The proposed course will also include study to becoming a priest (purohit vidya) also, reported Indo-Asian News Service.
"Astrology, vaastu, and purohit vidya, are an important part of Indian's ancient culture. State government will take necessary steps for their conservation and promotion. The school education department will start a one-year course to study these subjects from this very year," Mr. Shah said.
After complaining how "our country's ancient culture is getting affected by modernity," the minister commented that "astrology impacts human lives, the courses of events and climate change. We need to study astrology to understand these changes".
He also announced that workshops will be held at every district headquarters on the topics of "science of astrology" and its "relevance in today's world", reported IANS.
Justifying the decision of IIT Kharagpur, the head of Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management of the Institute, Prof. Joy Sen then said, Vaastu shastra should be followed to curb ongoing unplanned urbanisation.
"Incorporating Vaastu principles in designs of buildings could make buildings more eco-friendly since principles of layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry are well defined in Vaastu Shastra," Prof. Sen told PTI then.
(With Inputs From IANS)