Recognised as one of the oldest civilization in the world, Indian civilization has very strong and deep rooted tradition of science and technology which is multi-dimensional, covering manufacturing of the best steel in the world to the science of counting. India was the most active contributor to the science and technology before modern laboratories were set up. This can be substantiated through archaeology, linguistic analysis and genetic research. Theories and techniques, discovered by Indians, centuries back, have been further strengthened by modern science and technology. Some of the theories or techniques are either acknowledged or still unknown to the modern science. The known theories include – concept of zero, decimal system, numerical notations, Fibonacci numbers, binary numbers, chakravala method of algorithms, rural measurements, a theory of atom, heliocentric theory, wootz steel, smelting zinc, seamless metal globe, plastic surgery, catrac surgery, Ayurveda, iron rockets and many more.
Having deep roots in Vedas and ancient knowledge, India has potential to steer human life towards sustainable and human friendly solutions to the current state, which is volatile, uncertain and complicated, posing serious threat to the existence to human life and earth. Traditional Indian knowledge believes in oneness of the universe and the entire world is a single family. Indian knowledge system is significant when world is facing problems of inborn conflicts of modern science and technology. Science is nothing but the finding of unity. Science is bound to come to a conclusion that 'Manifestation and not the creation is the word of science today’. During the famous Chicago speech in 19 September 1893, Swami Vivekanand made a very significant observation and he opined that "From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta Philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes”.
Need of the hour is to have meaningful confluence of Vedic and Modern science to understand insight and to know its feasibility and to work for its integration. Vijnana Bharati, has taken initiative by organizing third Viśva-Veda- Vijñāna-Sammelanam. Vijnana Bharati, is a vibrant movement in India, which is working to inculcate scientific attitude and temperament among the people with the aim of nation building. This is the third edition of Viśva-Veda- Vijñāna-Sammelanam. First sammelan was held in Bengaluru (2004) and second took place in Banaras Hindu University (2007). We believe that Sammelan will help to turn a new leaf in the history of science and technology with the help of ancient and rich Indian knowledge.
Tṛtīyam Viśva-Veda- Vijñāna-Sammelanam (VVVS) will be jointly organized by Vijanana Bharati and Deccan College, a Pune based deemed university. It will take place from January 10 to January 13, 2018 on the campus of Deccan College. It has been organized to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand on January 12. The focal theme of VVVS is "Vedic and Modern Sciences: Insights, Interfaces and Integration". The objective is to provide a platform to researchers, scientists, individuals and institutions, working in oriental and modern sciences. Sammelan is expected to be a new beginning as it will have interdisciplinary scientific interactions to find out solutions to the current problems.
Eminent experts and scientists from India and abroad will participate in the Sammelan. They will deliberate on various topics including Philosophy, Epistemology, Cosmology, Spirituality, Mathematics, Brain-Mind Consciousness, Archaeology, Anthropology, Architecture, Yoga and Health. Details are available on www.vvvs.co.in
Ved Vigyan Srushti will be prominent feature of the event. This is an expo, which will showcase rich Indian scientific knowledge, traditions and culture. Expo will ignite a sense of respect and honour among the people about the rich Indian knowledge system and will restore self-esteem of the visitors. Expo will comprise of ancient Indian science and technology in the form of prototypes, working models, spinn off technology and displays.
Experts, scientists and professionals have agreed to participate in a series of plennaries, keynote, public talks and panel discussions. Dr Murli Manohar Joshi will deliver a key note address in the inaugural session while several scholars like Dr. Subhash Kak, a famous Indian American Computer scientist and indologist; Dr. Jeffrey Armstrong, a philosopher, Vedacharya and a founder of VASA- Vedic Academy of Science and Arts; Dr. M. K. Dhavalikar, an archaeologist; Dr. B. V. Doshi, an Architect; have agreed to deliver the plennaries.
Sammelan will provide an unusual opportunity to scientists and spiritual leaders to have dialogue. On various topics. NITI Aayog member Dr. V. K. Saraswat, renowned cardiologist Dr. B. M. Hegde and spiritual personalities like Swami Atmapriyanand, Swami Tejomayanand, Bhadresh Swami, Dr. David Frawley, and Dr. Pranav Pandya have agreed to participate in the dialogue.