The Indian educational system is such that students come out of it largely or
wholly ignorant of India's cultural heritage. Much less do
they acquire an intelligent grasp of the achievements of Indian
civilization and its contributions to world culture: all knowledge
is presented to them as coming from the West. The rare schools
or colleges that try to compensate for this void find that
quality material for learning and / or teaching is scarce,
of limited scope, or defective.
This project aims at creating a series of authentic multimedia educational
CDs, with an initial focus on the most material - and
therefore the most impressive - aspects of India's heritage.
Based on non-controversial and up-to-date material
from archaeology, epigraphy, history (including the history
of science), literature, and tradition, the CDs will offer
a new perspective and concrete understanding of Indian civilization.
A legitimate pride in being part of that civilization will follow as a natural
consequence. However, the common pitfall of excessive or fanciful
claims and hollow glorification of India's past will be scrupulously
Designed as a serious yet entertaining teaching and learning centre, the
series would target not only students, but also teachers,
parents, and cultural or educational institutions - in India
as well as abroad, especially among NRI communities. This
project therefore aims at long-term and far-reaching impact.
It will be coordinated by Michel Danino, IFIH's convener, and will make full
use of IFIH's network of thinkers and scholars.
If you wish to support this important project, please go through the next pages
and contact us.
You can help by:
supplying expertise or material (text, photos, videos
helping in research if you live near a well-stocked
sending suggestions for fund-raising;
contributing financially (we can email a budget proposal