Blend Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom
Home Minister V.S. Acharya on Wednesday called for blending modern science with ancient wisdom of the country for enriching knowledge in various fields to help better the lives of people.
Participating at the inaugural session of a three-day 6th Kannada science convention jointly organised by the Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana and Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries’ Sciences’ University in Bangalore, Dr. Acharya maintained that scientific temper existed in the ancient times too.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the trend of modern educated people looking down upon traditional knowledge.
He said the State Government had decided to set up the Sanskrit University mainly to learn from the ancient wisdom in various fields. He even felt that there should be a scientific study on astrology.
He observed that it would be possible to create scientific temper in society only when awareness was created among everybody about science.
But this could happen only if such an effort was made through the mother tongue – Kannada.
The Minister stressed the need for simplifying complex “translated” words in Kannada as that would come in the way of easy communication.
In such cases, it would be better to use commonly used English words such as bus, police and engineer in Kannada also instead of translating them, he suggested.
Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Nallur Prasad R.K. said he would take steps to organise a separate session on science in the next annual State-level Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to promote science literature in Kannada.
He promised to bring out two books in Kannada on science if the organisers of the convention came out with relevant material.
Mr. Prasad stressed the need for learning from folklore wisdom. He recalled how even ordinary people in villages have some kind of traditional knowledge of medicines made out of plants.
K.I. Vasu, patron of Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana, and KVAFSU Vice-chancellor Suresh S. Honnappagol and Veterinary sciences college Dean S. Yathiraj were present.
H.A. Ranganath, Director of National Assessment & Accreditation Council, and Meera Kaushal, senior scientist, GTRE-DRDO were honoured on the occasion with the Visvesvaraya Vijnana Puraskara instituted by the Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana.