MoU signed for student exchange and joint research in Samskrit and Indic knowledge

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Pune: Samskrit language and other aspects of Indic knowledge such as Yoga, Ayurveda and natural farming have been increasingly becoming popular off late, among students and professionals alike. The MoU recently signed between MIT School of Vedic Sciences (SVS) and Ramtek-based Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU) is therefore an important step that will not only benefit the academia, but also promote application oriented research in Indic knowledge.

Exchange and Resource Sharing

With natural synergies between the two institutions, this historic, one-of-a-kind collaboration between Samskrit scholars and modern scientific educators will bring the necessary complementary skills needed for effective contemporary exploration of Indian knowledge. This will benefit the students as well as the society at large with practical applications of India’s traditional knowledge. MITSVS and KKSU have decided to work this out in the following ways.

· Faculty Exchange: The MoU will enable the faculty of both institutions to participate in course design, teaching, research, development and related programs of each other, as allowed by their respective rules.

· Resource Sharing: Both institutes will share their facilities and infrastructure to conduct courses, programs, conferences and workshops of mutual benefit.

· Student Exchange: The MoU will enable students of both institutions to enrol for courses or work on internship projects offered by the other institution. For instance, MITSVS works on several technology projects requiring deep shaastra expertise, which can be contributed by students of KKSU, even as they get trained in modern technology. Similarly, students of design, architecture, food technology and arts at MIT-ADT University (of which MITSVS is a constituent) could enrol in courses offered by KKSU that are relevant to their projects. Student stipends will be borne by their parent institution.

Joint Research and Courses

The MoU will also pave the way for joint academic and research activities, which will enhance the career prospects of students and add value to the domain knowledge.

· Joint Research Proposals: Research would be jointly undertaken through grants received from funding agencies, both public and private.

· Joint Courses: The MoU will enable transfer of credits between courses of the institutions for the benefit of students. This way, either institution can offer courses for which it does not have the needed resources.

· Joint Events: This will involve conducting joint shaastra workshops, conferences and events at the national and international levels that would showcase and enhance India’s knowledge base and its utility to the society, utilizing the combined expertise of both institutions.

Aspects of traditional shaastras such as Vaastu, Yoga, Sahitya, Vyakarana and Darshana need to be taught using modern technology such as shaastra maps, interpreters and e-material, which will be focussed upon by the two institutions. Workshops on Vedic research methodology and Samskrit are also on the anvil.

The honourable Registrar of KKSU, Dr Aravind Joshi, and the honourable Registrar of MITSVS, Dr Mahesh Deshpande, signed the MoU in Ramtek, in the presence of Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi, Vice-Chancellor, KKSU and Dr Sai Susarla, Dean, MITSVS.