University of Vedic Sciences|
First Convocation 2006
University of Vedic Sciences grandly held its first Convocation
at Raj Bhavan Bangalore. B.A. and B.Sc. degrees were awarded to 17 of its students
by His Excellency Sri T.N. Chaturvedi, Honorable Governor of Karnataka.
Governor Sri T.N. Chaturvedi awarding the degrees
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Vedvayas IAS, Ph.D., D.Litt, president of the University said "Ancient Indian texts have talked of various theories and discoveries that are still termed as path-breaking today. For example, look at Newton's law of action-reaction. It is so similar to the principle of karma in Indian philosophy. Karma is also based on the idea — As you sow, so shall you reap."
He also spoke about how our ancient and most effective systems of Education (Gurukula System) are forgotten and sidelined in favor of the alien Western Education System.
The difference between modern and ancient education lay in a simple fact; while modern education is a continuous transfer of education from outside sources, ancient education extracted knowledge from the divine soul within us, he said, adding, "that is the beginning and end of everything."
In his convocation address, the Governor praised the syllabus and methodology of University of Vedic Sciences and its approach to education. "The world is astonished by the immense bounty of knowledge our rishis have encapsulated in a few texts. It is time this knowledge is imparted to a larger number of students and seekers. The students of University of Vedic Sciences study subjects ranging from Ayurveda to Astrology, and this magnifies the scope for research. Also, there are many openings for Vedic scholars of late. The gurukul system of education is slowly being reinvented, and can now work in tandem with other methods of education," he said.
Dr.Vedavyas and Sri T.N. Chaturvedi with University students
University of Vedic Sciences is also planning to introduce postgraduate course in Vedic Sciences starting next year at their Bangalore Center.
After the event the Governor also visited the Saptha Rishi Temple at the Bangalore branch of University of Vedic Sciences and personally experienced the education system being followed.
Sri T.N. Chaturvedi at University of Vedic Sciences Bangalore Branch
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