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Learning Through the Indian Scriptures : Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to Offer Lessons on Ancient Indian Texts and Literature

The essence of the BAK programme lies in the fact that students are unaware of ancient Indian texts that still hold relevance.

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The Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) under Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was set up to study, preserve and promote ancient knowledge. Wikimedia
  • The Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) was founded one and a half years for the study, preservation and promotion of ancient Indian texts
  • BAK plans to educate students and teachers about Vidur Neeti, Chanakya Neeti, and the Vedic sciences, skills and techniques
  • Students can attend discussions and seminars by research scholars and further awareness and inculcate understanding of ancient Indian arts and knowledge 

Varanasi, August 19, 2017: Chanakya authored the ancient Indian political treatise Arthashastra, and imparted invaluable lessons on self-regulation of human conduct in his Chanakya Neeti. Do these texts sound alien to you? Do you know about Vidur Neeti or sage Kamandak’s treatise on warfare management? To delve deep into such ancient Indian treasures, the  Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi is set to impart lessons about ancient Indian texts in scriptures and  literature.

On the initiative of BHU Vice Chancellor Prof. Girish Chandra Tripathi, the Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) was set up to study, preserve and promote ancient knowledge.

With an underlying aim of the promotion of Sanskrit and the sanskriti (culture), the BAK now plans to inform and educate students and teachers about Vidur Neeti, Chanakya Neeti, and the Vedic sciences, skills and techniques.

For the same, BAK has also appointed three centenary chair professors that include Prof. Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi, Prof. Yugal Kishore Mishra, and Prof. Rakesh Upadhyaya. Apart from them, five centenary research fellows have also been appointed to carry out researches in the ancient disciplines.

The organisation also plans to include foreign scholars to be involved in the research work in the future.

The centre plans to invite students of various departments to spread awareness and inculcate understanding of ancient Indian arts and knowledge by conducting seminars and lectures. The initiative by Banaras Hindu University aims to,

  • To preserve knowledge pertaining to ancient India by introducing students, professors and research scholars to ideas of state management and polity mentioned in the Chanakya Neeti and Vidur Neeti.
  • Promote multi-disciplinary studies and researches on subjects that are written about in the ancient Indian scriptures and are relevant for Indian studies.
  • To form pulsating research groups by encouraging teachers, scholars and students to delve deep into the rich Indian past that is largely ignored and rediscover lost treasures.

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According to a report by Hindustan Times, the academic programme will cover Vedic studies, Vedanga (including Jyotish, Dharmashastra and Puranas), 64 kalas (art forms) and 18 vidyas (skills or techniques).

It will also focus on six schools of Indian philosophy, Ayurveda (ancient medical science), arthshastra (economics), rajshastra (polity) apart from emphasizing on arts and aesthetics, and culture and civilizations.

As mentioned in the report by Hindustan Times, Prof. Sadashiv Dwivedi, coordinator, BAK said “Research on 64 kalas and 18 vidyas have already been completed. We will inform the students and professors about its importance in present times by holding a conference in the near future” where papers prepared by scholars will be presented and discussed in detail.

The centre has also planned to invite foreign students at various facilities of the BHU to these seminars and lectures by scholars to receive in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.

Each lecture is set to cover one topic.

According to Prof Dwivedi students and professors of management, political science, Vedic sciences, military sciences will be invited to various programmes for a discussion on ancient topics. “We will inform them why Sanskrit and ‘Bharatiya Sanskriti’ are equally important and complimentary to each other. One who knows Sanskrit will understand the essence of ancient texts,” he added.

The essence of the programme lies in the fact that students are unaware of ancient Indian texts that still hold relevance. Sage Kamandak gave Kamandak Neeti on warfare techniques and management however, not many people are aware of it. Thus, regular programmes at BAK will help and aim at generating interest among student and professors alike.

Professor Dwivedi also believes that the Sanskrit language lies at the centre of this initiative with students and scholars at BAK attempting to study and preserve ancient texts that have been written in Sanskrit while also promoting the language. “If the language flourishes, Indian culture will be further consolidated,” he believes.

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Chanakya: Illuminate Yourself with Top 12 Major Life Lessons from the World’s Greatest Royal Advisor

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Chanakya, traditionally identified as Vishnu Gupta or Kautilya. Wikimedia

– by Tusheeta Kaushik

July 9, 2017: Chanakya a.k.a Vishnu Gupta or Kautilya was greatly identified as an Indian Teacher, Philosopher, Economist, Jurist and a Royal Advisor. He strongly believed in the broadcasting of knowledge and not in storing it and authored the great ancient Indian political treatise “Arthashastra”. He knew the importance of education and at a very young age, studied and memorised the toughest scriptures known as the Vedas.

Known as a masterful Political Strategist, he never succumbed to the pressure tactics by cunning politicians. He believed good governance comes with peace and order which can be achieved through collaboration of different factors in a community. The first of these factors is a leader first rendering service to its people and then looking after it s own needs. The second factor is that a leader should be virtuous, must be a great example to his people and should have deference towards law.

According to the Arthashastra, there is a strong connection between good governance and the economy of a nation. As stated in the Summary on Kautilya’s Arthashastra: It’s Contemporary Relevance, “the end is economic governance while political governance is the means” (Chapter 2). It means that proper management and good governance has an effect on the economic aspect of a nation. The Arthashastra then serves as basic guidelines for the proper management of the economy of the country. Knowing how to manage resources, such as monetary funds, can contribute to the development of the economy.

Chanakya also helped in penning down certain gems of wisdom and integrity that are true even today and can be brought into use- such is the potency and effect of Chanakya’s thoughts on education, religionwisdom, and integrity that people still follow and practice them to live a meaningful and a tranquil life. Here are the life lessons to be read, and practised!

Here are the life lessons that everyone should read, learn and practice-

  1. a) Lessons on the basis of Integrity-




2. a) Lessons on the basis of Education- 



3. a) Lessons on the basis of Wisdom-



4. a) Lessons on the basis of Religion- 



– by Tusheeta Kaushik of Newsgram. Twitter: @TusheetaKaushik


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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Mahamana Superfast Express


Varanasi: Arriving in his constituency for the fifth time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Mahamana Superfast Express from Dreka ground today.

The train is named after Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Touring to and fro Varanasi and Delhi via Lucknow covering a distance of 800km in not more than 14 hours, the train will function thrice a week.

The train is fully equipped with the modern facilities with dustbins and bio-toilets in every coach fitted with led screen.

The ‘twitter’ handle of Northern Railways was seen covering the arrival of the PM for inauguration of the train:

The PM will also be visiting Lucknow to address the sixth convocation of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University. Homage to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar at the Ambedkar Mahasabha will also be paid by him.

“The prime minister will arrive in Varanasi to attend Divyangjan Sashaktikaran Samaroh — a program for the distribution of aids and devices for the differently-abled people,” a press release said.

In Lucknow, he will also distribute e-rickshaws at a function to be organised by microfinance institution Bharatiya Micro Credit.

The last tour, on December 12 last, was marked by Modi witnessing the famous Ganga Arti on the banks of the holy river, accompanied by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (IANS) (picture courtesy: