Indian education system is decolonized under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi: Dharmendra Pradhan

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skills Development, today launched a textbook on “Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications”. Shri Subhas Sarkar, Minister of State for Education, with Shri K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary for Higher Education, Shri AD Sahasrabudhe, President of AICTE and representatives of AICTE, IKS Division and Ministry of Education participated in the program.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan expressed her joy that the authors gave an academic framework to the Indian knowledge system in this book. Shri Pradhan spoke about the global imprint of Indian knowledge, culture, philosophy and spirituality. He talked about the ancient Indian civilization and its positive impact on the world. Talking about Vedas, Upanishads and other Indian texts, he said that our ancient heritage is full of treasures that need to be preserved, documented and spread. He also talked about various examples of practices and scientific knowledge from ancient India that we can find still relevant in the modern world.

The minister said India’s education system was being decolonized under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. If we embrace the good things of our ancient past, we must also be aware of the problems of our society and build a future that creates synergy between the knowledge of the past and contemporary issues. The solutions to many global problems lie in India’s knowledge system, he added.

This book aims to fill the gap to offer a compulsory course on IKS, 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 the traditional and modern education system by offering students the opportunity to reconnect with the past, develop a holistic scientific temperament and use it to conduct multidisciplinary research and innovation.

The textbook curriculum is developed by Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in association with VYASA Yoga Institute, Bengaluru and Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Ernakulam. It is written by Prof. B Mahadevan, IIM Bangalore and co-authored by Prof. Assoc Vinayak Rajat Bhat, Chanakya University, Bengaluru, and Nagendra Pavana RN, with the School of Vedic Knowledge Systems at Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Ernakulam.

Dr. Subhas Sarkar mentioned the need to learn about traditional Indian knowledge systems. He cited examples from Ayurveda, ship building in ancient times, knowledge of aircraft, architect of Indus Valley cities and political science that existed in India Ancient. He enjoyed the book on Introduction to Indian Knowledge System which seeks 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 more. 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.

The program included a welcome speech by Prof. AD Sahasrabudhe, President, AICTE and Author, Dr. B. Mahadevan, IIM, Bangalore, among others. A vote of thanks was provided by Prof. MP Poonia, Vice President, AICTE.

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