IIT Kharagpur to introduce Vastu Shastra
Sir Ardeshir DalalKOLKATA: You cannot be a "well-rounded architect" unless you have learnt the basics of Vastu Shastra — the foundation on which traditional Indian architecture(वास्तु-कला) study rests, believes IIT Kharagpur. The country's oldest and largest IIT will introduce the rudiments(आरंभ) to first and second-year undergraduate architecture students this August, while those pursuing post-graduation or research scholars in infrastructure will get a detailed grounding on the subject. As a concept, Vastu Shastra did not figure in the architecture and infrastructure syllabi. But faculty members — while looking at re-orienting (फिर से उन्मुख) teaching-learning for the coming academic session — feel that since students are being taught concepts prevalent(प्रचलित) in the West, there is no reason why they shouldn't be conversant(परिचित) with ancient Indian architectural traditions. They believe that Vastu studies are not rooted in religion. Instead, ancient Indian concepts have a scientific basis and introducing students to these will open up new vistas, they say.
The Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM) of IIT-Kgp held its first workshop on the subject, 'Vastu in Global Perspective', in the city on Sunday, attracting Vastu experts from across the country. "Times are changing and across the globe there is a renewed interest in ancient Indian knowledge. So, it is natural that we will tweak our syllabus to include Vastu in architecture and infrastructure classes," said Joy Sen, head of RCGSIDM and a faculty member of the architecture department.
Vastu will be introduced in graded modules to UG architecture students, who are taught courses like basic design and history of architecture. At the PG level, solar principles, sacred diagrams, 9 circuit placements or the nabagraha mandal, sacred altars and design semiotics and semantics are some of the things students will be taught. "For PG infrastructure course, we will have BTech students from departments of architecture, civil, electrical, mechanical and even management graduates. So, at this level, we will have a greater variety to address," Sen said.
Students will also have to write assignments, projects and tests on the Vastu concepts taught. "Vastu Shastra has its beginnings in Rig Veda and is scientific in its tenor. Today, the whole world is looking at green living, thanks to the way we are suffering due to erratic concretization. The concept of Vastu revolves around the healthy relationship of nature and infrastructure, hence its modern relevance," Sen said.
About the country's oldest and largest IIT IIT Kharagpur
Sir Ardeshir Dalal---proposed the setting up of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. To man those laboratories, he persuaded the US government to offer hundreds of doctoral fellowships under the Technology Cooperation Mission (TCM) program.
The Sarkar Committee -- recommended the establishment of Higher Technical Institutions in the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern regions of the country.
the recommendations of the Sarkar committee in view and on the basis of blueprint made by L. S. Chandrakant, Biman Sen, and Sir J.C. Ghosh, the first Indian Institute of Technology was born in May, 1950 at the site of Hijli Detention Camp in Kharagpur, a town in eastern India.
IIT Bombay when it got established in Powai in 1958.
North as IIT Kanpur (in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh) in 1959.
n Bangalore , 1959 itself as IIT Madras.