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Vedic Scientific Thinking

Vedic Scientific Thinking

With a view to inculcate scientific thinking and empathy in an entertaining and fun way to school children based on time-tested Indic wisdom, Indic Academy and IGENPLUS (https://igenplus.com) are launching a first-of-its-kind course series on Vedic Scientific Thinking, a.k.a. Scientific Thinking based on Vedic Insights. Within this larger perspective, this is a 2-month online level 1 course that is taught by a renowned young Vedic scholar, Sri J Suryanarayana who is an expert in Nyaaya, Sanskrit language and an expert debater himself.

This course has already been taught to high school children, and they just loved it and are going for the full series.

 

COHORT COURSE
Duration
Price

Medium of Instruction
English
Eligibility
13 to 18 years of age
Validity
One year from the beginning of the course
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Introduction

Modern-day parents want their children to imbibe scientific thinking and be innovators in whatever area they choose to pursue. However, today’s school education system focuses on informing the findings of science but not the method of scientific thinking and model-based reasoning in a formal way. India’s traditional education system used to have formal training in thorough mastery over language, vocabulary and poetic stories followed by the study of nyaaya (logic) and saankhya shaastras (cosmology). They equipped the student with systematic models to make logical sense of the world from matter to consciousness in one sweep. Their study hones three key skills of scientific thinking, namely, abstraction, classification and inference essential to become a creative scientist. Study of entertaining stories in pleasing, high quality language helps one develop keen aesthetic sense and sensitivity to both nature and fellow beings which is the basis of empathy and ethics.

With these key skills, children will be able to create their own scientific understanding of modern subjects instead of cramming theories handed down by others. They will also be ready for formal study of traditional Indic knowledge systems, which are monumental intellectual works with great potential for future application.

Syllabus

  • Comprehending the world through technically accurate words/phrases (Navya Nyaaya Shaastra).
  • Conceptual study of worldview according to Nyaaya-vaisheshika and Saankhya shastras for scientific categorization of the World and Human Nature.

Expected Outcomes

This course will open up a modern-day child’s mind to assimilate Bhaaratiya traditional scientific knowledge and train in scientific inquiry systematically.

 

Faculty
teacher

Prof J Suryanarayana

Prof. J. Suryanarayana aims to groom a new generation who can co-relate the values of Sanatana studies in contemporary world. His father, Shri. J. B. Sastry, instilled in him a love for study of both, Sanatana and Adhunatana (modern) disciplines. His traditional education spans Krishna Yajurveda Samhita, Vyakaranam and Advaita Vedanta. He has successfully completed the Maha Pariksha in Tarka Shastra (Nyaya).  He has a rare combination of modern as well as Vedic qualifications and is adept in languages of Samskrit, Telugu, Hindi, English, Tamil and Japanese.

He has won the following awards for his work in Vedic Sciences: Shastra Kalanidhi by Governor, Madhya Pradesh; Tarka Ratnam and Vidwan Mani by HH Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swami, Head, Kanchi Mutt; and Veda Vidya Varishta by VSR Foundation, Hyderabad.

His mainstream qualifications include BA (Samskrit), MA (Samskrit), MA (Nyaya Siromani), and MPhil, PG Diploma in Manuscriptology, and is currently pursuing Doctorate studies. His research work includes

critical editing and commentary on ‘sAkshAtkAratva-lakShaNa vichAraH’ as a thesis in University of Madras
commentary on ‘kAraka vichAraH’, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati
critical editing of ‘Navyamata vichAraH’ and ‘pratibadhya pratibandhaka vichAra’.

His diverse experience includes teaching at  Sri Venkateswara Veda Paathashala, Hyderabad; He is an adept online tutor including handling NRI students. Proficient at developing good audio video content, his clients include Hindupedia, Vyoma Pathashala.. His works have been published in śāstrārthadīpikā and māṇikyaprabhā magazines.

He is currently Assistant Professor at MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, INDIA.