Tutorial-workshop on Tantrayukti – Indic Approach to Systematizing Scientific Discourse and Thesis-writing (including certification) was organised jointly by Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Indic Academy Inter-Gurukula-University Centre for Indic Knowledge Studies (IGUC-IKS), Hyderabad, MIT School of Vedic Science Pune at Kalidas varsity, Ramtek. The two-day workshop was inaugurated at the hands of Prof. BVK Shastri, founder Vice Chancellor of Yog Sanskrit University Florida USA. Prof. Madhusudan, coordinator of workshop presided over the function. Dr. Sai Susarala, dean, MIT School of Vedic Sciences Pune and Dr. Jairaman Mahadevan from Chennai were the special guests.
Ancient India’s scientific / shaastric tradition is so insistent on the coherent and concise expression of thought that it has even codified and classified the various exposition conventions employed in any discourse. These conventions are called Tantrayuktis. While they are used in numerous Indic texts, some have explicitly identified and enlisted them to help readers. Understanding Tantrayuktis and identifying their usage is crucial for correctly interpreting seminal Indic scientific treatises such as Ayurvedic texts and Artha shaastra. About 35-40 yuktis have been identified as most handy. Examples include “enumeration of a taxonomy, term definition, forward / backward reference, extrapolation, etc.).
The word Tantrayukti has multiple meanings. One of them is the “logic/rationale (yukti) that binds a discourse (tantra or shaastra) or its elements together or makes it coherent. Through this workshop, we’d like to revive this glorious tradition for authentic study of Indic knowledge as well as contemporary applications.
The objective of the workshop was to help participants learn and practice India’s systematic approach to scientific discourse and thesis-writing through Tantrayukti, in terms of its content, structure and the language and to learn the attributes of a sound thesis as well as the common defects in thesis construction.
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