Vedic research, Industry participation

Avoid Re-Search, Know What is already Known by Ved

Change the way science developments took place in last 150 years into a more focused, environmental friendly and self sufficient way. Let us start from where we left off 2000 years back. The Vedas was developed in Ancient India and which blossomed into culture and society of many during the time of Takshashila University (Older than 800 B.C. which ran up to 400 A.D.). 

The university accommodated more than 10,000 students at a time. Not only Indians but also students from as far as Babylonia, Greece, Syria, Arabia and China came to study. The university offered courses spanning. The panel of Masters included renowned names like Kautilya, Panini, Jivak and Vishnu Sharma.  To mention briefly the range of subjects taught in the University of Takshashila. (1) Science, (2) Philosophy, (3) Ayurveda, (4) Grammar of various languages, (5) Mathematics, (6) Economics, (7) Astrology, (8) Geography, (9) Astronomy, (10) Surgical science, (11) Agricultural sciences, (12) Archery and Ancient and Modern Sciences.

Another such university named Nalanda University was established in the 5th century AD and flourished till 12th century AD.

Thus, in context to today’s world we must avoid re-invent the science and practical knowledge already available in Ved. This will also empower us a highly rich source of knowledge and science which can become a necessity and part of our education, research, technology, industry and day to day work system. It is an effort here at Ved and Techs users to combine the use of Vedic knowledge into a library and use in every project / group activity. The possibilities are yet to be fully revealed to ourselves. Just to give some examples,

  • The Minerals and Metals knowledge mentioned in ‘Kautiliya (Chanakya) Arthasastra’ gave rise to Iron Pillar in Delhi dating back to 400 CE that even till today shows no sign of rust or decay
  • In the field of mathematics, Bhaskaracharya II (1114 - 1183 CE) contributed to the fields of algebra, arithmetic and geometry. Two of his most well known books are Lilavati and Bijaganita, which are translated in several languages of the world. In his book, Siddhant Shiromani, he expounds on planetary positions, eclipses, cosmography, and mathematical techniques. Another of his books, Surya Siddhant discusses the force of gravity, 500 years before Sir Isaac Newton. Sage Sridharacharya developed the quadratic equation around 991 CE.
  • Knowledge of botany (Vrksh-Ayurveda) dates back more than 5,000 years, discussed in India's Rig Veda. Sage Parashara (100 BCE) is called the "father of botany" because he classified flowering plants into various families, nearly 2,000 years before Lannaeus (the modern father of taxonomy). Parashara described plant cells - the outer and inner walls, sap colour-matter and something not visible to the eye - anvasva. Nearly 2,000 years -later Robert Hooke, using a microscope described the outer and inner wall and sap colour-matter.
  • Sage Kanad (circa 600 BCE) is recognized as the founder of atomic theory, and classified all the objects of creation into nine elements (earth, water, light or fire, wind, ether, time, space, mind and soul). He stated that every object in creation is made of atoms that in turn connect with each other to form molecules nearly 2,500 years before John Dalton. Further, Kanad described the dimension and motion of atoms, and the chemical reaction with one another.
  • In the field of chemistry alchemical metals were developed for medicinal uses by sage Nagarjuna. He wrote many famous books including Ras Ratnakar, which is still used in India's Ayurvedic colleges today. By carefully burning metals like iron, tin, copper, etc. into ash, removing the toxic elements, these metals produce quick and profound healing in the most difficult diseases.
  • In the field of medicine (Ayurveda), sage Divodasa Dhanwantari developed the school of surgery; Rishi Kashyap developed the specialized fields of paediatrics and gynaecology. Lord Atreya, author of the one of the main Ayurvedic texts, the Charak Samhita (Circa 8th - 6th century BCE), classified the principles of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, embryology, blood circulation and more.
  • Sage Sushrut is known as the "Father of surgery". Even modern science recognizes India as the first country to develop and use rhinoplasty (developed by Sushrut). He also practiced amputation, caesarean and cranial surgeries, and developed 125 surgical instruments including scalpels, lancets, and needles. He authored Sushrut Samhita (Circa 5 - 4th century BCE) and discussed more than 300 types of surgical operations.
  • Sage Aryabhatt (b. 476 CE) wrote texts on astronomy and mathematics. He formulated the process of calculating the motion of planets and the time of eclipses. Aryabhatt was the first to proclaim the earth was round, rotating on an axis, orbiting the sun and suspended in space. This was around 1,000 years before Copernicus. He was a geometry genius credited with calculating pi to four decimal places, developing the trigonomic sine table and the area of a triangle. Perhaps his most important contribution was the concept of the zero. Details are found in Shulva sutra. Other sages of mathematics include Baudhayana, Katyayana, and Apastamba.
  • Varahamihr (499 - 587 CE) was another eminent astronomer. In his book, Panschsiddhant, he noted that the moon and planets shine due to the sun. Many of his other contributions captured in his books Bruhad Samhita and Bruhad Jatak, were in the fields of geography, constellation science, botany and animal science. For example he presented cures for various diseases of plants and trees.

There are two unique aspects to India's ancient scientists. First their discoveries are in use today as some of the most important aspects of their field; and are validated by modern technological machines. Second, their discoveries brought peace and prosperity rather than the harm and destruction of many of our modern discoveries.

Call for Industry involvement

The lack of inventions and technological developments in India is mainly due to improvements required in University R&D centers, Industrial financed projects and value of teachers. It can be compared to other countries in which universities get million dollars of investment in a single R&D centre every year.

It is very vital for the profit makers and the company owners to realize the great need of investment in the research and developments and bear its fruit with the society around them. Ved and Techs would encourage its users to work on their groups and projects and invite the industry.

Modern science, International developments & experience

It is necessary to have availability of libraries, books, knowledge, research, technological developments with you to avoid re-work.

Open source platform for collaboration of knowledge and science is the way to go in order to compliment each other’s developments.

You can start a group or sub-group and add links/details to libraries, research centers and publications. You could also request access from them for educational purpose and provide details in your group page.