India’s oldest and largest Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is set to introduce the study of basics of Vastu Shastra, the foundation of traditional Indian architecture, in its undergraduate, post graduate and research students of architecture from this August.
According to IIT Kharagpur, students cannot become a “well-rounded architect” without studying the basics of Vastu Shastra. While first year and second year undergraduate architecture students will study the rudiments of Vastu Shastra, postgraduate and research students of architecture will get a detailed grounding on the topic.
Earlier, Vastu Shastra was not a part of the syllabus for architecture students however while re-orienting the teaching-learning for the upcoming academic session, faculty members felt that since students are taught prevalent concepts in the West, they should also be familiar with ancient Indian architectural traditions. The faculty members also felt that ancient Indian concepts of Vastu Shastra have a scientific basis which will be helpful to the students.
Joy Sen, head of the Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM) of IIT-Kgp and a faculty member of the architecture department was quoted by Times of India as saying “Times are changing and across the globe there is a renewed interest in ancient Indian knowledge. So, it is natural that we will tweak our syllabus to include Vastu in architecture and infrastructure classes.”
Other departments would also be taught Vastu Shastra, Sen described. “For PG infrastructure course, we will have BTech students from departments of architecture, civil, electrical, mechanical and even management graduates. So, at this level, we will have a greater variety to address.”
“Vastu Shastra has its beginnings in Rig Veda and is scientific in its tenor. Today, the whole world is looking at green living, thanks to the way we are suffering due to erratic concretization. The concept of Vastu revolves around the healthy relationship of nature and infrastructure, hence its modern relevance,” Sen said.