The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has launched a Center for Indian Knowledge Systems.
It will focus on four thematic areas: Mathematics and Astronomy in India; Architectural Engineering, Vāstu and Śilpa-śāstra; Indian political and economic thought; and Indian Aesthetics and Grammatical Traditions.
The center was inaugurated by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi and Kumar Tuhin, Managing Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.
The Center aims to publish quality research related to Indian knowledge systems and disseminate the results by organizing seminars and academic conferences. The research will involve collaborations with academics and external institutions.
The Center will initially design and deliver courses related to the thematic areas to students of IIT Madras. Subsequently, it is expected that these courses will be offered on the NPTEL platform for wider distribution.
The Center plans to organize workshops to familiarize teachers and students with various aspects of Indian knowledge systems. The Center plans to reach the public through popular writing and social media posts, according to the statement.