The Indian Institute of Technology recently announced the introduction of a unique course to impart mathematical and scientific knowledge from ancient texts in Sanskrit, an official said on August 30, 2020.
This new course is titled “Understanding Classical Scientific Texts of India in an Immersive Sanskrit Environment” and it was started in bid to expose the present generation to ancient knowledge, the official from the institute added.
.The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) sponsored quality improvement programme began on August 22 and will continue till October 2 with a total of 62 hours of online classes, he said. He also mentioned that over 750 candidates from all over the world are participating in the course.
An impressive 30% of those participants are working professionals, 50% are undergraduates and masters students, with PhD scholars and others making up the rest, institute officials said.
This one-of-its-kind course in Sanskrit starts with Bhaskaracharya’s mathematical treatise ‘Lilavati’ of almost a thousand years ago, reported the sources. The institution has lined up fortnightly programmes to teach metallurgy, astronomy, medicines and plant sciences in Sanskrit. Students will also be provided classical Indian scientific texts in their original forms and they will be able to converse about the topics in the ancient language.
“Ancient texts of India, originally composed in Sanskrit, have a rich heritage of mathematical and scientific knowledge and the present generation is unaware of this. We started this course to make them aware of this ancient knowledge in Sanskrit itself, said Professor Neelesh Kumar, officiating director of IIT, Indore. “The course will inspire the participants to research, innovate, study and teach mathematics and science in Sanskrit,” he said.
Another IIT official also mentioned that the course is divided into two parts, under which participants will be taught the nuances of Sanskrit to build their understanding of the language and in the next part, they will be taught classical mathematics in Sanskrit.
A qualifying examination will also be conducted to evaluate the participants involved in the second part of the course and successful candidates will be awarded a certificate, he added.

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