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IIT Mandi Conducts Workshop on Indian Knowledge System, Mental Health

IIT Mandi aims to provide students, scholars and practitioners with information on empirical research relevant to the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) and mental health. For this purpose, the institute organized a three-day workshop on “Indian Knowledge System (IKS) and Mental Health” from March 25-27, 2022, in partnership with IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation.

The workshop was sponsored by State Bank of India, Netweb Technologies and Hospimedical.

With the advent of advanced artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) education emphasizes the importance and benefits of this system for the body, mind and consciousness. The workshop covered discussions and reflections on graduate programs based on IKS, as well as different research topics related to it.


Addressing the inaugural event, Chief Guest K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of India, said, “Transforming forms of traditional knowledge into science is the need of the hour. It is essential that these knowledge systems are standardized in terms of their usefulness and consumption by the general population without creating hype or unverified claims. »

“I am happy that IIT Mandi has taken this step to formalize Indian knowledge systems as a scientific discipline.”

“Mental health is also subject to a great social stigma in India, with young and old people suffering from various mental disorders. It is important that this subject is addressed within Indian knowledge systems, in a holistic framework for its acceptance. among Indians.”

Using biosignals such as electroencephalograms (EEG), brain imaging, as well as virtual reality-based immersive neural feedback, the planned program at IIT Mandi seeks scientific innovations aimed at treating mental health with the system of Indian knowledge. This will allow both SCI and mental health challenges to benefit from a science-based approach.

Emphasizing the importance of the workshop, Prof. Laxmidhar Behera, Director of IIT Mandi, pointed out that the very foundation of the Indian system of knowledge rests on the assumption that matter in its elemental (subtle) form is cognitive and therefore that emotion and cognitive behavior are not emergent properties of any complex molecular combination.

Welcoming those present at the workshop, Professor Behera said: “Is the mind simply the brain in action, or a more fundamental object than any known fundamental object in empirical science? Even Nobel laureate Christof Koch changed his position from first to last.”

“Understanding cognition as cognition is not only a very fundamental issue within science, but also has the ability to change the discourse of natural science and related technology in addition to harmonious and sustainable existence. “

Professor Behera went on to highlight how recent studies on SCIs such as yoga, meditation, music, Sanskrit and other forms of performing arts also demonstrate the therapeutic values ​​they bring to the psychic nature. human in terms of cognitive enhancement, stress relief, depression relief. , And so on.

“Biological signals such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and functional brain images along with virtual reality-based neuro-feedback approaches have ushered in a new era of scientific innovation where many IKS claims can be verified and standardized for effective consumption by the general population,” he added.

Highlighting the importance of this approach, Professor Laxmidhar Beherasaid: “Mental health is becoming an issue for everyone like a pandemic, due to a lack of proper scientific understanding of the holistic nature of the body, brain and spirit. This workshop is a platform where experts will deliberate on all issues related to IKS and its relevance to mental health.”

IIT Mandi took the initiative to start an academic program on SCI and mental health. Proper deliberation will help guide this program in the right direction. There will be a round table brainstorming on the curriculum as well as a similar discussion on listing relevant research programs useful to society as a whole.

“I invite everyone to join these very important deliberations that could set new standards for an inclusive paradigm for science and technology,” added Professor Laxmidhar Behera.

Workshop participants included academics, industrialists, researchers, experts and practitioners of Indian knowledge system. Workshop participants focused on issues related to IBS and mental health through expert presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions.

During his welcome address, Dr. Varun Dutt, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, IIT Mandi, said, “In a world dominated by cutting-edge artificial intelligence and human- computer, the teaching of the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) may at first seem like an urban legend.”

“However, recent research reveals the importance and benefits of IKS for the human body, mental health and well-being. In fact, IKS has deep roots that are steeped in history, the philosophy, society, arts, languages, science and technology of India, and life sciences.”


Speaking about the objectives of the workshop, guest of honour, Padma Shri Acharya Nagendrasaid, “First of all, I would like to congratulate IIT Mandi for organizing such an event which brought together experts from all over the world to share their knowledge on the Indian knowledge system.”

“As mental health becomes a major global concern, it is imperative to go back to our Indian knowledge system and find solutions that can help us lead better lives.”


Topics covered in the workshop were related to program training on Indian knowledge system, yoga and meditation for promoting and mental health, art forms endorsing mental health, and Ayurveda, psychology and mental health, as well as various brainstorming sessions that remained the highlight of the event.

A roadmap has been mapped out following rigorous brainstorming to establish this unique Indian Knowledge System and Mental Health (IKSMH) program.