EDICTS OF ASHOKA
SCIENCE & MEDICINE
PARTITION & INDEPENDENCE
>> India never invaded any country in her last 10,000 years of history.
>> When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
>> India is the largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
>> The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
>> India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
>> The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
>> Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion.
>> There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
>> The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
>> The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century
>> India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.
>> There are at present 227 government-recogniz ed Universities in India. Out of them 20 are central universities, 109 are deemed universities and 11 are Open Universities and rest are state universities.