Scholars debate Indian knowledge systems in scientific context

Shimla: Drawing a comparison between Einstein’s theory of relativity and the Indian knowledge systems, scholars at the start of a two day conference of North Zone vice-chancellors of universities held that India sages for centuries have maintained that reality cannot be know in practice.

Speaking on ‘science of religion’ Piyush Srivastava, a scientist from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh pointed out religion has more often been equated with commonality.

Even Bhagwat Gita refers to the existence of different layers of religions, he said.

Touching upon deeper meaning of illusion, truth and time, he said that ultimate consciousness takes into account the unity of all existence be it animals, plants, humans and even the non living things like planets, stars and the universe as a whole.

Speaking about ‘discovering knowledge through manuscript’, Dipti Tripathi, Director General of National Manuscript Commission of India, New Delhi pointed out that of the over 30 lakh enlisted manuscripts only 20 % had been accessed.

There is a treasure of knowledge in these manuscripts which deal with diverse facets of knowledge; even the science of water management was highly developed, she said.

Tripathi added that to retrieve and learn from these priceless pieces of our heritage would enhance human knowledge immensely.

Earlier Governor Urmila Singh, who inaugurated the Vice-chancellors conference, stressed that to have a stimulating academic environment, universities needed to focus on research for enhancing human knowledge.

She said, “Education should ensure holistic development of students,��? while referring to the constructive role the youth were playing in nation building.