18th January 2018, Hyderabad: Dr. Prahlada Ramarao, Former Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller, DRDO delivered a guest lecture on ‘Aerospace Technologies – Ancient Indian to Modern Global’ at GITAM Hyderabad (Deemed University) on 18th January 2018. GITAM Aerospace Engineering Department organized this session.
Dr. Prahlada developed interest towards Ancient Technologies after reading the English translated version of Maharshi Bhardwaja ‘Vimanika Sastra’. He said that it is very difficult to understand ‘Vimanika Sastra’ Sanskrit version without the help of Sanskrit Scholars. Three professionals from Sanskrit, Engineering, and Science should sit together to understand the exact meaning of Vimanika Sastra. The Governments should come forward with a seed fund of INR 20 crores to implement this project, he appealed. He has been triggering the budding scientist and engineers to focus on ancient technologies.
Dr. Kavya Vaddadi, the Researcher of Vimanika Sastra told that ancient technology is more advanced than the modern and we have to rediscover and recreate many more things. Rukma Vimana, Shakuna, Sundara and Tripura Vimana are there in Vimanika Sastra, whereas Tripura can travel in air, water and on road also she added. Dr. Kavya showed the 3D printing models, which are developed by her based on the technology of Vimanika Sastra.
Earlier, GITAM Pro VC Prof. N.Siva Prasad introduced the guest and felicitated him. GITAM Aerospace Engineering Department HoD Prof. N.V.Swamy Naidu proposed the vote of thanks.
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