Exploring the possibilities of incorporating Indian logic in modern academia
Anwesha Bhattacharya and Sudharshan Hebbani
Indian Logic was an integral part of education and was used as a tool of reasoning as well as a methodology for learning other Shastras. In current education this would incorporate a method of analysing the subjects studied, engaging in purposeful discussions, and rectifying what has been learned. This could assure that students can question what is learnt to give rise to new knowledge that is constantly being refined. In understanding the possibilities of incorporating Indian Logic into current academics a semi-structured interview schedule was used to interview ten participants, who are scholars of Indian Logic and have completed at least Vidwat in Nyaya. The participants were in the field of teaching, research or both and were from the age group of 30-55 years. Their views about Indian logic and its relevance to current times were explored. The findings throw light on the current quality of education and absence of innovation. With regards to Indian Logic, the findings indicate that its scope in academics pertains to encouraging alternative patterns of thinking, providing a structured tool of reasoning, equipping students with skills of debate and discussion and providing a degree of proficiency over oratory skills. Bridging the gap between existent concepts of logic and teaching them in classroom was found to be essential. The implications, limitations and recommendations have also been discussed in this study.