Rejuvenating Bharatiya Vidya

Making India's Traditional Knowledge Accessible and Intelligible

The teaching and use of Bharatiya Vidya in lifestyle contexts continues in the traditional centres of learning and research These wellsprings of sanatana civilization in Bharat, need to rejuvenated and potentially aided by the research at Vedavaapi. The study of Veda and Shastra in the traditional paddhatis (forms) need to continue and expand. The focus of research in this track , is to explore the potential to amplify and quality enhance traditional pedagogy using technology. The evaluation of learning in the context of the oral tradition and to explore the potential of improving community dynamics in the larger knowledge sharing and interpretive workflows within learner groups in the tradition are also in focus.

Center for Veda

Partnering Parankusachar Institute of Vedic Studies, Vedavaapi aids research in the pedagogy of Veda in traditional pathashaala contexts. Design of tooling for Veda semantics and pedagogy is the primary area of research. This will include leverage of Knowledge Engineering and Shastra Map research at Vedavaapi but put to use in a much more challenging higher fidelity context of the oral tradition. Exploring audio and video analysis driven tooling using Machine learning is also envisaged.

The Oral Tradition

Center for Shaastra

The various research centers at Vedavaapi , aim to facilitate the exploration of the Bharatiya gyaan paramapara in contexts of pedagogy and technology driven applications. A few traditional scholars and experts in the paramapara are engaged in helping us build these tools in various capacities. The evaluation of these tools , the fundamental limitations, their real-world efficacy in “current” traditional contexts as well as the roadmap for their contemporary use need to be explored and ideated.

The center for shaastra focuses on research to explore viable use-cases for the applications of software and embedded tools in traditional ritual contexts like agama, samskaara , upasana , satsang and other settings. What are the limits to the use of technology in contexts of Shaastra practice ? How far can we apply technology, till the principles of the underlying Shaastra and the “practices” associated get affected ?


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