Sanskrit and its reflection in ancient science found resonance at the Indian Science Congress on Sunday. For the first time in a history of more than 100 years of the Congress, a long session was devoted to the relation between science and Sanskrit.
Titled 'ancient science through Sanskrit', the session delved into five topics - engineering applications of Indian botany, ancient Indian aviation technology, advances in surgery in ancient India, neuro-science of yoga and scientific principles of ancient Indian architecture and civil engineering.
Inaugurating the session, Union minister for environment, Prakash Javadekar, said that we should draw upon the knowledge of ancient Indian science concepts and explore possibilities of their application in the modern world.
"Scientists of ancient India, who lacked sophisticated tools or machines, developed accurate scientific concepts based on minute observations and logic," he said.
Uma Vaidya, session chairperson told HT, "This was a session for academic, secular and scientific enquiry."
While citing Sanskrit text, the paper mentioned that there were 32 secrets of science of aeronautics like the secret of para-shabdra graaha - listening to conversations in another plane - and an electric sound receiver.