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Delhi government to open 75 Sanskrit learning centres

The Arvind Kejriwal government aims to educate the city residents about the ‘practical aspects’ of Sanskrit. And for the purpose, the Sanskrit academy of the Delhi government will soon open 75 centres across the capital, which would offer three-month certificate course in the ancient language.

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2017 23:08 IST
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Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who heads the arts and culture department, announced that the department will open 75 centres to teach ‘practical’ aspects of Sanskrit language.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who heads the arts and culture department, announced that the department will open 75 centres to teach ‘practical’ aspects of Sanskrit language.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

The Arvind Kejriwal government has decided to educate the city residents about the ‘practical aspects’ of Sanskrit. And for the purpose, the Sanskrit academy of the Delhi government will soon open 75 centres across the capital, which would offer three-month certificate course in the ancient language.

Addressing a press conference, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the decision has been taken with an aim to ensure that the city residents get well versed in the language and to generate interest among people to learn Sanskrit, usage of which has now been restricted to worship.

“Sanskrit is taught in schools, but the focus is more on the technical and grammatical aspects of the language. The course will focus more on the practical knowledge in day to day life. Almost all households worship and conduct rituals, but blindly follow what the priest conducts without understanding their relevance as all languages evolve scientifically,” Sisodia said.

Sisodia, who also heads the Arts and Culture department, said the Sanskrit Academy under the department will be offering the course with a nominal fee.

“A committee has been formed that will design the course syllabus. Two-hour classes will be held thrice a week,” Sisodia said.

Besides a course in Sanskrit, the arts and culture department has also decided to support opening Hindi clubs/sabhas across the city which would be centres to promote literature among the masses, officials said.