An 8,000-year-old body of knowledge is finding its way into the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kharagpur, the oldest of India’s elite engineering schools.
“With the advent of green technology, green lifestyle, and affordable environmental materials, there is a growing focus on green living and hence on understanding vastu across the world,” Joy Sen, head of IIT-Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management, told Quartz. “Vastu as a science form uses the interrelation between ecology, passive energy, and living beings.”
The institute decided to introduce the subject as a part of its plan to re-orient the syllabus for the next academic session. So, IIT-Kharagpur will integrate vastu with two of its existing modules across the undergraduate and post graduate departments. The basic concepts will be introduced at the undergraduate level. The post-graduate programme will see concepts such as solar principles, sacred diagrams, and design semiotics and semantics being taught in detail.
“Earlier the households would have a courtyard in the middle,” Sen explained during a lecture delivered at IIT-Kharagpur last week. “And they had a bedroom for summer and one for winter. All that followed the principle of nature.”