Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has entered into research tie-ups with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other Universities on India's heritage and culture with science and engineering.
The research findings will be used to re-create an engineering curriculum with more 'Indian' elements.
"Most of the educational curriculum taught to engineering students is not relevant in the Indian context. The idea behind the research and these initiatives is to make the current curriculum more Oriental," said head of department, Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management at IIT Kharagpur.
MIT faculty will visit IIT Kharagpur early next year to finalise the collaboration on SandHi, a science and heritage interface initiative, and the Shantiniketan.
The objective of the collaboration is to study the heritage, culture, archaelogy and ecology of India through the Shantiniketan project and SandHi initiative. Post research, the trio are planning integrate the findings to their respective curricula. Under the Shantiniketan project, the two institutes along with the Visva Bharati University, are retracing the land-river-tribal belt as an ecological retreat as ident,” said source from IIT Kharagpur.
Under this project, cutting edge science and technology resources will be used to understand India's ancient heritage and culture," said a professor Curtin University.