant of the former royal family, who was the chief guest, saw the need for changes in the education system in order to cultivate an Indian perspective. He said science existed in ancient India but was not studied while Japan has a strong tradition of rooting in its heritage. “There is a need to assimilate the best of Western culture while maintaining indigenous traditions,” Mr Yaduveer said.

Changes are needed in the education system and development imperatives from an Indian perspective, Mr. Yaduveer said and cited as an example that the Vijayanagar Empire should have been called the Karnataka Empire given its contributions.

Mr. KRamesh, Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, said India can retain its culture as it has strong philosophical roots. But in the current era, there was a greater attack on the cultural sphere and modern day youths were oblivious to their rich heritage, he added.

G. Raghunandan, Regional Coordinator of Prajna Pravaha, delivered the keynote address.

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