The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has proposed a new textbook that will discuss the ‘Indian knowledge system’ via a number of pseudoscientific claims about the supposed inventions and discoveries of ancient India (The Print report on 26 September). The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) signed off on the move, and the textbook – drawn up by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan educational trust – is set to be introduced in 80% of the institutions the AICTE oversees.
Some Unsubstantiated Claims Made in the book
Rishi Agastya invented electro-voltaic cell.
Rishi Agastya gives a method of electrolysis to produce Oxygen and Hydrogen from water.
Rishi Kanad in 'Vaisheshik Sutra' discusses types of motion as well as Newton’s laws of motion.
The book ‘Vaimanika Shastra’ was written by Rishi Bharadwaj about 5000 years ago. The book ‘Vaimanika Shastra’ is an authoritative text on not just construction on aeroplanes but also on navigation, aviation fuels and pilot preparation
The speed of light has been accurately mentioned in Rigveda.
The theory of gravitation has been first mentioned in Rigveda.
Note So far, no evidence in any form whatsoever has been given by the writers of the book. By evidence, I mean any mention of the above claims in the sources mentioned above as reported in modern peer reviewed reputable journals/writings or a direct quote from the aforementioned primary source.
I am not an authority on ancient Indian History. Before signing this petition, I want to be sure that all/most of the above claims are outright false.
As for sources which point towards all the above things being false, there is mentioned in the petition,
For example, you can read the paper written by members of Aeronautical Engineering faculty of IISc in 1974, debunking all the claims in the book Vaimanika Shastra.
Are any of the above claims true? If no, when and why did this (wrong) information originate?