Our Chancellor Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi’s message of ‘Education for life and not just for living’ paved the way to the introduction of Cultural Education as part of study in the B.Tech. programme, in 2007. The faculty handling the subject are specialized in Vedantic studies, Yogic Science and Sanskrit.
The first year students study a two credit course during both the semesters. Yoga classes are an integral part of the course. The dimensions of Indian culture and values, Amma’s Life and Teachings, the Indian education systems through ages, the teachings of great seers and saints of India, essential lessons from Ramayana and Mahabharata, the essence of Bhagavad Gita, the evolution of Indian society and related topics are studied. Yoga classes provide training in Suryanamaskara, Aasanas, the deep relaxation technique, the Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique, breathing exercises and Pranayama. Classes in Advanced Yoga are conducted for senior students.
The second year students study an elective titled Yoga Psychology which has lessons from Bhagavad Gita and Yogasutram. Topics such as happiness, illusions, concentration, self exploration and the state of consciousness are studied. Students make presentations on several topics from the great Indian epics and scriptures, thus fostering interest and awareness of the great Indian cultural heritage.
The Cultural Education Department mentors the Vedanta club that conducts events promoting love for Indian systems in different aspects of life. It encourages students to undertake and involve themselves in activities upholding Indian practices and values, and to develop the feeling of universal brotherhood. Vedic chanting, quiz on India and Indian heritage, seminars and invited talks on socially and culturally relevant topics, visits to heritage sites and workshops on Spoken Sanskrit are a few interesting activities undertaken.