New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday told the Lok Sabha that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been asked to teach Sanskrit language for facilitating study of science and technology as reflected in its literature.
A panel, chaired by former CEC N Gopalaswami, in its report had suggested that IITs may facilitate study of science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature along with inter-disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subjects, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply.
"Accordingly, IITs have been requested to teach Sanskrit language especially with reference to study of works which contain scientific knowledge," Irani said.
It was in July 2000 that around 40 institutions, including the IITs and IISC, had been directed by the then NDA-I government to consider introducing Sanskrit courses. Several IITs have since then integrated the knowledge available in ancient Indian texts in the mainstream engineering curriculum.