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Course on Indian knowledge system in engineering colleges soon

The Times of India logo The Times of India 26-11-2021 Manash Pratim Gohain
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NEW DELHI: Engineering institutes will soon introduce an elective credit course on Indian knowledge system with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) commissioning a textbook to be prepared by a member of the faculty of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. The education ministry is also operationalising a portal where scientifically verified contents on the Indian knowledge system will be made available. The validation and content development for the portal has been entrusted to faculties from Indian Institutes of Technology at Kharagpur and Indore.

Speaking exclusively to TOI, Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairperson, AICTE, said once the textbook is made available around December, institutions can use it to offer the Indian knowledge system as an elective subject for its engineering programmes.

“It has been there for universities and colleges who wanted to offer, but as a non-credit course. We will make it gradually an elective credit-course. Textbooks are not available. So, we are writing a book on the Indian knowledge system through an IIM Bangalore faculty, professor B Mahadevan,” he said.

As per a senior official at the ministry of education, once the credit transfer system among higher education institutions becomes fully functional along with the facility of the academic bank of credits, “other institutions, if they wish, can offer this as an elective in non-engineering programmes as well.”

“When we are allowing psychology and economics, why not the Indian knowledge system as a credit course? The book is getting ready and is likely to be released by next month,” said Sahasrabudhe. The portal on the Indian knowledge system is in a nascent stage and when ready the contents will be ready made material for institutions.

The AICTE head said: “We are also initiating a process to validate the claims on the Indian knowledge system and put them on a portal.”The ideas will be investigated to see if they can be taken forward in present times, if they can further research and can lead to creation of things useful to mankind."

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