The NIAS emblem can be traced back to a remarkable Sanskrit work called the Sulva-sutras. Sulva-sutras are one of the four Kalpa-sutra texts concerned chiefly with Vedic ritual and display a deep knowledge of geometry from pre-Euclidean times. Scholars are not agreed on the precise date of the Sutras, but the text clearly pre-dates Panini and must have been composed before the 6th century B.C. The NIAS emblem displays an arrangement of bricks in the first layer of an altar called ‘syena-cita’. The altar has the shape of an eagle or falcon and is described in the eleventh chapter of the Baudayana text.
The syena-cita represents imagination that inspires great mathematics and engineering – an apt symbol for the National Institute of Advanced Studies.
For complete write-up read: R Narasimha, About the NIAS Emblem, National Institute of Advanced Studies
The NIAS Logo was designed by the renowned sculptor Mr. Balan Nambiar.