National Youth Conference on Indian Knowledge Systems 2024

CVV organised a unique national conference on Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS), especially targeting youth and young adults in the age group of 15-35 years, from 15-17 May 2024 at the CEG campus, Ernakulam. The conference was held in collaboration with the IKS wing of the Ministry of Education at AICTE.

12 resource experts gave invited talks and 58 students presented papers as posters. There was a cultural event consisting of music and dance performances.

The purpose of the conference was multi-fold –

  • CVV is in the  de novo category of UGC
  • The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also captures this spirit and has given a much-needed thrust not only for the inclusion of Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) in the national curriculum and pedagogy but also for promoting authentic research and innovation in the domain to address the challenges and concerns of the 21st century.
  • To help the faculty get new ideas on the incorporation of IKS in their curriculum.
  • To encourage deep study of different themes of IKS.
  • To provide young scholars and researchers a platform to present their learning and ideas.
  • To facilitate a bridging of ancient and modern perspectives on IKS.
  • To bring about an attitude shift towards the contemporary relevance and future possibilities of IKS.

 

At the national level, this is the third time that a conference of this nature has been conducted in Bharat and the second time that CVV is conducting this conference. The first conference was organised by CVV in February 2022 and attracted national-level attention.

Historically, Bharat has been an incubator for ideas in different spheres of human life—political, social, economic, cultural and scientific. The discoveries and innovations made over centuries reveal India’s rich heritage of scientific inquiry—in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, metallurgy, textiles, health, shipbuilding, town planning, textiles and more. For example, advances in chemical sciences many centuries ago allowed us to produce some of the highest grades of metals and alloys in the world. With its intellectual heritage and current prowess in different knowledge systems, combined with a tradition of innovation with sustainability, India now has an opportunity to become a leader in different fields. Over the past decade, there has been an increasing interest in Indic thought and wisdom as the flaws and limitations of the current model of individual and societal development have become apparent. Concepts such as sustainability, inclusivity, and values have gained prominence, leading to a surge of interest and initiatives in exploring and comprehending the knowledge traditions of ancient India, which were built upon these very principles. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 aligns with this spirit, emphasizing the importance of integrating Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) into the national curriculum and pedagogy, as well as fostering genuine research and innovation in this field to address the challenges and concerns of the 21st century.

Indic thought and wisdom have been in greater demand over the last decade with the world increasingly realising the flaws and limitations of the current model of individual and societal development. With sustainability, inclusivity, and values being the buzzwords, there has been great enthusiasm and initiative to explore and understand the knowledge traditions of ancient India which modelled themselves on the very principles. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also captures this spirit and has given a much-needed thrust not only for the inclusion of Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) in the national curriculum and pedagogy but also for promoting authentic research and innovation in the domain to address the challenges and concerns of the 21st century. It is essential to encourage, guide and curate platforms and opportunities, especially for young scholars and researchers.

The conference invited young scholars in the age group of 15-35 years to present their thoughts and understanding on the following themes:

  1. Application of Ancient Engineering
  2. Science, Technology & Architecture
  3. Health, Wellness & Psychology
  4. Public Administration & Governance
  5. Arts, Music & Dance

The conference received nearly 200 abstracts. Out of the 200, around 90 were chosen for the presentation. Of which 58 were presented in the form of posters

This forum brought together distinguished personalities and young scholars from across the nation to discuss their innovative ideas and diverse topics pertaining to the intersection of ancient and modern perspectives of Indian Knowledge Systems.

The inaugural session began with a beautiful rendition of CVV kulageetham which was followed by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. The welcome address was delivered by Prof Sampath Kumar Head of Linguistics and Literary Sciences (LLS). This was followed by the presidential address by Prof. Ajay Kapoor, Vice chancellor, CVV and the keynote address by Prof. Ganti S Murthy, National Co-ordinator of IKS @ MoE, AICTE, GoI. Prof. Sunitha Grandhee gave an overview of the whole conference.

This was followed by six thematic workshops.

Ancient Engineering : Artificial Intelligence -Past, Present & Future

Speakers
  • Swami Sharadananda, Chinmaya International Foundation
  • Dr. Anand Hareendran Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth
  • Dr. Arun Surendran, Strategic Director & Principal of Trinity College of Engineering Trivandrum

Sanskrit language and integration to various IKS subjects

Speakers
  • Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Academic Director, Chinmaya International Foundation
  • Prof. L. Sampath Kumar, Head, School of Linguistics & Literary Studies, CVV

Public Administration & Governance

Speakers
  • Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, Director, Chanakya International Institute of Leadership studies
  • Dr. D. K. Hari, Founder, Bharath Gyan (www.bharathgyan.com)
  • Dr. D. K. Hema Hari, Founder, Bharath Gyan (www.bharathgyan.com)
  • Dr Subbarao Jayanti, Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak, India

Health, Wellness & Psychology

Speakers
  • Prof. Ramesh Pattni, Professor Emeritus, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage, CVV
  • Dr. Anuradha Choudry, Coordinator, IKS Division of Ministry of Education, Govt. of India

Music & dance lecture demonstration of facets of Mohini Attam and Carnatic music

Speakers / Artists
  • Dr. Abha Mohan, Assistant Professor, School of Contemporary Knowledge Systems, CVV
  • Dr. Prabhavathy P. N., Assistant Professor, School of Kalayoga

Science, Technology & Architecture

Speakers
  • Dr. Harsha Simha, Associate Professor, Department of Avionics, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

In addition to the invited talks, there were paper presentations on the following themes –

  1. Application of Ancient Engineering
  2. Science, Technology and Architecture
  3. Health, Wellness and Psychology
  4. Public Administration and Governance
  5. Arts, Music and Dance
The valedictory function was held on 17th May 2024. Dr. Anuradha Chowdry and Prof. Gauri Mahulikar were the guests of honour. The prize winners were announced for the various paper presentations. Eminent academicians evaluated the oral (paper) and poster presentations based on merit. Three winners from each of the categories are as follows –
Conference Advisory Committee
  • Patron:  Dr. Ajay Kapoor, Vice Chancellor, CVV
  • Members:
  1. Dr. Pasala Geervani, Pro Chancellor, CVV
  2. Dr. Apparao Mukkamala, Member, Managing Trustee, CVV Trust

Conference Organising Committee
  • Convenor: Dr. Sunitha Grandhee, Dean Academics and Director, Centre for Excellence in Applied Indian Knowledge Systems, and Prof. Sampath Kumar, School of Linguistics and Literary Studies
  • Coordinators: Shri. Srinath Mohandas (Assistant Professor from the School of Ethics Governance Culture and Social Systems, CVV) and Dr. Dinta Muralidharan (Assistant Professor from the Philosophy, Psychology, School of Cultural Heritage, CVV).
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