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Exploring Indian Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications

Exploring Indian Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications

With the global shift towards understanding and acknowledging indigenous knowledge systems, it’s important that we also explore and understand the rich and diverse Indian knowledge systems. This INDICA Courses residential workshop will help you delve into various facets of the Indian knowledge system, comprehend its potential and its interconnectedness with various academic disciplines.

This free INDICA Courses residential workshop is more than just a learning opportunity for scholars, learners and enthusiasts; it’s an integral part of our ongoing faculty development program. As educators, we are always striving to stay abreast of shifts in global perspectives, which is why it’s crucial we understand and acknowledge indigenous knowledge systems, including those of our own rich and diverse Indian culture.

This immersive workshop serves as a professional development opportunity for faculty members. By participating, they can delve into various facets of the Indian knowledge system, comprehend its potential, and explore its interconnectedness with various academic disciplines. The insights gained will enhance their teaching skills, enabling them to provide students with a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of Indian knowledge systems.

Moreover, this workshop aims to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research. By exploring the Indian knowledge system’s interconnectedness with various academic disciplines, faculty members can draw from this rich knowledge pool in their respective fields, fostering innovative thinking and facilitating the integration of Indian knowledge systems into their curriculum.

Through this faculty development program, we are not just investing in the individual growth of our educators but also cultivating an academic environment that respects and promotes indigenous knowledge systems. Together, we can contribute to a more inclusive, diverse, and comprehensive understanding of the world.

3 days
Date & Time

1 September 2023 - 3 September 2023

Friday 3 PM IST-Sunday 3 PM IST

Friday, Saturday and Sunday


Enrollment Manual
Medium of Instruction
One year from the last day of the workshop
Contact Details



In the heart of India’s intellectual and spiritual heritage lies a diverse and profound system of knowledge. This rich system encapsulates everything from philosophy and metaphysics to mathematics, science, art, and beyond. As we strive to understand and navigate the complexities of the modern world, it becomes increasingly pertinent to revisit these ancient wellsprings of wisdom that have informed and shaped civilizations for millennia.

We are pleased to invite you to our free residential weekend workshop: “Exploring Indian Knowledge Systems: Concepts and Applications”. This residential workshop is more than just a learning opportunity for scholars, learners and enthusiasts; it’s an integral part of our ongoing faculty development program. This retreat is aimed at scholars, academicians, educators, enthusaists and anyone interested in exploring the profound depth and breadth of Indian knowledge systems.

Over the course of this weekend, we will immerse ourselves in engaging discussions and interactive workshops designed to deepen our understanding of Indian knowledge systems and explore their potential applications in contemporary society and academia.

From understanding the philosophical underpinnings of this intricate system, to appreciating its scientific perspectives, and brainstorming its practical applications to modern challenges – this retreat promises a holistic exploration of Indian knowledge systems.

Whether you are an expert in the field, an enthusiast, or a curious explorer – we believe this retreat will offer meaningful insights and stimulate thoughtful discourse. It is also a wonderful opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and foster collaborative efforts towards integrating Indian knowledge systems into mainstream academia.


  • To promote understanding and appreciation of the Indian knowledge system among scholars, academicians, and other interested individuals
  • To provide a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas, and scholarly engagement on the Indian knowledge system
  • To explore the applications of Indian knowledge systems in contemporary society and academia


By the end of the retreat, participants are expected to have a deeper understanding of the Indian knowledge system and its relevance and applications to various fields. This will ideally also inspire future research and applications of these systems in their respective academic disciplines.


Day 1: Introduction and Foundations

  • Arrival and Settling In
  • Welcome Address & Overview of the Retreat
  • “Unveiling the Indian Knowledge Systems”
  • Interactive Session: “Exploring the Foundations of Indian Knowledge Systems”
  • Dinner and Informal Discussions

Day 2: Exploring the Breadth of Indian Knowledge Systems

  • Yoga and Meditation Session (Optional)
  • Breakfast and Informal Discussions
  • “Philosophical Roots of Indian Knowledge Systems”
  • “Scientific Perspectives in Indian Knowledge Systems”
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Workshop: “Applying Indian Knowledge Systems to Modern Challenges”
  • Discussion: “Integrating Indian Knowledge Systems in Academia”
  • Dinner and Informal Discussions

Day 3: Reflecting and Looking Forward

  • Yoga and Meditation Session (Optional)
  • Breakfast and Informal Discussions
  • Group Activity: “Ideas for Future Research in Indian Knowledge Systems”
  • Closing Remarks and Reflections
  • Lunch and Departure


A week following the workshop, a certificate of participation will be awarded. This certificate serves as a token of the knowledge gained during the workshop and can be downloaded from our portal. Participants will receive a notification on their registered email id.


Montfort Spirituality Center, Indiranagar, Bengaluru


The free workshop includes stay (shared accommodation) and food arrangements from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Travel grant will be offered to out of station participants. Participants are expected to report to the venue by 2 PM IST.


B. Mahadevan

B. Mahadevan is a Professor of Operations Management at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he has been teaching since 1992. He was the founding Vice Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, a University for Sanskrit and Indic Knowledge. He was also the Dean (Administration) of IIMB and a member of the Governing Board of IIMB for four years. Professor Mahadevan is also on the Board of IIM, Kashipur, IIT Madras, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan. He is also on the International Advisory Board of California Management Review. Earlier he was on the Board of the Indian Oil Corporation,

Professor Mahadevan received his M.Tech. & Ph.D. from the Industrial Engineering and Management Division of IIT Madras. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (production engineering) from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras.

Professor Mahadevan has more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in teaching, research, consulting, and academic administration at IIM Bangalore and other reputed institutions such as IIT Delhi and XLRI, Jamshedpur. He was a visiting scholar at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1999–2000. Professor Mahadevan is on the board of trustees of some NGOs providing valuable community and social service. He is on the International Advisory Board of California Management Review.

Besides being on the advisory boards of several business schools and management journals in India, Professor Mahadevan has published several of his research findings in leading international journals such as California Management Review, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Production and Operations Management Journal, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Technology Management, Asian Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Yoga, Vikalpa, South Asian Journal of Management and IIMB Management Review.

His research interests include supply chain management issues in e-markets and e-auction and Design of Services with customer co-creation of value, Management Paradigms from Bhagavad Gita and other ancient Indian wisdom. Professor Mahadevan has been recognized for his excellence in teaching both at IIM Bangalore and outside. He was also conferred the ICFAI Best Teacher Award by the Association of Indian Management Schools in 2005. Prof. Mahadevan was one among the 40 nominated globally for the Economic Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Business Professor of the Year Award, 2012.

Apart from his bestselling book Operations Management: Theory and Practice, Professor Mahadevan is also the author of The New Manufacturing Architecture. His latest book, Introduction to Indian Knowledge System: Concepts and Applications, published by PHI Learning, is the first of its kind in the country. Professor Mahadevan has been playing a very significant role in the field of Sanskrit and Samskriti for the past 20 years.