IIT-Kharagpur to study Indian philosophy for solutions

IIT-Kharagpur to study Indian philosophy for solutions

IIT-Kharagpur to study Indian philosophy for solutions

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, is conducting a scientific investigation into core concepts of Hindu philosophy and spiritual practices to find answers to the problems of humanity.

The principles of ‘karuna’ (compassion) and ‘dana’ (generosity) in Hindu philosophy to ancient practice of ‘dhyana’ (meditation) for ‘moksha’ (liberation), are among the ideas which will be explored.

The premier technical institute has set in motion a scientific study on Indian ‘ragas’ and ‘sangeet’ of both Hindustani and carnatic genres, to ascertain “hidden features” in their traditional rendition and their effect on the audience.

A group of senior faculties of the institute is also engaged in developing a scientific rationale of Indo-European language systems through an “in-depth investigation” into the contentions that a Proto-Sanskrit was the mother of Indo-European language systems.

The Human Resource Development Ministry has assigned these research projects to the IIT-Kharagpur under an umbrella programme, ‘Sandhi’, launched during the UPA regime in 2013 to discover “ancient Indian knowledge” and their application in modern science and technology for development.

A scientific investigation into the Hindu philosophy of ‘moksha’ aims at “reviving” the “art of dying,” believed to have been developed by the Hindu spiritual masters in ancient India, to evolve an “End-of-Life Care strategy” to help those in deathbed “die peaceful,” according to the concept note of the project.

“India is going through a demographic and epidemiological transition. As a result, most aged in India are experiencing a highly protracted ‘medicalised death’ in acute care hospitals, entangled in tubes and machines. At the other extreme, there are many who are dying of abject neglect,” it noted. The proposed project is expected to provide guidelines in developing a model which would free hospitals of their care overload, optimise resources in end-of-life, build a continuum of care structure and create an interface with biomedicine and indigenous healing traditions, it added.

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