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New Delhi : Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on November 6, 2020, announced the Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge System to be set up at IIT Kharagpur.

Inaugurating the international webinar titled “Bharata Tirtha” organised by the Institute from November 6-8, 2020, Chief Guest  Pokhriyal congratulated the Institute for the continued work in various branches of Indian Knowledge System. IIT Kharagpur has attempted to introspect on the spirit of India, her challenges in the present time,s and taken the right measures through an initiative like Bharata Tirtha and research, he said, according to a PIB release.

Pokhriyal emphasised on education through mother tongue along with rejuvenation of Sanskrit to ease the educational process for the diverse people of India and draw from the rich educational heritage of India. Confirming the creation of a National Education Technology Forum to support technical education, he motivated researchers to take forward deeper studies in Indian scientific and linguistic heritage and access the historical educational resources which are still available.

Pokhriyal remarked, “Initiatives like Study in India, GIAN, GIAN+ and other funded research programmes could be the right resources to spread this to the global students and researchers community.” He further called for excellence in research to accentuate the quality of India which has sustained the culture despite the turmoil over centuries, according to a POB release.

Prof. Virendra K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, stressed on the need of acknowledging and incentivising research work on Indian Scientific Heritage by awarding the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. “SS Bhatnagar Prize is a dream goal for science and technology researchers in India. I would like to request Union Education Minister to contemplate on proposing to the Union Minister for Science & Technology to create a new vertical on Indian scientific heritage under this prestigious Prize,” he said.