National Seminar on Cataloguing, editing and Publication of Ancient   Indian Manuscripts on Science and Technology

Dates: 26th of 28th of March, 2019

Introduction

The Indian Scientific heritage has been extremely productive. India has one of the largest collections of Scientific manuscripts of any civilization in the world. While there is no precise enumeration of the number of manuscripts, estimates vary widely, putting it in the region of 20000 to 100,000 manuscripts. Several of these manuscripts are now in institutions such as – Oriental Manuscripts Libraries, Indological Research Institutions, Universities, Mutts and Archives and many are still in private collections. Manuscripts are also available in foreign libraries in U.K., France, Germany & USA and in Asian countries like, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan, China (Tibet), Thailand. Unfortunately there is no detailed and accurate data about the number, extent and distribution of the Scientific manuscripts of India. The presently available published Scientific texts, which are in contemporary use, represent less than 2% of the Scientific literature that is available in the form of manuscripts. However, as of today, there is no proper methodology to know or verify the names, authors or any other details of manuscripts that exist on the topic of Science and Technology in ancient India.

The Samskriti Foundation, Mysore, has, at present, embarked on a project to collect, collate and present information about a bibliography of manuscripts exclusively dealing with Science and technology. So far it has collected and listed information about 7,000 numbers of such manuscripts, which turned out to be a very meticulous, pain-staking task.  Thus, the Foundation has a unique database of ancient manuscripts dealing with Science and Technology (S & T) of Ancient India.

The Problem

Though the Foundation has collected and prepared an electronic database of ancient manuscripts dealing with Science and Technology of Ancient India, there is still a long way to go, as these Manuscripts have to be procured from various institutions, University libraries and personal collections. Further the following steps have to be undertaken:

  1. Cleaning etc of the Manuscripts and making them ready for digitization
  2. Digitization of the concerned Manuscripts
  3. Deciphering the Manuscripts
  4. Transcribing the Manuscripts
  5. Editing the Manuscripts
  6. Preparing English Translation / regional languages translation etc. in collaboration with scientists / technocrats connected with the concerned field.
  7. Making other value editions
  8. Publishing the Manuscripts

To undertake the above tasks, the active collaboration of scholars and scientists / technologists alike is very much necessary. This is because, unlike while dealing with Manuscripts on literature, philosophy etc., Manuscripts on S & T contain many technical terms that even scholars who are familiar with the particular language would not be able to interpret properly. Apart from this, these exist several other problems in deciphering / interpreting / editing Manuscripts belonging to many new areas like ancient geography, alchemy, earth sciences and such other subjects.  Therefore, there is a dire need to unearth and train a new breed of persons who are ‘scientist-manuscriptologists’. As of today, there are not many scientist-manuscriptologists who can undertake such tasks and bring to light the ancient Manuscripts on S & T of yore which can bring to light the expertise of our forefathers in various fields of S & T.

The solution envisaged:

To overcome the above problem, it is proposed to bring together expert scientists and technologists on one side and expert manuscriptologists on the other on a common platform and make them interact with each other so that there can be a healthy exchange of ideas and concepts that can help in taking the task of deciphering / interpreting / editing Manuscripts belonging to many new areas like ancient geography, alchemy, earth sciences and such other subjects dealing with S & T. The proposed seminar specifically wishes to address and make considerable headway in solving the problems mentioned above.

The seminar will be organized in such a way that an exclusive session will be devoted for a particular contemporarily relevant field of science and technology and experts in that particular field will speak on particular unpublished, valuable Manuscripts that is concerned with that particular field. For example, there will be an exclusive session for unpublished Manuscripts on the subject of ‘Mathematics’ and in that session, experts on Mathematics will speak on deciphering, publication  etc. of unpublished, useful Manuscripts on Mathematics and their utility. Similarly separate sessions will be schedules for other important subjects. Of course, it will be impossible to deal with all such subjects in a very short span of three days. However, the topics will be prioritized based on contemporary relevance and the sessions will be held in a highly sophisticated manner.

The seminar will be a pioneering one, since, as far as information available at present, such a seminar for deciphering / interpreting / editing Manuscripts belonging to many new areas like ancient geography, alchemy, earth sciences and such other subjects dealing with S & T has not been organized so far by any agency.

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Tentative List of experts expected to participate in the Seminar

Sl. No. Name of the Person Designation / Position held
1. Prof. P.Jha Director, National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi
2. Dr. P.Ramanujan – Expert traditional scholar and software expert. Ass. Director, C-Dac, Bangalore
3. Dr. Yoganand – Expert in Digitization and software development and Manuscripts on Mathematics Prof of Mathematics, Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore University
4. Dr. S Y Wakankar Former Director, Baroda Oriental Research Institute,

Baroda

5. Dr. Dilip Kumar Kar – Expert Manuscriptologist National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi
6. Dr. M.D.Srinivas Director, Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai
7. Prof Yagyanarayana – Speech Recognition expert and traditional scholar Ex- Vice Chancellor, Central University, Hyderabad
8. Prof. Neeraj Sharma Senior Professor

MLS University, Udaipur

9. Prof Sharada Srinivasan,

Professor

School of Humanities

National Institute of Advanced Studies,
Bangalore 560012;tel 08022185125Email: sharasri@gmail.com
10. Shri Darshan Shankar – Expert scholar and conservationist Vice Chancellor, Trans-Disciplinary University, Bangalore

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Registration and Submission of abstracts/ full paper

Those who would like to participate/ present papers may submit the registration form online or through email along with the abstracts. Abstracts are invited from faculty, students, civil society organizations, researchers and department officials in the themes listed for oral and poster presentation in the technical sessions of the seminar.  Abstracts should be of 250 words; Times New Roman 12 point in MS Word: Single spaced without any figures, tables or subheadings and with key words. The abstract can be sent by email to samskrti@hotmail.com along with the mobile number of the presenting author by 5th March 2018. Depending on the importance, originality, quality, relevance and other editorial considerations, eligible research papers would be accepted for oral/poster presentation. The acceptance of paper for presentation/ publication will be intimated. Selected papers will be compiled in the form of a book and published with ISBN number by a reputed publisher.

Poster presentation

The dimension of the poster should be a maximum of 90 cm wide and 120 cm high. The posters should be informative, clear and attractive with introduction, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusion/recommendations and references. Posters should be legible from a distance of 1-2 m. Plastic/Flex materials should not be used for posters.

Best Paper/Poster Awards

The best oral/poster paper will be awarded to the selected papers presented in the technical sessions of the seminar.

Venue and Climate

The Seminar will be held at Multi-vision theatre, ISKCON, Rajajinagar, Bangalore 560 010, located at about 7 km from the Bangalore City Railway Station/Majestic Bus Stand and about 40 km from Bangalore International Airport. Weather in Bengaluru will be pleasant with day temperature around 28-30°C. Light woolen clothing may be required at night.

Accommodation

The participants have to make accommodation arrangements for themselves. Good quality budget hotels are available in and around the venue of the seminar on affordable cost.

Food

All registered participants will be provided seminar kit and free boarding for all the three days of the seminar.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Last date for Registration & Abstract Submission: 5 March, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: 10th March, 2019

Submission of full paper: 15 March, 2019

Seminar Dates: 26-28th January, 2019

Registration fees:

P.G.Student  and Research Scholars : Rs. 1,000/-

Delegates : Rs.2,000/-

Institutional Participants: Rs. 5,000/-

Bank Account details:

Name of the Account holder : Samskriti Foundation
Account Number : 64040816173
IFSC Code : ‎SBIN0040058

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE

Dr. S.Vidyashree,

Organizing Secretary

Samskriti Foundation ®

No. 1283/1, 5th Cross, Krishnamurthypuram, Mysore – 570004.

Ph: 0821 4289674

(M) 99001-61271

Email: samskrti@hotmail.com