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Coming soon to IIT Kharagpur: A course in Vastu Shastra

IIT Kharagpur will soon introduce courses in the traditional Hindu system of architecture, Vastu Shastra

education Updated: Apr 17, 2017 16:34 IST
IIT Kharagpur,Architecture,Prof Joy Sen
Prof Dr Joy Sen (third from right) at a workshop, Vastu in Global Perspective, held at IIT Kharagpur recently. (Handout)

In an attempt to explore India’s ancient roots in Vastu Shastra, IIT Kharagpur will soon introduce courses in the traditional Hindu system of architecture. It is a part of the institute’s Science and Heritage Initiative (SandHI) which will oversee the curriculum design.

To begin with it, lessons in Vastu Shastra will be merged with history of architecture I and II at the undergraduate level; and with facility planning and management at the postgraduate level.

Prof (Dr) Joy Sen, professor, architecture and regional planning and head of the deaprtment of IIT Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM) said there was “huge demand among new generations” for such a course.

News of IIT Kharagpur introducing the course had received “mixed reactions,” Prof Sen said. However, the “level of opposition and misunderstanding have diminished substantially with Western re-orientation to green living; low consumption pattern-driven lifestyle with yoga, green infrastructures, index of happiness incorporation, and other green practices,” he added. Apart from other aspects of Vastu Shastra, students will learn everything about solar principles, ecological elements (integrated green living based on symbiosis with forests, biota, flora, flauna) and the biotic system (human-environment networking).

Placements of students, Prof Sen said, would also not be a problem as they would have a “hold on national heritage principles on ecological systems and climatological sciences”.

A workshop organised by RCGSIDM on Vastu in Global Perspective recently had invited Vastu experts from around the country. “It’s both a cultural and social continuity to a chain of events that had taken place (through) hard labour,” he added. The roots of SandHI,of which Prof Sen is the principal investigator, were laid in 1999-2000, when a seminar and exhibition on the ancient wisdom of built habitat with solar (energy) and ecological correspondences, Vastu Vidya 2000 and MadhuVidya 2000, were held.

First Published: Apr 17, 2017 15:30 IST