Somnath Sanskrit University and Gujarat National Law Board have announced to have joined hands to start a diploma course in Ancient Indian Jurisprudence.
In-Charge Vice Chancellor and Somnath Sanskrit University Lalit Patel and GNLU Director S Shanthakumar both confirmed the news separately.
After the moves to add ayurveda curriculum to students studying allopathy, this is another branch of study which attracts the attention of the believers of the greatness of Pre-British and pre-Islamic India.
The announcements came at the International Conference of Academic Institutions under the aegis of Vibrant Gujarat Education Summit 2022, held at Vigyan Bhavan, Science City, Ahmedabad on 5th and 6th January 2022.
The Diploma course on legal systems prevalent In India before British era is aimed at acquainting the people about it. The advocates of such a diploma consider our present legal system borrowed from the west and think it is influenced by western thought.
Apart from this, a dedicated cell ‘ Indian knowledge system’ under the Ministry of education is created to conduct in-depth research on ancient systems in the country and proof based practices in engineering or pharmacy to create a curse module for teachers.
It is not out of context to note here that our present legal system is based on our constitution which was drafted by a committee chaired by Dr B R Ambedkar, an unflinching leader of the downtrodden and a Dalit himself and a fierce opponent of ancient law texts like ‘Manu Smruti”
Somnath Sanskrit University has a particularly shining link of social inclusion in form of Prof. J.D. Parmar. Octogenarian Prof Parmar, a Dalit and a scholar of Sanskrit is the only surviving life-time member of Somnath Trust, since 1975. Prof. Parmar, a retired professor from Somnath Sanskrit University represents the inclusive era in India when a Dalit scholar could be appointed a life-time trustee of a trust as important as Somnath trust.