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Petition asks AICTE to withdraw book making "outlandish" claims on history of Indian science

By Our Representative
A petition to Prof Anil Sahsrabuddhe, Chair, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), has taken strong objection to AICTE’s endorsement of the book "Bharatiya Vidya Sagar" for an elective course on on ‘Ancient Knowledge Systems’ as part of its model curriculum. This model curriculum would be adopted in more than 3000 technical colleges in the country.
Floating the petiton, a concerned citizen, Aniket Sule, says, while the idea of making "technical students aware about history of Indian science and philosophy is a laudable", the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's reference book "makes a number of unsubstantiated and most outlandish claims".
These include Rishi Agastya invented elctro-voltaic cell, Rishi Agastya gives method of electrolysis to produce Oxygen and Hydrogen from water, Rishi Kanad in 'Vaisheshik Sutra' discusses types of motion as well as Newton’s laws of motion, the book ‘Vaimanika Shastra’ was written by Rishi Bharadwaj about 5000 years ago, the book ‘Vaimanika Shastra’ is authoritative text on not just construction on airplanes but also on navigation, aviation fuels and pilot preparation, the speed of light has been accurately mentioned in Rigveda, and the theory of gravitation has been first mentioned in Rigveda.
The petition states, "None of these claims are rooted in any real scholarship on history of Indian science. None of these claims have ever been published in any reputed research journals. All these claims stem from misunderstanding or deliberate mistranslation of philosophical verses or ascribing an ancient origin to verses composed in the last century. Several of these claims have explicitly been debunked over the years by respected academics."
Underlining that "the books such as these do a disservice to the goal of taking knowledge of ancient Indian sciences to students by spreading conspiracy theories and blatantly false information", the petition insists, " It is imperative that AICTE withdraws endorsement of this shameful book at once."
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