Sanskrit, ancient engineering soon in syllabus at IITs
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”.