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Year: 2023


pp xii+196

ISBN: 9789391978464(HB)

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This book is based on the knowledge that has been cultivated through thousands of years in the field of ancient Indian science. It aspires to present ancient Indian cultural practices and the scientific knowledge to the new generation. It covers the majority of the key facets of the Indian knowledge system which outlines certain ideas of value system, education, art, healthcare and trades & commerce in Indian sub-continent. Also, the Pancha Kosha framework which has an ancient Indian origin and huge relevance in its ability to provide a holistic perspective on human existence is well discussed in this book. It includes subject matter like Science of Happiness as per Bhagwad Gita, indigenous knowledge, traditions for value added education, the shad-darshanas, a Buddhist-Indic perspective, traditional Medicare system and its relevance etc. The Ancient Indian Knowledge, its rich heritage, holistic approach, values-based teachings, timeless wisdom, and global significance will help in creating a more harmonious, sensitised and just society.

This book will act as a catalyst in various knowledge domains in creating awareness and developing appreciation towards Indian culture and knowledge among the Indians and global society.

About Author

Prof. Saroj Sharma


 National Institute of Open Schooling, Noida, India

M.Sc. (Botany), M.A. (Sociology),

M.Ed., M.B.A., M.Phil & Ph.D. (Education)


Dr. Bal Krishna Rai

Deputy Director (Academic)

 National Institute of Open Schooling

M.A. Hindi, M.A. (Mass Communication),

M.Phil & Ph.D. (Hindi)


 Dr. Sunita Joshi Kathuria

Consultant (Research & Evaluation)

M.Sc. (Biology), M.A. (Psychology),

M.Ed. & Ph.D. (Education)


Foreword v

Preface vii

Indigenous Knowledge and Concerns in Education 1

Saroj Sharma and Sunita Joshi Kathuria

National Education Policy 2020 on Indian Traditional Knowledge / 6; Relevance of Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in the Curriculum / 8; Curriculum Concerns and Threats to Indigenous Knowledge / 12; Conclusion / 13


Integration of Indian Knowledge System in Educational Thought Process 17

Kumari Savita

Acquisition of Knowledge / 18; Knowledge based Education / 19; Importance of Knowledge based Education for Self / 20; Ancient Education and Modern Knowledge based Education in India / 21; Recommendations of National Education Policy 2020 for Knowledge based Education / 25; Conclusion / 26


Essentials of Ancient Indian Traditions for Value-Added Education 28

Avinash Barman

Ancient Indian Education System / 29; Education in Vedic Tradition / 30; Education in Buddhist Tradition / 35; Characteristics of Ancient Education / 38; Conclusion / 39


The Science of Happiness: A Perspective from the Bhagwad Gita 42

Sakshi Vermani Rishi

Introduction / 42; Studies on Happiness / 43; Research on Happiness at Work / 44; The Science of Happiness / 44; Psychology behind the Types of Happiness / 46; Ingredients of Happiness / 47; Happiness Perspective from the Bhagwad Gita / 47; External Happiness/Bliss / 48; Inner Happiness/Bliss / 49; Relationship between Happiness and Gunas / 50; Discussion / 51; Conclusion / 52


Artistic Self and Creative Duty in Innovative Teaching: Some Lessons from Buddhist-Indic Perspective 55

Pratik Sagar

Introduction / 55; Self-introspection as a Creative Function / 57; Lessons from the Past / 59; Creative Expression10 Based Interpretive Pedagogy (CEIP) / 63


Indian Traditional Medicare System 73

Saroj Sharma and Sunita Joshi Kathuria

Medicare Practices of Different Periods / 74; Introduction to the Indian Traditional Medicare System / 78; Ayurvedic Model of Curing and Healing / 79; Naturopathy Model of Curing and Healing / 81; Siddha Model of Curing and Healing / 82; Indian Traditional Medical System: Post-Independence Scenario / 83; Ancient is the New Modern: Relevance of Indian Traditional Medical Practices in Contemporary Times / 86; Conclusion / 89


Buddhist Educational System and its Peculiarities 92

Shubham Mahesh Gajbhiye

Features of Buddhist Education / 93; Differential Education / 95; Acharya (Guru) – Antevasi (Disciple) Relationship / 96; Medium of Education Employed in the Spread of Buddhism / 97; Conclusion / 100


Traditional Healing and Therapeutic Practices of India 102

Sunita Joshi Kathuria

Healing and Healing Models: An Introduction / 103; Indian Folk Healing Practices / 105; Indian Therapeutic Practices / 108; Findings of International Research on Traditional Medicare Practices / 121; Conclusion / 122


A New Kosmology: An Indic Enterprise 126

L. Anthony Savari Raj

Need for a New Kosmology / 126; Cosmology, Kosmology and Conflict of Cosmologies / 127; Cosmotheandric Kosmology / 130


Indian Temple and Vastu Shastra: A Perspective for Sustainable Architecture 134

Sunita Joshi Kathuria and Saroj Sharma

Introduction / 134; Architecture in Different Periods in India / 135; A Perspective from Ancient Indian Temples for Sustainable Architecture / 139; Vastu-Shastra / 143; Different Styles of Temple Architecture / 151; Influence of Religion on Architecture / 153; Conclusion and Discussion / 154


Relevance of Vaisheshika Sutra on Contemporary Environmental Issues 159

Ajay Kumar, J. P. Narayan and Aditi Agrawal

Introduction / 159; Conclusion / 166


Ancient Roots of the Modern Management and Leadership Practices 168

Saurabh Chandrashekharan

The Bhagavad Gita as Art and Science of Management / 168; Leadership Lessons / 171; Conclusion / 173


Journey of Inclusive Education in India: Then and Now 174

Jasmeet Kaur

Transition from Inclusion to Exclusion / 175; Transition from Exclusion to Integration / 176; Transition from Integration to Inclusion / 177; Milestones in India towards Inclusive Education / 179; Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWD) 2016 / 182; National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 / 185; Conclusion / 186; References / 187


Index 190

Editor and Contributors 194

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