A step towards bringing Indian Knowledge Systems to you

We are a product of the non-profit trust, Rishi Rina. Vidya Vatika is an online platform for learning Indian Knowledge Systems. In today’s age, we can access the world by our fingertips and literally just by our fingertips. We realised this is a huge forum to spread our ancient knowledge. Indian Knowledge Systems are the various systems developed in ancient India by eminent scholars to face life. This timeless knowledge today sits in those ancient texts to which many have turned a blind eye. Vidya Vatika aims at bringing back that knowledge and applying it in the modern day. You will get to learn various topics from scholars working in this field for more than three decades.

Rishi-Rina

Rishi-Rina is a non-profit trust, which strongly believes in Indian culture and heritage, ancient Indian Systems and wants to work towards their preservation and dissemination in the modern day.

The Logo defines the true aim of the trust. A Banyan tree with its roots touching the ground, denoting the knowledge imparted by a Guru (teacher) to his Shishya (student) sitting underneath it. The knowledge so imparted, stays even when the teacher might not be there and as a part of repaying his Rina (debt) towards the Rishi (teacher), the student is now spreading the knowledge ahead.

Hence the trust 'Rishi-Rina'.

Faculty

We have two professors, who have been in the field of Indian Knowledge Systems and conducting courses at various locations all over India. People have gained a lot of insight on the subjects from them and asked for more each time. They have made Vidya Vatika to spread awareness on their subjects globally.

Professor V. N. Jha

Prof. V. N. Jha is an eminent scholar and a specialist of various branches of Sanskrit learning.
All along his life he has been trying to promote Sanskrit studies through multi-disciplinary approaches in order to make such studies relevant to contemporary world and knowledge domains. He has visited several countries as visiting Professor and has delivered lectures. He created new disciplines of study in Sanskrit. He has contributed over 50 books and over 150 articles. 35 students received PhD degree under his supervision. He is member of a number of national and international academic bodies and institutions. He has been honored by several academic institutions (such as Mahamahopadhyaya by Hindi Sammelan Prayag; Vidyavachaspati by Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati; Pandita-Sarvabhauma  by Moris Stella College, Vijayawada, Andhrapradesh,etc.) In the year 2012, he was conferred the degree of D.Lit. by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi in the International Conference.
He has a long administrative experience of 20 years as the Director, Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune. He was also the founding Chairman of the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He retired on 31st of July, 2006. 

Professor Ujjwala Jha

She is a former Professor and Director of the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune. She has a teaching experience of 30+ years. She has completed a dual M.A. in Sanskrit & Pali as well as Indian Logic & Epistemology from Pune University. She completed her Ph.D from Pune University in the year 1986.
She has been associated with numerous universities. She has presented more than 100 research papers in national and international conferences and seminars. Over 85 of these papers have been published. She has 24 books to her credit and many of them are being popularly used by students worldwide.
She has been actively conducting a three-level workshop in ‘Navya Nyaya Language and Methodology’ along with Prof V N Jha from the year 2000 in numerous locations all over India. She has also designed a similar workshop in Mimamsa Philosophy which is one of its kind in the subject. These courses are increasing awareness in Indian Knowledge Systems day by day. She is highly appreciated for her skills in projecting the subject in simple diagrams that help students understand the subject easily.

Objectives of Rishi Rina

  1. To preserve, promote and disseminate our age-old Indian wisdom handed down to us in Sanskrit scriptures and literatures.

  2. To make available to one and all, without discrimination of any kind the Indian intellectual, philosophical and spiritual knowledge systems developed by ancient India.

  3. To establish national and international Institution(s) to achieve  1. and 2. above.

  4. To disseminate Indian knowledge systems through modern technology like Online Courses etc.

  5. To edit , translate and publish Manuscripts available in Sanskrit.

  6. To frame short-term/ long term courses on Ancient Indian Wisdom for public at large.

  7. To encourage multi-disciplinary research on Ancient Indian Knowledge Systems in order to make it contemporarily relevant.

  8. To prepare Manuals for students right from primary level up to university level for giving exposure to the contributions of Ancient India in various fields of knowledge.

  9. To organize camps and lectures for the students, teachers and public to create awareness about Indian contributions to various fields of knowledge.

  10. To develop graded manuals for All-inclusive Spiritual Education in order to promote the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam ( The entire world is One family) , universal brotherhood and universal mind .

  11. To promote rational thinking in students through the introduction to Shastras.

  12. To promote Bhakti-philosophy to generate a sense of  service to humanity.

  13. To give exposure to Environmental Awareness reflected in our ancient scriptures in order to promote environmental ethics including cleanliness, health etc. etc.

  14. To identify , interpret and relate all universal thought for universal good from our ancient scriptures.

  15. To create motivated teachers  with a strong sense of service to humanity through various programmes using original Sanskrit materials.

  16. To develop slowly all necessary Infrastructure to achieve the above mentioned objectives.

  17. To establish, maintain and run Schools, Colleges, Social service Centres in accordance with the above mentioned goals of the Trust. 

  18. To establish, Training Centres, and allied educational institutions to create manpower to achieve the objectives of the Trust. 

  19. To establish, Cultural, and Social Institutions for the dissemination of the ancient wisdom . 

  20. To Spread for promotion of education and learning in all branches of learning,  more specifically,  in ancient Indian wisdom. 

  21. To promote Indian Culture and Literature for the Service of our Nation. 

  22. To train teachers and workers in ideals and practice of the true spirit of the education and learning. 

  23. To establish research and training Centres for the furtherance of education/learning in it’s various fields and branches. 

  24. To undertake promotion, training and education of the masses either on its own or in co-operation with similar Agencies working for the cause of all round development of the Society. 

  25. To bring, publish and sell, distribute books, periodicals, leaflets, brochures and papers and also to open and maintain libraries, reading rooms for the promotion of the objectives of the Trust. 

  26. To function as a Non-communal Trust and as a secular organization. 

  27. To establish Centres for employment generation through ancient wisdom at various places of India. 

  28. To acquire and maintain the movables and immovable properties for achieving the said objectives. 

  29. To advance any other objective of general public utility. 

  30. To confer title on eminent personality in the field of ancient wisdom ,science, education, literature, etc. in recognition of his or her contribution to knowledge.  

  31. To establish the colleges to impart education in the area of higher education especially the emerging field like, Electronics, Bio-technology, and other allied fields as a service to the society, particularly to the rural population. 

  32. To take up the Translation of Sanskrit works into English and modern Indian languages.