The charm of the Dev Vaani Sanskrit --- seems to be on a decline in its homeland, Kashi!
The number of application forms received for courses like Shastri and Acharya courses run by Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, the only Sanskrit university of the state, suggests that students are losing interest in studying the language.
While the varsity offers 2640 seats including 1320 seats each in Shastri and Acharya courses, only 1200 application forms were received in both the courses respectively this year. Of these at least 100 students were reported absent in the entrance examinations that were conducted on Monday.
"We did receive only 1200 application as against 2640 seats available in Shastri and Acharya courses, but we went ahead with the entrance examinations in which around 100 students did not appear," said Prof Ramesh Dwivedi, dean, student welfare.
Last year too, as against 1320 seats each in Shastri and Acharya courses, only 800 application forms were received in Shastri and 600 forms were received in Acharya courses.
Interestingly, while there may be few takers for the course, the craze for learning Sanskrit among foreign nationals is intact.
"More than 70 foreign nationals from countries like Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and China are expected to get enrolled for different courses," said Dwivedi.
"Of these nearly 80 per cent take admissions in Pali, Buddha Darshan and Certificate Course in Sanskrit while the rest 20 pc take admissions in other courses," said Dwivedi.