f IKS 101: Primer to Bharatiya Vijnana

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A Primer to Bharatiya Vijnana

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India has been a cradle not only to refined civilizational best-practices but also to multitudinous scientific developments. Evidence and knowledge of voluminous literature produced in Indian scientific pursuits has been well established by serious researchers. In contrast, there is prevalent ignorance about facts and feats that we have inherited.
Awakening Indians to Indian Sciences is important to build a better perspective about this land and its people, to own up to what is truly ours and align our actions in coherence with the vision and momentum set forth by the great Jnanis of our civilization. As we protect, preserve and celebrate various temples, monuments, artefacts and places of historic eminence, so too, we must preserve and protect intellectual breakthroughs in our Indian traditions through awareness, assimilation and dissemination.
Through a series of component courses, may we enlighten ourselves in a few "must-know" aspects about our rich scientific heritage.

Prof. Manjul Bhargava (Fields Medalist, 2014) at Princeton University says:
“Students in India should be taught about the great ancient Indian mathematicians like Paṇini, Piṅgala, Hemacandra, Āryabhaṭa and Bhāskara. Their stories and works inspired me, and I think they would inspire students across India. Many of these works were written in Indian languages in beautiful poetry, and contain important breakthroughs in the history of mathematics.”
In 1969 Sir C V Raman observes:
We have, I think, developed an inferiority complex. I think what is needed in India today is the destruction of that defeatist spirit. We need a spirit of victory, a spirit that will carry us to our rightful place under the sun; a spirit which will recognise that we, as inheritors of a proud civilisation, are entitled to our rightful place on the planet. If that indomitable spirit were to arise, nothing can hold us back from achieving our rightful destiny.
Fields Medalists and celebrated mathematician David Mumford asks:
Did you know that Vedic priests were using the so called Pythagorean theorem to construct their fire altars in 800 BCE?; that the differential equation for the sine function, in finite difference form, was described by Indian mathematician-astronomers in the fifth century CE?; and that "Gregory's" series π/4 = 1 - (⅓) + (⅕) - ... was proven using the power series for arctangent and, with ingenious summation methods, used to accurately compute π in southwest India in the fourteenth century?
Well! If all these surprise you, then this course is certainly for you.


  • Start date 17 June 2021
  • End date 19 December 2021
  • 7.00-8.30 PM IST on both Saturdays and Sundays
    Weekend 1 Day 7.00-8.00 AM: Yoga + Gita Chanting
  • Last Date: June 15, 2021
  • Fee: Rs. 3,500 | USD 100

Who can Apply

  • ~ Age Group: 20+ years
  • ~ Young graduates and college students seeking to understand Indian Knowledge Systems with a scientific temper
  • ~ Current or aspiring educators/administrators interested in scientific heritage in India and an alternative pedagogy to sciences
  • ~ Parents interested in educating their children about the scientific disciplines in India
  • ~ People passionate about making a positive difference in the education field

Focus Areas

  • ~ Exposure to curriculum that includes: Sanskrit, Ganitha, Ayurveda, Yoga and Nakshatra Vidya
  • ~ Advancements in mathematics, astronomy, medical sciences, language and social sciences that were made through many millennia in India
  • ~ Exposure to Indian scientific literature which are penned as either in the form of short sūtras or beautiful metrical composition in Sanskrit
  • ~ Delving directly into select source works of Indian masterminds including Āryabhaṭa, Bhāskarācārya, Piṅgala, Vāgbhaṭa and the likes
  • ~ All-round appreciation for the knowledge traditions, their unique pedagogy, remarkable scrutiny and creative presentation

150+ Hours of Learning

6 Component Courses

10+ Source texts


~ Each component course as part of the program will be offered for about 10-15 sessions spanning over 5-6 weekends with 1 hour morning and 1.5 hour evening sessions on each day
~ The courses are taught by subject experts and research scholars with extensive experience in their respective knowledge domains
~ Each component course involves lecture sessions, discussions, easy assessments and presentations
~ Beyond the lecture sessions, there would be micro-conferences scheduled for participants to present on select topics and readings provided in prior
~ The sessions are offered online with a planned physical conference/seminar towards the end of the program

Course Requirements

Assessment: Each course has mini-quizzes and an online assessment component. Wherever relevant, an oral assessment will be integrated

Certificate: Course Completion certificate will be provided to all participants. 90% attendance in morning Yoga/Chanting sessions and 90% attendance for lecture sessions is needed to obtain certificate.

Session Schedule

Morning Sessions On the weekends, Yoga and Chanting sessions will be offered in the morning from 7.00-8.00 AM IST

Evening Sessions Lecture sessions will be offered in the evenings from 7.30 -8.30 PM IST

Special lectures and seminars will also be arranged at convenient intervals

Curricular Components

Math and Astronomy

Gaṇitam (11 lecture sessions) presents the remarkable mathematical advancements made by Āryabhaṭa, Bhāskarācārya, Piṅgala and other key mathematicians covering a gamut of topics spanning number systems, estimation of irrational numbers, geometry, arithmetics, mensuration, linear and non-linear algebra, trigonometry, combinatorics and more
Nakṣatra Vidya (10 Sessions) is a masterclass in understanding the nuanced calculations and algorithms behind the astronomical calendrical system of India by studying select sections from the source text of Nilakaṇṭha Somayājī’s Tantrasaṇgraha with astonishing accuracy and modelling produced 6 centuries ago in India

Language and Social Science

Saṃskṛtam (11 lecture sessions) has been the predominant language of science and hence this course focuses on providing a foundational understanding of the language and a few conversational skills
Itihāsa and Nīti (10 Sessions) is a unique course that would impart values and aspects of social structures, civic life, governance and values through episodes and anecdotes from a plethora of ancient literature.
Chanting Participants will also be introduced to extensive chanting of Bhagavadgītā to get a glimpse of the oral tradition of India as well as for the merits of practicing Sanskrit chants which have well-researched neurocognitive benefits.

Health Sciences

Yoga Darśana (20 sessions) course is offered on the morning sessions of the weekends in order to present theoretical frameworks as well as practice sessions to nurture a vibrant mind and body. The sessions include Asana, Pranayama, Dharana and Dhyana.
Āyurveda (10 lecture sessions) course is designed to emulate the ancient pedagogy of this revered knowledge system by following the traditionally oft-used source text of Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya authored by Vāgbhaṭa to provide a sound foundation in wellness through both theory and practice

Course Faculty

Sh. Adinarayanan

A tapasvi and visionary, Sh. Adinarayanan inspires young people to take the inward journey, draw insights from the bharatiya parampara and act with clarity to solve contemporary problems. With more than a decade of teaching and research experience in the academia, Sh. Adinarayanan started Anaadi Foundation in 2015 for global well-being. He is an Adjunct Professor (of practice) at IIT Delhi.

Smt. Smrithi Adinarayanan

A tapasvini and hands-on person, Smt. Smrithi is the co-founder of Anaadi Foundation. She was formerly an academician and cognitive science researcher. Her expertise lies in envisioning and creating educational, well-being based and sustainable solutions to solve problems of the society.

Br. Sooryanarayan

Brahmachari Sooryanarayan leads the initiatives at Dharma Gurukulam. He is currently pursuing his PhD at IIT Bombay on Indian Astronomy and Mathematics under Prof. K Ramasubramanian. Br. Sooryanarayan has a gold medal in MBA from Amrita University and was the founding Director of EduSeva Technologies. He was with TCS and Amrita University E-Learning Lab before starting EduSeva.

Br. Prajna

Brahmacharini Prajna is an expert in Sustainability education and heads Anaadi Foundation's Center for Research in Ecology and Sustainable Technologies (CREST). An Electrical Engineer by education, Prajna is the Global Schools Ambassador at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and part of ESD Expert Net at Engagement Global - Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen. She is a practitioner and certified professional of Yoga.

Dr. Shivaani

Dr. Shivaani, currently volunteering at Anaadi Foundation, is an Ayurvedic doctor and educator. She completed her BAMS at Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Ayurveda College & Hospital. Passionate about serving the community and reviving traditionl knowledge of herbs and medicines, Dr. Shivaani is taking care of community programs at Anaadi Foundation and also teaching at Dharma Gurukulam.

Course Co-ordinators

Amarthya P Reddy and Jaswant Meena

Amarthya is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee and Jaswant Meena is an alumnus of IIT Delhi.

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