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Functions of IKS division:

  • Facilitate and coordinate IKS based/related inter and transdisciplinary work done by various institutions in India and abroad including universities, institutions of national importance, R&D laboratories and different ministries and inspire private sector organizations to engage with it.
  • Establish, guide and monitor subject-wise interdisciplinary research groups comprising of researchers from institutes, centers and individuals.
  • Create and promote popularization schemes.
  • Facilitate funding of various projects and develop mechanisms to undertake research.
  • Make Policy recommendations wherever required for the promotion of IKS.

About IKS Division of MoE @ AICTE:

The Indian Traditional Knowledge Systems (Bharatiya Gnana Parampara) Division of Ministry of Education (MoE) is located in the AICTE Headquarters was established in Oct. 2020. The team initially consisted of Shri A.B. Shukla (Chief Coordiantor), and three research fellows (Dr. Sanjeev Panchal, Shri. Anurag Deshpande, and Shri. Shreyas Kuhrekar). The team was further strengthened in Oct., 2021 with the appointment of Prof. Ganti Murthy (IIT Indore) as National Coordinator and Dr. Anuradha Choudry (IIT Kharagpur) as Coordinator.

The genesis of a dedicated IKS Division of MoE is in the one-day workshop conducted on the topic “Research in Indian Traditional Knowledge Systems (Bharatiya Gnana Parampara)” on 18th March, 2020. The workshop was chaired by Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development (now MoE), Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and attended by over 100 scholars from various academic and scientific institutions, and other organizations. The first and important action points was to setup a dedicated IKS Division that shall work in mission mode. The IKS Division of MoE was setup in a mission mode and located in AICTE headquarters with the team reporting to the Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE. The administrative support for the division is provided by the AICTE Headquarters.