Ancient Indian science and technology have contributed significantly to the foundations and growth of modern sciences. Yet there is little genuine material accessible to younger generations to help them understand and appreciate the extent of these contributions. Furthermore, History of Science and Technology acts as a natural bridge between humanities and sciences. A respected academic discipline in the West, it has all but disappeared from India, which is regrettable in view of our rich scientific and technological heritage.
To bridge this gap, the Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur organized a course which was taught by three eminent scholars in the field of Indology. Since the objective of the course was the dissemination of knowledge about the History of Science in Ancient India, interested scholars and academicians from various disciplines participated in the course.
Prof. Michel Danino, Padma Shri, who has been a lifelon