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‘Germany recognized Sanskrit first’

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The News Bureau, Jan 5

Union Minister for Environment, Forests Prakash Javadekar said scientists of ancient India, who lacked sophisticated tools or machines, developed accurate scientific concepts based on observations and logic.

Germans were the first to recognize Sanskrit as the language of science and this is a good discovery that modern Germany acknowledges about India, he said. 

The minister said, ‘ we must closel

follow the knowledge of ancient Indian science concepts and explore possibilities of their application for our growth.’ 

Speaking on “Ancient Indian Sciences through Sanskrit,” organized as part of the Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, Javdekar said knowledge is supreme.

The minister questioned when Germany could make use of ancient Indian concepts and adapt them to produce cutting edge inventions what prevented India from doing so. 

Javadekar opined that from primary level itself education did not promote questioning the fundamentals. There is an urgent need to promote merit, especially in science education to prepare quality scientists, who in turn could contribute to nation’s development.

Ability of a scientist should be measured by his/her ability to innovate rather than the length of his/her service, he said. S M Nimse, Rajan Welukar, Uma Vaidya, Kavikulguru, Ramtek were present. 

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