IIT Kanpur unveils SIKSA Study Centre for Indian Knowledge System for Holistic Advancement

IIT Kanpur unveils SIKSA Study Centre for Indian Knowledge System for Holistic Advancement

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New Delhi, Updated on Apr 25, 2023 11:54 IST

About 20 faculty members from more than 12 departments are part of the centre. The long-term vision of the centre is to establish IIT Kanpur at the forefront of IKS studies in the world. The Centre will be instrumental in exploring and integrating the Indian Knowledge Systems into curricula and interdisciplinary research.

IIT Kanpur unveils SIKSA Study Centre for Indian Knowledge System for Holistic Advancement

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur inaugurated the ŚIKṢĀ Study Centre for Indian Knowledge System (IKS) for Holistic Advancement, to ensure holistic learning from India’s vast and enriching knowledge system.

During the inauguration, the coordinator of the centre, Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya, gave an introduction about the centre, mentioning that the mission is to promote, facilitate, and benefit from IKS-related studies, research, content development, and outreach. Director Prof. Abhay Karandikar launched the website and logo for the centre, which has the Dhyeyavakya taken from Bhagavadgītā. The logo was explained as an illusory reflection of the ultimate reality whose real essence can be known only through selfless knowledge.

With the inauguration of the ŚIKṢĀ Study Centre for Indian Knowledge System for Holistic Advancement, IIT Kanpur takes a significant step towards exploring and promoting Indian knowledge systems, creating a positive impact in the field and the society, said the official statement.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “Through the ŚIKṢĀ Study Centre for Indian Knowledge System for Holistic Advancement, we aim to integrate the vast knowledge system of India into our academic curriculum and research and make it accessible to the world. This center will provide a platform for interdisciplinary research and development, and we hope to establish IIT Kanpur as a leading institution for IKS studies globally."

The centre will conduct research in various domains, including Health & Wellness, Mathematics & Astronomy, Sanskrit & Linguistic studies, Consciousness studies, Archaeo-metallurgy & Materials, Darsanas, Acoustics & Music, and Water management systems. As many as 20 faculty members from more than 12 departments are part of the centre. The long-term vision of the centre is to establish IIT Kanpur at the forefront of IKS studies in the world.

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