Vastu Shastra is a traditional Hindu system of architecture. Ancient temples and monuments in the country can be seen constructed on Vastu Vidya. Even today, people consult or refer Vastu before the construction. Also, the constructor or builders before starting a project keep Vastu in architecture plan because at the time of buying the project buyer refers Vastu. IIT Kharagpur believes that to be a “well-rounded architect” the basics of Vastu Shastra must be known. Therefore the institute has decided to introduce Vastu Shastra in course for the first and second-year undergraduate architecture students this August. While the post-graduation or research candidates in infrastructure will get a detailed syllabus on the subject.
In study of Vastu Shastra
Vastu will be introduced to UG architecture students, who have the courses like basic design and history of architecture. At the PG level, solar principles, sacred diagrams, 9 circuit placements or the nabagraha mandal, sacred altars and design semiotics and semantics are some of the things students will be taught.
Students will have this as a proper subject; they will also have to write assignments, projects and tests. “Vastu Shastra has its beginnings in Rig Veda and is scientific in its tenor. Today, the whole world is looking at green living, thanks to the way we are suffering due to erratic concretization. The concept of Vastu revolves around the healthy relationship of nature and infrastructure, hence its modern relevance,” Joy Sen IIT Professor said.
Vastu is an ancient Indian concept and it also has a scientific logics and base related to it and introducing this as a subject to the students will make them aware of the concepts of Vastu Vidya which will be beneficial for them in future. Vastu Vidya is different from the Superstition beliefs, therefore having the correct knowledge on the subject to be a good architecture is very much required.