Areas of Research
The Institute's Memorandum of Association has identified the perspectives that should guide research in different areas: These are:
- The areas of investigation should be such as would promote interdisciplinary research.
- The areas identified should have deep human significance.
- The principal areas should be those in which scholars of eminence can be attracted in the initial stages, both for the purposes of developing the methodological framework for interdisciplinary research and for ensuring an acceptable quality in output that will encourage extension of such efforts to more areas in future; provided that in selecting the projects, attention should be given to areas of national relevance and whatever possible, appropriate consultations should be held with Government Departments, Research Organizations etc., in determining them. Each of these projects should, however, be for a specified period and under no circumstances, the period of such projects should be extended. At the end of each of these projects, there should be a publication, setting out the results.
The following areas have been selected for studies by the Institute:
- Social, political and economic philosophy.
- Comparative Indian (including ancient, medieval, modern folk and tribal).
- Comparative studies in philosophy and religion.
- Development of world-views.
- Education, culture, arts including performing arts and crafts.
- Fundamental concepts and problems of logic and mathematics.
- Fundamental concepts and problems of natural and life sciences.
- Studies in environment, natural and social.
- Indian civilization in the context of Asian neighbours.
- Problems of contemporary India in the context of national integration and nation-building.
- Theme of Indian unity in diversity.
- Integrity of Indian consciousness.
- Philosophy of education in the Indian perspective.
- Advanced concepts in natural sciences and their philosophical implications.
- Indian and Asian contribution to the synthesis of science and spirituality.
- Indian and human unity.
- A Companion to Indian Literature.
- A Comparative Study of Indian Epics.
- Human Environment.