Vastu Shashtra to be introduced in IIT Kharagpur
IIT Kharagpur plans to introduce Vastu Shashtra to the architecture students from this year August. While the rudiments of Vastu Shastra will be introduced to the first and second-year undergraduate architecture students, detailed grounding on the subject will be imparted to the post graduate and research scholars in infrastructure.
For the UG students, graded modules related to basic design and history of architecture will be taught. For the PG level, modules imparting solar principles, sacred diagrams, 9 circuit placements or the nabagraha mandal, sacred altars and design semiotics and semantics will be taught.
The faculty members of IIT Kharagpur feels that Vastu Shastra as a concept needs to be included in the architecture and infrastructure syllabi. They are of the view that students be conversant with ancient Indian architectural traditions. They believe that ancient Indian concepts have a scientific basis and introducing students to these will open up new avenues of knowledge. The basic concept of Vastu Shastra revolves around the healthy relationship of nature and infrastructure and hence has modern relevance.
Vastu Shastra has its beginnings in Rig Veda. It is a traditional Hindu system of architecture that describes principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry.