IIT Gandhinagar Launches Indian Knowledge Systems Course on “Pre-Colonial Literatures”, Apply Now

The course will run in hybrid mode from January to April

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New Delhi:

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Gandhinagar) offers a unique elective course, Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS). After five successful seasons, the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) of IIT Gandhinagar is back with the sixth edition of the course, this year the theme is “The Treasury of Literatures of Pre-Colonial India”, says the press release.

According to IIT Gandhinagar, the course is centered on the fact that India is renowned worldwide for its rich literatures dating back millennia. “Pre-colonial India not only had a great diversity of languages, from pan-Indian Sanskrit to hundreds of regional languages, but it also encompassed a plethora of themes, literary techniques and socio-cultural functions. This literary landscape profoundly marked the Indian continent at all levels and has been instrumental in shaping Indian civilization.” the mentioned version.

Applicants can apply online through the official website – iitgn.ac.in. The course will run in hybrid mode from January to April and will be streamed live on the IITGN YouTube channel. “As of January 13, 2022, conferences will generally take place on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:05 p.m. to 6 p.m. The course website will contain regular announcements and updates about the lecturers and the conference,” the statement read. The first lecture was delivered on January 13 on the subject “One Tale, Two Languages ​​and the Jain Sacred Site of Shatrunjaya”.

Elaborating on the idea behind Indian knowledge systems, Professor Michel Danino, Visiting Professor, HSS, IITGN, said: “Indian literature is colossal. It is one of the most extensive literatures in the world, with its epics, its texts of philosophy and spirituality, its dramas, its poetic compositions, its collections of stories, its popular tales, its technical texts on medicine, mathematics, astronomy, architecture, governance and many similar works in regional languages. It has been a powerful social tool for connecting people, sharing concepts and values, and ultimately a certain worldview. IKS 2022 aims to give students a taste of this ocean which reflects the identity of India.

Indian Knowledge Systems will include sessions on: Narrative Literature in Prakrit by Dr. JR Bhattacharya; Urdu literature by Dr. Hamid Chopra; Indian literature by Professor Kapil Kapoor; Kavya Literature by Dr. K Ramasubramanian; Malayalam Literature by Mr BR Krishnakumar; Tamil literature by Isaikkavi Ramanan; Telugu Literature by Professor Srinivas Reddy; Jain Itihasa Literature by Mrs. Mana Shah; Sacred Geography by Mrs. Arya Adityan; Technical Literature on the Performing Arts by Ms. Ankita Nair; Classic Literature in Comics and Graphic Novels by Ms. Shivani Sharma; and Children’s Literature by Dr. Diti Vyas. A total of 12 eminent scholars and experts from India and abroad will explore not only major developments in Indian literature, but also some of its lesser-known features and ramifications.

For more details about the course, please visit the website- iitgn.ac.in.

Donald E. Patel