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Source of all the knowledge we have has come from Nalanda

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The Front Lawns at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur was packed to the rafters as Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama made his way on to the stage to address the opening day of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival Thursday afternoon.

Blending with the mood of the Festival, the Dalai Lama began his conversation speaking on the influence that literature had on his life.

“As a young boy, I was not much interested in philosophy,” he said. But “stories, like the Jataka stories, some of them are very moving.”

He enjoyed reading stories that showed the capacity of a human being or an animal to help another person, he said, but joked that he did not like stories about miracles because he did not believe in them.

“Whenever I have time, I’m always reading the root texts of Buddhism I learned when I was 6 or 7 years old,” he said while stressing on the importance of debate and investigation as a tool of learning.

The Dalai Lama spoke about India's immense contribution to learning since a…

Aryabhatta could have been Nalanda VC !

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Scientists and mathematicians of the country converged in Patna to present papers at a seminar on History of science and technology in India on Saturday and discussed the contributions of ancient Indian scholars. Aryabhatta is considered the first real contributor in science, mathematics
and astronomy in India. His work titled

Aryabhatta is a source of reference for all researchers, said Sabyasachi Chatterjee of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics at the inaugural session.

But to me, his most important contribution would be his approximation of the value of "pi". His extensive calculations and observations enabled him to calculate the value of"pi" accurately to the fourth decimal point! His accuracy despite the limitations in technology during his time, is astonishing, said Chatterjee.

Quoting Bhaskara 1, whose commentary on Aryabhatta is a source of understanding Aryabhatta's work, Chatterjee said, Bhaskara's commentary uses -kulap - which is considered …