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Shastra Mining Projects By Indic Academy, MIT SVS & Veda Vijnana Gurukulam

Ancient India had a rich scientific tradition based on the tenets of evidence-based reasoning, strong emphasis on systematic thinking and real-world practice. Some of its insights are being discovered to be highly relevant and valuable even today – in mathematics, linguistics, logic, aesthetics, psychology, management and wellness sciences to name a few. India’s analogue of modern science is the shastra, which has a rigorous definition based on the concept of Yukti or rationality and rules to model real-world phenomena. All Indian shastras employ a common methodology of structured inquiry and discourse derived from its three native fundamental knowledge sciences – the science of language (vyaakarana), the science of discourse (mimamsa) and the science of inference (nyaya). India’s robust gurukula system of education has been preserving its rich native knowledge system across millennia, sometimes against immense odds. However, due to being cut off from its educational roots, modern Indians have lost touch with this rich knowledge base. Though many are realizing the need to reconnect with their roots, they face a hurdle due to being unfamiliar …

“MasterClass” Gifts By Indic Academy

MasterClass is an online-educational platform, which provides tutorials on various fields such as acting, fiction writing, music, film-making and many more. The tutorials and courses on MasterClass are all taught by experts and celebrities in their own fields. Some prominent names that have conducted online classes at MasterClass include Serena Williams, Gordon Ramsey, Malcolm Gladwell, Jodie Foster, Garry Kasparov etc. The instructor designs the curriculum for his MasterClass. Each class includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as possible. In addition, many students utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others’ work. Indic Academy has so far gifted the following MasterClasses to 38 promising writers – Indic Academy is now gifting three MasterClasses every month. One course will be gifted each by Abhinav Agarwal of Indic Book Club, Yogini Deshpande, editor-in-chief of IndicToday and Dimple Kaul, Director at the Centre …

बोधन-कुतूहलम् – A Sanskrit Online Teaching Contest

About बोधन-कुतूहलम् MIT School of Vedic Sciences, in collaboration with Indic Academy, Hyderabad has announced a contest titled bodhana kutūhalam for teaching the śāstras in Sanskrit. MIT SVS hopes to foster a community of young Sanskrit scholars who can teach in the Samskrit medium and to help boost the number of academically rigorous śāstra courses online. The focus shall lie on making the content and method of teaching śāstras more interesting and relevant to learners who’ve undergone modern education. Motivation Saṁskṛta teaching-learning has been one of the most underrated and underutilized spheres of higher education in our times. While some Saṁskṛta Universities cater to teaching and learning śāstras in Saṁskṛta medium, the ‘mainstream’ higher education is greatly blind to the potentials of Saṁskṛta as a medium of knowledge. The apathy of teaching a ‘language’ through a ‘different language medium’ is unique to Saṁskṛta! And this is widely prevalent in the modern universities all over our nation. That the products of this kind of learning form the upcoming Saṁskṛta teaching community is a concern that can …

Sastra Sabha & Second Convocation Of Indic Academy At Tenali

Sri Shiva Sundara Sadguru Sastra Sabha is an annual event held at Tenali, in Andhra Pradesh. This gathering is organized by the Sudharma Rakshana Parishat and it consists of several discourses on Indic Philosophy and it’s various branches such as Mimansa, Vedanta and more. Several Sanskrit scholars participate in these events. The Sabha also includes a convocation ceremony for the students who have cleared the annual Tenali exam. Indic Academy is providing scholarship support to 39 students who are studying vedanta, vykarna, mimamsa, tarka and other Shastras. Two students who have received Indic Academy’s scholarship are graduating this year; Shri T.K. Narasimhan, a student of the Tarka Shastra has been bestowed with the title of Tarkavidwanmanihi and Shri K. S. Maheswaran Namboodri has been given the title of AdvaitaVedanta Uddeepakaha. More Details about the Sastra Sabha and the Convocation Ceremony 9th March, 2019: Welcome Address by the Parishat President Discourses on Tarka Shastra 10th March, 2019: Discourses On Vedanta Shastra Discourses On Vyakarana Shastra Second Convocation At Indic Academy Hyderabad 11th March, 2019: Discourses On …

Re-Discovering Mata Sita & Her Relevance Today

The Global Peace Initative for Women(GPIW) and Jnana Pravaha are hosting a gathering titled “Rediscovering Mother Sita and Her Relevance Today” on March 8-9, 2019 in Varanasi, India. This gathering intends to be a reflection on the life message of Mother Sita as it relates to so many of our current challenges we face today. Sita is a beloved figure for Hindus around the world, as well as for non-Hindus throughout Southeast Asia. But the message of her life extends beyond these audiences and bears universal import, particularly relevant for the modern age when a new understanding of feminine wisdom and leadership is needed, and when we are facing an unprecedented ecological crisis. Mata Sita and Sri Ram were instrumental in setting the foundation for a new civilization during a time of transition from one era, or yuga, to another. We stand at a similar time in history, where we are experiencing the passing of one era and intuitively feel the birthing of another, as yet unknown. One thing seems certain, however, that the new society we …

Shankara Jayanthi At Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth is celebrating Shankara Jayanthi on Ugadi, April 6, 2019. The main objective of the event is to enable students to learn about Sankaracharya’s life, legacy and achievements. The keynote address of the event will be on Adi Shankaracharya, his impact on Indian culture, religion and philosophy, delivered by a renowned Sanskrit scholar. This will be followed by a play on the life of Adi Shankaracharya. Students will also present various cultural performances on the stage. The following events will also be held on this day: Vakyartha Sabha: This is a scholarly discussion on some piercing questions from the Indic traditions. 5 scholars from Sringeri and other centres of learning shall participate in the conversation. Inter-collegiate Elocution contest: This is a Sanskrit-English bilingual contest. Students from colleges/universities having Sanskrit programs will be invited to participate in the event. Winners will be awarded cash prizes. Inter-collegiate Quiz Competition in English About the Organisers Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) is a Deemed-to-be-University in the ‘de novo’ category, started in 2016. CVV, with its headquarters at Chinmaya International Foundation …

Sankranti Sabha At The Veda Vijnana Gurukulam

Veda Vijnana Gurukulam has been organising a yearly Shastric exam since 2001. This event is called the Sankranti Sabha. It is a traditional exam which is oral in nature, in which a student studies a prescribed text and appears before the examiner. On the 2nd of February such an exam was held in the Gurukulam. On this day, the exam was conducted for 60 students studying in 7 different classes. Scholars from Vedanta, Vyakaranam, Nyaya and Purva-mimamsa disciplines were invited as examiners. Advaita Vedanta texts like the Shankara Bhashyam of the Prasthanatrayam and Vedanta-paribhasha were prescribed. In Vyakaranam Siddhanta Kaumudi, Mahabhashyam, Paribhashendushekharah and Laghu Shabdendushekhara were given to the students. The process of examination was a whole day affair. A small inaugural function was followed by the exams. which began at around 9:30 am. Each student was called up and examined individually. The teachers of the particular discipline were also present to gauge the performance of the student. The examiners also noted down the positives and negatives of each students performance. This was later discussed …

Mahabharata Immersion Workshop

Our personal energy is immense and can act in heroic ways, however, it is often locked up in our subconscious self. The Mahabharata Immersion is an invitation to experiment with oneself, delve unto the depths of the invisible, the in-articulated and the disowned parts of ones self by donning the traditional masks from the Koothu tradition. The Mahabharata Immersion Workshop is intended to enable the participant to engage with inner work and the Purana fron an “inside -out” location. One wears the masks of the Heroes and in playing out the archetypal drama that occurs at various turning points, views oneself in the mirror of the emerging “here and now re-play” of the eternal motifs of life and relationships with significant others. This programme offers participants the opportunity to: Discover and foster one’s hidden heroic potential Introspect upon the relationship between outer and inner process Develop a personal foundation of Role effectiveness, interpersonal ethics and interpersonal discipline Introspect upon the way one holds and gives meaning to one’s mission in life The Learning Theatre An …

Music and Artificial Intelligence – Workshop on Computational Music

Can music be coded? Can computer create music? Can you train a computer to create music? Rishihood University in collaboration with Indic Academy brings a workshop on Computational Music by Vinod Vidwans on 23rd & 24th February, Gurgaon. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, whether a musician or a technocrat, this is an intriguing workshop on artificial intelligence and music to find the answers. Prof. Vinod Vidwans has a PhD from IIT Bombay on Creativity as Design Intelligence. He is a multifaceted person commanding skills in fine arts such as Painting, Calligraphy, Hindustani Music, Graphic Design, User Interface Design, New Media design etc. on the one hand and skills in computer coding particularly in the areas of language technologies, web development, Artificial Intelligence etc. on the other. He is passionate about the theoretical knowledge embedded in ancient Indian Shastras such as VyaakaraNa, Yoga, Alankaarashaastra, sangeetashaastra, naaTyashaastra etc. along with practical aspects of them. Combining all these skills and knowledge, he did experiments in imparting creativity to machine, i.e., computer. About the Workshop Prof. …

Tutorial on Vedic Social Sciences

School of Vedic Sciences, MIT-ADT University, Pune in collaboration with Indic Academy announces a first of its kind two day tutorial on Vedic Social Sciences on Feb 23 – 24, 2019 (Sat, Sun) 9.30am to 5pm. Social science is the systematic study of human society and social relationships to predict social behavior. A comprehensive understanding of human psychological makeup and motives is crucial to deconstruct social behavior and address the multiplying social distress. This tutorial highlights the social and cultural biases inherent in mainstream social sciences and humanities today. It presents the Vedic approach and how it can transform the discipline in a fundamental way. The motivation behind this programme is – while the scientific community tries hard to keep the subjective bias out of its process, it is now well recognized that the social and cultural background of the researcher can greatly influence the methodology adopted in pursuing knowledge and the conclusions drawn. Their influence is more pronounced in mainstream social sciences and humanities, which have largely evolved under European social conditions. The academic world …