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'Don't Ape European Knowledge System Blindly'

The three-day seminar on ‘Growth of Knowledge Systems in India and Regional Contributions’, jointly organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Rastrapati Nivas, Shimla, and Centre for Heritage Studies (CHS), Hill Palace, Tripunithura, began here on Monday.

Published: 04th February 2014 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2014 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

Sundar-Sarukkai

The three-day seminar on ‘Growth of Knowledge Systems in India and Regional Contributions’, jointly organised by Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Rastrapati Nivas, Shimla, and Centre for Heritage Studies (CHS), Hill Palace, Tripunithura, began here on Monday.

Presenting a paper on ‘Making Sense of Indian Knowledge System’, Sundar Sarukkai said  people here have been following the knowledge system of the Europeans blindly, disregarding our rich culture and knowledge.

He also lamented that people were shunning the mathematical legacy of India, which hold immense value and potential in comparison to foreign works.

“The neglected Mathematical codex ‘Ukthi Bhasha’ is the epitome of our ignorance.  The work is yet to be subjected to research by our Mathematicians,” he said.

CHS director general M G S Narayan and former Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University vice-chancellor and fellow of IIAS K G Paulose also spoke.

Papers on the topics varying from Mathematics to History of Indian knowledge system were presented by the scholars, including Chetan Sing (director IIAS), Radhavallabh Tripathi, Krisnamurthi Ramasubramanian, M S Sriram, Sabyasachi Chatterji, Kesavan Veluthattu and Shonaleeka Kaul at the seminar.

N M Namboothiri, the chief coordinator of the programme and academic affairs dean of CHS said the seminars will be conducted at Hill Palace Museum Auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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