Indian Knowledge System has solutions to many problems of the world: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skills Development, has launched a textbook titled “Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications”. The event brought together Subhas Sarkar, Minister of State for Education, as well as K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary for Higher Education; AD Sahasrabudhe, President of AICTE; and representatives of AICTE, the IKS division and the Ministry of Education. During his speech, the Minister of Education expressed his joy that the authors of this book have provided an academic framework for the Indian knowledge system. During his speech, he discussed various topics including the global imprint of Indian knowledge, culture, philosophy and spirituality and the positive impact of the ancient Indian civilization on the world.

“India’s education system is being decolonized under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While we embrace the good things of our ancient past, we must also be aware of the problems in our society and build a future that creates synergy between the “The solutions to many global problems reside in the Indian knowledge system,” he added.

About the book

This book seeks to fill the void by offering a compulsory course on ICS, recently mandated by AICTE. Additionally, the New Education Policy (NEP) has also provided a clear trajectory for the transmission of SCI into the higher education curriculum, necessitating such a book in several higher education institutions across the country within days to to come. Although the book was primarily developed for use by engineering institutions, the structure and content lends itself easily to meeting the requirements of other academic systems (liberal arts, medicine, science, and management) for such a book. The new IKS textbook will enable students to bridge the gap between traditional and modern education systems by offering them the opportunity to reconnect with the past, develop a holistic scientific temperament and use it to conduct multidisciplinary research and innovation.

The textbook program was developed by Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, in association with VYASA Yoga Institute, Bengaluru, and Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Ernakulam. with the School of Vedic Knowledge Systems at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Ernakulam.

During the event, Dr. Subhas Sarkar also addressed the gathering and spoke about the need to learn more about Indian traditional knowledge systems. He cited examples from Ayurveda, ship building in ancient times, knowledge of airplanes, architecture of Indus Valley cities and political science, which existed in ancient India. He enjoyed the book Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems, which aims to introduce the epistemology and ontology of Indian knowledge systems in all walks of life to engineering and science students in a way that they can understand, appreciate and explore further. Shri Sarkar further added that for the upliftment of any individual, their roots must be strong, and to retain those roots, one must know the traditional Indian knowledge system.