Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has said that we should draw upon the knowledge of ancient Indian Science concepts and explore possibilities of their application in the modern world.
Speaking at a symposium on “Ancient Indian Sciences through Sanskrit,” organized as part of the ongoing 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, Javdekar said “knowledge is supreme, those who want to pursue the path of knowledge don’t see what is the source, or how old it is, everything that is old may not be gold, but all that is old is also not a waste”.
The Minister said the scientists of ancient India, who lacked sophisticated tools or machines, developed accurate scientific concepts based on minute observations and logic. “Germans were the first to recognize Sanskrit as the language of science and scientific expression and this is one thing that modern Germany acknowledges about India” he added.
Mr. Javadekar said the scientific community gathered at the Congress should pay attention to the source material available in Sanskrit and use it for betterment of humanity. The Minister wondered when Germany could make use of ancient Indian concepts and adapt them to produce cutting edge inventions, what prevents India from doing so.
Speaking about India lacking in innovation and research, Mr. Javadekar said “our education system from primary level itself does not promote questioning the fundamentals. This system of rote learning hinders reasoning and inquisitiveness,” He said there is an urgent need to promote meritocracy, especially in the field of science education to prepare quality scientists, who in turn can contribute to nation’s development and welfare. An ability of a scientist should be measured by his/her ability to innovate rather than the length of his/her service.
Prof. S M Nimse, President, Indian Science Congress , Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University, Dr. Uma Vaidya , Vice Chancellor, Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Ramtek were among those present.