IKS Online Course 2023

IKS Online Course 2023


A 30 hours – 2 Credit,   Online Certificate course from 

Centre for Heritage of Intelligence Traditions of India (CHITI), 

An Indic study and research centre of Narmada College Campus, Bharuch, Gujarat

Duration: 15 weeks with 30 contact hours from 31st December 2023 to 7th April, 2024
Course Registration Link:

In 2000 years of economic history, India contributed to almost 40 % of the world GDP for 1000 years and remained a major economic power till 1850. It is only in the last 150 years that it lost this position and became a marginal player in world trade. This superlative economic performance was achieved without the abuse and exploitation of nature which we are a witness to since the industrial revolution of Europe till present. This was a model of life in which economic growth and ecology were not positioned against each other. How this was conceived and achieved in reality? What was the vision of the rishis, our forefathers, who conceived, designed and developed a way of life which is based on reverence for all existence? What was their understanding about life and its meaning? Ananda Coomaraswamy, in his article on What has India Contributed to Human Welfare, which is included in his book, The Dance of Shiva, observes, “The heart and essence of the Indian experience is to be found in a constant intuition of the unity of all life, and the instinctive and ineradicable conviction that the recognition of this unity is the highest good and the uttermost freedom. All that India can offer to the world proceeds from her philosophy. This philosophy is not, indeed, unknown to others – it is equally the gospel of Jesus and of Blake, Lao Tze, and Rumi – but nowhere else has it been made the essential basis of sociology and education.”

The genius of the Indic way of life was not the discovery of the infinite and the eternal in the finite world, but this discovery and understanding was used to design a culture and civilization which aimed to realize this infinite and eternal aspect for every human life. Again to quote Coomaraswamy, “Where the Indian mind differs most from the average mind of modern Europe is in its view of the value of philosophy. In Europe and America the study of philosophy is regarded as an end in itself, and as such it seems of but little importance to the ordinary man. In India, on the contrary, philosophy is not regarded primarily as a mental gymnastics, but rather, and with deep religious conviction, as our salvation (moksha) from the ignorance (avidya) which forever hides from our eyes the vision of reality. Philosophy is the key to the map of life, by which are set forth the meaning of life and the means of attaining its goal. It is no wonder, then, that the Indians have pursued the study of philosophy with enthusiasm, for these are matters that concern all.”

To make a small effort in this direction of understanding and interpreting the vast intellectual knowledge of our seers and sages, we offer a 30 hrs, 2 Credit, Certificate course on Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems

Context and Rationale

In the present context, we have a knowledge culture where all the important theories and frameworks of thinking have been imported from the West and we merely ape or at best adapt these theories to suit our reality. Our structures of business, government, education and research have been built and are sustaining themselves on these frameworks. If the developed world opened its doors to all of us, a high proportion of our business, political and educated elite would perhaps themselves prefer to migrate to these supposedly prosperous and functioning areas of the world.

This has also resulted in a situation where most of us, either in education, business or policy making, just play act ritualistically standard foreign prescriptions to our local problems which have no meaningful relation to our reality and without a larger purpose for our benefit. In this process of imitation, so called development of our society, the innate talent, resources and skills of our people are being continuously eroded. There is not a single example of any nation becoming great and powerful by borrowing and imitating concepts, theories and organization structures from an alien knowledge tradition.


“We are not all deceived by the illusion of progress, but, like some of our European colleagues, desire “the coming of better conditions of life, when the whole world will again learn that the object of human life is not to waste it in a feverish anxiety and race after physical objects and comforts, but to use it in developing the mental, moral, and spiritual powers, latent in man.” – S C Basu, quoted by Coomaraswamy.

This course introduces the learners to the rich and varied knowledge traditions of India from antiquity to the present. This also helps the learner to know and understand their own systems and traditions which are imperative for any real development and progress helping them to think independently and originally with Indian frameworks and models for solving the problems of present day.

Course Objectives

By the end of the Course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding related to:

  1. Indian Knowledge Systems: Origin, Evolution and their unique  approach towards Reality
  2. Sanskrit Language and Literature
  3. Indian Knowledge Approaches- Time, Language, Environment, Management
  4. Sciences of Life and Mind
  5. Self-Exploration and Self Knowledge for Personal Effectiveness
  6. Indian Knowledge System Torchbearers – Ancient and Modern
Course Outcomes:
For Students
  • Digital Certificate from CHITI and Narmada College of Management – 2 Credit Course of 30 hrs
  • They will understand and appreciate the rich heritage that resides in our traditions 
  • Inculcate Self  Understanding  within the student in the  light of Indian Knowledge Approaches
  • Learn to appreciate the need and importance of Sanskrit in getting to the roots of the philosophical concepts 
  • Being primed for practices that will prepare one for the inner-journey to discover the Self
For Teachers
  • Digital Certificate from CHITI and Narmada College of Management
  • To improve mindfulness and more maturity leading to effective process of teaching
  • Learn to integrate these teachings in their day-to-day living
  • Learn to appreciate the origin and development of Indic thought and practices from ancient to current times
For Others
  • Digital Certificate from CHITI and Narmada College of Management
  • Become familiar with Yoga psychology as a pathway to self-knowledge and transformation
  • Being primed for practices that will prepare one for the inner-journey to discover the Self
  • Personal effectiveness leading to their organizational effectiveness
What do you get along with the Course : 
  1. Well-Researched Course Handout and Material related to IKS
  2. Understanding of the history and evolution of Indian Intelligence Tradition
  3. How to apply this knowledge to relate to personal and institutional life
  4. Resources (E-Books & Articles) on Indian Knowledge Systems
  5. Links to video and audio lectures on IKS
Introduction :  Indian Knowledge Systems–(2+2 hrs)

Conception and Constitution of Knowledge in Indian Tradition, The Oral Tradition, Knowledge Maintenance and Renewal Mechanisms, Nature and Character of Knowledge, Models and Methods of Indian Knowledge Systems, Nature of Reality, Conception of Reality, Means of Knowledge of Reality –Uniqueness of Indian Ontology and Epistemology
Sanskrit Language and Literature -(2+2 hrs)

Sanskrit Language – Origins, Structure and Unique Characteristics of the Sanskrit Language, Sanskrit Metrics, Vak and Mantra in Sanskrit Language
Sanskrit Literature – Vedic, Epic, Pauranic, Concept of Shastra – Dharmashastra, Arthshastra, Natyashastra Smriti in Sanskrit Literature, Poetics and Aesthetics
Indian Knowledge Approaches-I (2+2 Hrs)

Time – Concept of Kala, Cycles of Time, Measurement of Time, Knowledge of Time – the Science of Light
Language – Philosophy of Word and Meaning, The Sphota Doctrine, Sadhu and Asadhu words, Levels of Speech, Silence as the eternal language
Indian Knowledge Approaches-II (2+2 Hrs)

Environment – Concept of Nature in Indian Tradition, Panchbhutas – Elements of Nature, Concept of Rta, Sacred Environment, Panchvati
Management – Indian conception of Economy and Management, Insights from Arthashastra, Management by Consciousness  
Sciences of Life and Mind  (2+2 Hrs)

The Science of Life – History and Basic Principles of Ayurveda, Prana, Ojas and Tejas, Health, Balance and Routine in Ayurveda
The Science of Mind – Origin, Nature and Evolution of Yoga, Types and Schools of Yoga, Yoga Darshana
Self Exploration and Self Knowledge – I (2+2 Hrs)

The Eternal Quest for Meaning – Introduction to Upanishads,  Ontology and Epistemology in Upanishadic Texts,  Message of the Upanishads
Katha Upanishad – The story of Nachiketa, Dialogue with Yama, Teaching of Yama to Nachiketa, Relevance for present times  
Self Exploration and Self Knowledge – II (2+2 Hrs)

Bhagwad  Geeta – The difficulty of being good, Setting and Background, The Path to Realization, Contemporary relevance of the text
The Secret of Eternal Happiness- Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, The Path to Freedom – Samadhi, Sadhana, Vibhuti and Kaivalya. Theory and Practice of Yogasutra.
IKS  Torchbearers  (2 Hrs)

Ancient – Sankara, Nanak, Tulsi, Caitanya

Modern – Dayananda, Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, Ananda Coomaraswamy

Total :   30 hrs of interaction (Spread over 8 weekend classes on Saturday/Sunday)
  •  Eligibility: Anyone interested in the contents of the course. 
  •  The minimum contribution for the course is Rs. 2001/-.
  •  Fees is to be paid to : Account name : Narmada College of Management, Account No. 13140200000037, Bank of Baroda, IFSC Code : BARB0GNFCOM
  •  The duration of this course is 15 weeks of teaching-learning with 30 contact hours, spread over a period of 3 months, from 31st December 2023  to 7th April, 2024
  •  Online classes will be held on every Sunday- 2 hrs per week. The last 30 minutes of the session will be for live interaction and question answers. Detailed session wise plan will be shared with the registered students.
  •  Classes will be conducted online via google meet. The participants will have to ensure the availability of proper device and internet connectivity for attending the classes.
  •  The online session recordings will be made available to the registered students of the course. Additional reading material in E-book format, power point presentations, developed for this course will be shared with the participants.
  •  The Evaluation will be based on attendance in the sessions, completion of a course project, group discussion and a final online examination at the end of the course.
  •  Digital Certificate from CHITI and Narmada College of Management will be provided to the students who have 80 % attendance and a qualifying score of 60% in projects and the final examination.
Link for Registration of the course :  

Dr. Subhash Yadav, Associate Professor, Narmada College of Management, will be the faculty for this course. Additional guest sessions by experts may be arranged for the students. For any clarifications/details please feel free to contact: 

This certificate course is being offered from the Centre for Heritage of Intelligence Traditions of India (CHITI) an Indic study and research centre of Narmada College Campus.  The centre is located on the banks of Maa Narmada, with a more than 300 year old banyan tree as its inspiration, in the building of Narmada College of Management, a constituent College of Narmada College Campus. The centre has a small library related to various aspects of Indian Knowledge Systems and Indian Civilization. Work on a Digital Library of articles, books and a monograph on Indian Intelligence Traditions is in progress. A discussion cum counseling room is available for visitors and guests to get more information about Intelligence and Knowledge traditions of India.

We invite you to join us in this journey of self exploration and self discovery of our culture. We will keep you informed of the latest happenings and events conducted under this centre. Join us by filling this registration form.




Indian civilization is like an eternally old banyan tree, spreading its branches deep, far and wide all around the world. It is the oldest surviving tree in the garden of humanity, overlooking the millenniums and being a silent witness of all the seasons of world life. By being near it, knowing and understanding it, we also can experience a glimpse of the eternal within us, know and understand that part of us which is in time but also beyond time, which is in space but transcends space. Once known and understood, we become one with the eternal or sanatana within us.

CHITI, Narmada College of Management, Bharuch – Shukla Tirtha Road, P O Zadeshwar, Bharuch – 392011
Phone : 02642-246249, Mobile : 9099063337,
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