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IIT Hyderabad starts online MTech Heritage Science and Technology course

IIT Hyderabad (IITH) has launched a course on Heritage Science and Technology. IITH started a new Department of Heritage Science and Technology (HST) on June 21. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, who is known as the father of India’s PARAM series supercomputers, inaugurated the virtual program.

The course will commence in August this year. It has three specializations, namely Science and Technology of Yoga, Indian Language processing, and Conservation and reconstruction of heritage architecture. Underscoring the importance of the course, Dr. Bhatkar said that this was a giant step in Bharat’s academics as it would lead the way in recreating ancient universities such as Nalanda and Takshashila in contemporary form.

“There was an acute need to undertake the exploration without any bias and in the true spirit of rigorous science. I am confident that the Department will excel in both academics and research facets in this new and upcoming area”, opined IITH’s Director Prof. BS Murthy.

HST department head Dr. Mohan Raghavan highlighted that Bharat’s heritage such as monuments, archaeological sites, language, dress, knowledge systems, and indigenous technologies were assets for the entire humanity. “HST aims to unlock this latent value in heritage assets by developing technology to help this fragmented segment to aggregate, modernize and scale. It will help enrich lives and livelihoods around Heritage and automatically ensures that Heritage survives and thrives,” he has been quoted as saying.

Students also have the option of exiting at the end of the first year with a post-graduate diploma in HST. The in-campus in-person weekend workshop/hackathon at the end of each semester is the highlight of the course.

“Heritage science and technology is the application of S&T to serve Heritage industries, in much the same way as Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering serves the respective industries. While our Heritage is a cherished asset for humanity it is important to note that it supports livelihoods in a huge way. Cultural and natural heritage sites are the backbone of the travel and tourism industry”, the site details the HST.

“Traditional knowledge and skills drive several industries such as catering and food, handicrafts, agriculture, toy-making, traditional medicine, health and wellness, entertainment, art, and media. However, we notice that industrial activity around heritage assets is invariably fragmented and leads to lower incomes. HST tries to address this problem by bringing the power of S&T to play. It helps small and medium-scale industries around Heritage to survive, thrive, aggregate and scale. We hope our work will enrich millions of people whose lives revolve around Heritage” the site further adds.

“Indian Knowledge Systems are intangible world heritage originating from India. HST uses the best of Science and Technology to enhance lives and livelihoods around IKS activities, for e.g. help makers of traditional toys and musical instruments, yoga studios, traditional medicines, heritage tourism, media technologies in Indian languages, and the like”, the course FAQs notes.

Recognition of indigenous knowledge is important and this course is a step in that direction. Even IIT-Kharagpur had celebrated Indic knowledge systems. IIT Kharagpur’s Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge System has launched a calendar busting lies with respect to Bharatiya history thus far propagated by leftist historians. The calendar has twelve pieces of evidence that along with providing a rebuttal to the Aryan Invasion myth also recognizes the secret of the Vedas and reinterprets the Indus Valley Civilization (Sindhu-Saraswati Civilization).

This course by IITH would give the necessary boost to Bharat’s ancient science & technology and also familiarize students with Bharat’s knowledge systems.

(Featured Image Source: The Indian Express)

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