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Seminar amalgamates history, science

Staff Reporter

Experts cite instances to illustrate the growth of historical knowledge through scientific tests

PHOTO:R.M.RAJARATHINAM

Experimenting thoughts:Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, P.M. Rajan Gurukkal, centre, at a discussion with N. Rajendran, Head, Department of History, Bharathidasan University, during the inaugural session of a national seminar on Thursday. Registrar T. Ramaswamy, left, is in the picture.

TIRUCHI: Where Archaeology stops science takes over, and where science stops social science takes over, P.M. Rajan Gurukkal, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, observed on Thursday, citing instances to illustrate the growth of historical knowledge through scientific tests. Prof. Rajan was addressing the inaugural of a two-day national seminar on ‘Academic Amalgamation: Bringing Techno-Scientific and Social Science Academic Communities Together' organised by the Department of History, Bharathidasan University, and sponsored by Indian Council for Historical Research.

Prof. Rajan cited the instance of the ancient corpse discovered in the Oetz valley, Austria in 1991, which, he said belonged to Chalcolithic age when the person had got lost in the glaciers and had died of hypothermia. The history of the person and his physical profile are constructed on the basis of scientific methods, he said, to highlight how history benefits from science. However, social aspects are constructed by the social scientists. Thus, an interaction between scientists and social scientists becomes vital, Prof. Rajan said.

Modern history

Presiding over, the Registrar T.Ramaswamy said modern history has been constructed on the basis of inter-disciplinary approach. There is always an interaction between science and history. Modern scientists can construct the ancient history on the basis of scientific methods, he said. Introducing the theme of the seminar, N.Rajendran, Dean of Arts, and Department Head, cited the instance of Mathematician D.D.Kosambi's contribution to Indian History, and Sir Issac Newton's writing of ancient history of Europe on the basis of astronomy. The purpose of the seminar was to arrive at a holistic vision of knowledge, he said.

Jawaharlal Nehru Lecture

At another function organised by the Department's Centre for Nehru Studies, as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Lecture Series, Deepak Kumar, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, delivered a lecture on ‘Development Discourse Before and After Independence'.

Prof. Deepak dwelt on the insistence by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on the technology, education and the development course in his book – The Discovery of India.

While technology served as a tool for both formation and consolidation of British empire, it was the quest for techno-scientific knowledge that helped in realisation of new India.

After Independence, schools assumed greater importance than factories. Unlike his mentor Mahatma Gandhi, who condemned the West for taking pride in modernisation and industrialisation, Jawaharlal Nehru was fond of science. Socialism fascinated him and Russian Revolution fired his optimism. Nehru wanted Indians to become doctors, engineers and teachers, he said.

Prof. Deepak also interacted with the audience comprising teachers, scholars and students.

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