8th Inter National Conference on History of Indian Science & Technology (HIST- 2014)
Indus University in association with Infinity Foundation organized an International Conference on History of Indian Science & Technology on 9th & 10th October’14. Traditionally history overruled every other domain and even science & technology were subsets of history as the scientific developments were merely recorded in historical documents. However, today science is making history and is an equal contributor in the shaping of history. This interdependence of science and history has been symbolized through the 8th International Conference on History of Indian Science and Technology organized under the aegis of Indus University and Infinity Foundation. This was the 8th in the series of the project titled HIST undertaken by Infinity Foundation at Princeton, USA. Indus University joined the list of prestigious institutions such as Binsar (Almora), IIT Kanpur, Delhi, Deccan College (Pune), Udaipur and BHU (Banaras) which have hosted this conference.
These conferences are an attempt to document the advancement in Science & Technology which happens in India so that future generations can benefit from these. The need for such documentation has risen because the available sources have either been misrepresented or have been shrouded in anonymity through an orchestrated strategy taken up by West, which has remained inimical to India’s glory and past.
The inauguration of the International Conference witnessed the presence of luminaries such as Prof. Pradyumuna Vyas, Director NID who was the Chief Guest at the event accompanied by Shri Rajiv Malhotra, President Infinity Foundation, Dr. Rakesh Bhandari, the distinguished Visiting Professor at Department of Special Studies Indus University, Dr. Nagesh Bhandari, President Indus University, Dr. D.P.Giridhar, Executive President, Indus University & Dr. O.C.Handa, Convener of the International Conference. The two-day conference included paper presentations from different states across India & abroad. The HIST Authors who were specially invited for this conference gave insight into the advancement in Science & Technology which happens in India so that future generations can benefit from these. The need to preserve scientific growth and technology is symbolized by the efforts made by such scientists and historians. The Valedictory function was graced by the presence Pujya Aksharvatsal Swami, Pujya Vivekjivandas Swami and Pujya Armutvijaydas Swami from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.