Kharagpur, Apr 17: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will be starting courses in ‘Vastu Shastra” for students of architecture as it believed that this branch of science formed the foundation of the traditional Indian architecture.
According to a report published in the Times of India, IIT Kharagpur, the oldest in the country believed that one has to learn the “Vastu Shastra” to become a “well-rounded architect”. Without understanding the basic concepts of this branch, this is not possible, hence the IIT-K will be introducing the rudiments to the first and second year undergraduate architecture students from this August.
The institute will also give detailed study of the subject to post graduation students and research scholars in infrastructure. The report also says that students will have to write assignments, projects and tests on the taught Vastu concepts.
According to the report, the faculty at IIT Kharagpur believe that when students are given education with Western background, they should also learn concepts in sync with ancient Indian architectural traditions. The faculty members, according to the newspaper, said that Vastu studies are not rooted in religion but have a scientific base and will provide platforms for students.
“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 concretisation. The concept of Vastu revolves around the healthy relationship of nature and infrastructure, hence its modern relevance,” Joy Sen, a faculty member of the institute was quoted by Times of India.