San­skrit, an­cient en­gi­neer­ing soon in syl­labus at IITs

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Stu­dents at the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy may soon be study­ing an­cient en­gi­neer­ing tech­niques — such as the one used by the mon­key army to build the Ram Setu bridge to Lanka in the Ra­mayana — writ­ten about in San­skrit texts.

Sev­eral IITs have in­formed the HRD min­istry of plans to in­tro­duce the an­cient lan­guage in cur­ricu­lum — a ‘re­quest’ ear­lier made by for­mer ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani to the schools.

IIT-Kharag­pur is in the process of set­ting up a cen­tre for sci­ence and her­itage ini­tia­tive to study sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in San­skrit lit­er­a­ture. It has told the min­istry it has made “sig­nif­i­cant strides in select­ing a fac­ulty in San­skrit lit­er­a­ture with ex­per­tise and in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure in in­ter-dis­ci­plinary study of San­skrit”.

IIT-Bhubaneswar plans to in­tro­duce a San­skrit lan­guage course as a “breadth sub­ject” — a sub­ject out­side the de­gree course.

Sup­port­ing the study of San­skrit, an IIT di­rec­tor who did not wish to be named said there were en­gi­neer­ing mar­vels from cen­turies ago whose tech­no­log­i­cal knowhow was avail­able only in San­skrit texts — the Ram Setu and Ashoka pil­lars, to name a few. The di­rec­tor also ad­vo­cated the study of Ayurveda “in its purest form”.

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