The Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM), an education wing of the RSS, is set to organise a three-day international conclave in Nagpur to develop a “Bharatiya” approach in research work in the country. This comes after the RSS pushed for the “Indianisation” of basic education in its suggestions for the new education policy.
The conference, Research For Resurgence, will begin on February 11. A series of papers under the categories “Bharatiya knowledge system, architecture, civilisation harmony, environment and humanities” are set to be presented during the event.
The selected papers include, Herbal renaissance: a journey of land folklore towards lab pharma; desi cow urine — sanjeevani for honeybees and human health; brain gym — an essential workout for creative output; therapeutic use of Vedic chanting, and appreciating the Indian temple architecture — an Indian viewpoint.
Organisers said the conference aims to shift the focus of education, including higher education and research, “from the self to nation building, social development and overall development of society”. They said information explosion and the consumer-driven spurt in technological advancement has posed new challenges. “The purpose of research in present day education has to be sublimated to the level of national regeneration,” said Vishram Jamdar, chairman of the board of governors of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, which is hosting the conference.
Jamdar said prominent speakers include Suhas Gopinath from the US, Datuk Jeyaindram Sinnadurai, health advisor to the Malyasia PM, and Anand Paranjpe from Canada. Participants will interact with AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe, NAAC director Dhirendra Pal Singh, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and vice-chancellors of 40 universities.
Mukul Kanitkar, the national organising secretary of BSM, said: “There should not be any structural method for researches. It should be flexible. We have found that Upanishads give 13 methodologies. There will be discussions on them.”