Indigenous Knowledge, Sciences & Technology

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Indigenous Knowledge, Sciences & Technology2018-04-08T03:25:33+00:00

Project Description

Introduction

Indian civilization had been at the forefront of scientific and technological progress for centuries. Indian medicinal, mathematical, astronomical, agricultural, architectural and metallurgical knowledge systems were pioneering for the entire world. Even though Indian scientists produced seminal works on science and technology, a significant part of this knowledge system was orally transmitted through generations. These oral traditions percolated every aspect of Indian communities. However, the scientific reasoning behind a lot of these oral traditions and cultural practices were lost with time. Indian indigenous knowledge was branded primitive, simple and static during nineteenth century colonialism to undermine millennia of Indian cultural heritage.

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Indian indigenous knowledge system was developed in a symbiotic relationship with nature. It had an innate understanding of natural resources available in Indian ecosystems and created economically and culturally optimal solutions to problems faced by society. As the forces of modern technology driven industrialization threatens ecological balance and sustainability, it is imperative to study our time-tested indigenous knowledge with greater vigour. Development professionals have begun to recognize the ecological value of this knowledge in the last ten years. Further, scientific study of traditional practices and their documentation will not only lead to their preservation but will also generate newer insights hitherto unknown.

Hence, an innovative department – Department of Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology – is being set up to document, research and harness indigenous knowledge and promote implementation of indigenous knowledge resources to develop sustainable development practices. Indigenous knowledge and technologies will play a major role in biodiversity conservation, increasing food production, fighting against diseases cost effective alternatives and reducing the environmental degradation.

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Objectives

The course on Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology focuses on teaching indigenous knowledge, models, methods and practices. The course reviews these indigenous knowledge systems with both traditional and modern scientific perspectives. Education is imparted in a culturally sensitive manner that draws upon, utilizes, promotes, and enhances awareness of indigenous traditions, beyond the standard western curriculum of reading and writing.

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The broader objectives of the discipline will be:

  • Introducing the students to the concept of indigenous knowledge in their education system.
  • To enhance educational effectiveness by providing an education that adheres to an indigenous person’s own inherent perspectives.
  • To appreciate the role of indigenous knowledge and traditional ways of learning in maintaining the sustainability environment.
  • To appreciate indigenous perspectives on ways of living together and using resources sustainably.
  • To understand the role of ‘modern’ education in undermining indigenous knowledge.
  • To identify opportunities for integrating relevant aspects of indigenous knowledge.

Outcomes

To prepare a group of humanistic development professionals to understand the role of ‘modern’ education along with the role of indigenous knowledge and traditional ways of learning in maintaining sustainability.

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Eligibility & Seats

  • The candidates seeking admission into M.A./M.Sc. in Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology course must have a Bachelor’s degree from any University.
  • Number of seats for admission M.A./M.Sc. in Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology is 16.
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Semester Details

The course seeks to document, research and harness indigenous knowledge and promote implementation of indigenous knowledge resources to develop sustainable development practices as it will play a major role in biodiversity conservation, increasing food production, fighting against diseases, producing cost effective alternatives and reducing the environmental degradation.

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Course Structure

M.Sc. in Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology

First Semester

Paper Code Course Title Marks L T P Total Credit
IKS-601 Indigenous Knowledge Systems and World views 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-603 Interconnecting History Indian Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-605 Indian Tribal society and Culture 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-607 Indigenous Epistemologies 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-609 Indigenous Technology, Art and Artifact 100 3 1 0 4
IT-691 Information Technology 50 0 0 2 2
Total 22

Second Semester

Paper Code Course Title Marks L T P Total Credit
IKS-602 Sustainability, Development and Natural Science Education 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-604 Pedagogical Principles in Indigenous Knowledge 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-606 Indigenous Knowledge systems &  Public Health 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-608 Medicinal Botany and Indigenous Medicinal System 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-610 Social Research Methods 100 3 1 0 4
OB-612 Organizational Behaviour 50 1 1 0 2
Total 22

Third Semester

Paper Code Course Title Marks L T P Total Credit
IKS-701 Traditional Agriculture and Natural Resource management 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-703 Religion, Spirituality and Indigenous Knowledge 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-705 Tribal Food, Health and Nutrition 100 3 1 0 4
Elective Paper
IKS-707 Indigenous knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-709 Colonial Power , Technology and Indigenous Knowledge- 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-711 Sustainable Tribal Development and Environment 100 3 1 0 4
IKS-713 Vrkshayurveda and Tribal Sciences 100 3 1 0 4
Total 20

Fourth Semester

Paper Code Course Title Marks L T P Total Credit
IKS -702 Indigenous  Industry, Market and Entrepreneurship 100 3 1 0 4
IKS -704 Tribal Agro-Techniques and Methods 100 3 1 0 4
IKS -792 Dissertation 100 0 0 4 4
Elective Paper
IKS -706 Indian Tribal Ethnography 100 3 1 0 4
IKS -708 Social Evil: Magic and Witchcraft among Tribals 100 3 1 0 4
IKS -710 Tribal Social, Political and Economic Organisation 100 3 1 0 4
IKS -712 Tribal Products and Industry 100 3 1 0 4
Total 20
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COURSE FACULTIES

Department : Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology

Prof. Umesh Ch. Sahoo
Prof. Umesh Ch. SahooProfessor
Ph.D
Experience : 38 years
Dr. Madhumita Ray
Dr. Madhumita RayAssociate Professor
Ph.D
Experience : 20 years
Dr. Damodar Jena
Dr. Damodar JenaAssociate Professor
Ph.D
Experience : 25 years
Dr. Khusboo Kuddes
Dr. Khusboo KuddesAsst. Professor
Ph.D
Experience : 1 year
Dr. Sagarika Parida
Dr. Sagarika ParidaAsst. Professor
Ph.D
Experience : 6 years
Mr. Sharat Kumar Padhihari
Mr. Sharat Kumar Padhihari Asst. Professor
M.Phil, NET
Experience : 1 year
Dr. Sasmita Mishra
Dr. Sasmita MishraAsst. Professor
Ph.D
Experience : 10 Years
Mr. Anurag Dash
Mr. Anurag DashAsst. Professor
M.Tech, IIT Kanpur
Experience : 2 Years

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