This first volume is a new adventure in the historiography of Indian civilization. It avoids the ethnic and west centred bias which has been a legacy of colonical historiography. It seeks strict scientific objectivity differing from all hitherto existing volumes of this kind by giving due attention to science and philosophy in the history of Indian civilization.The contributions are based on the first hand and critical study of the original sources by the best known experts. The volume is divided into six sections: Historiography; geography and ethnography; Prehistory, Technology and social evolution, Proto-history; The Vedas, vedic society and Ideas; and foundation and beginnings of systematic science.
G.C. Pande thinker, scholar, historian, regarded internationally as an authority on Buddhism and ancient Indian culture, joined the universit of Allahabad his alma mater, as lecturer in history after receiving his D. Phil in 1947. Later he became professor and head of the department of history of three universities-----Gorakhpur, Jaipur and Allahabad and the Chairman-cum-president, Indian Institute of advanced study, Shimla.