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The search goes beyond the State

IS THERE dearth of eminent Sanskrit scholars in the State? So feels the UP Sanskrit Sansthan. The Sansthan has launched a ?countrywide search? for scholars to award its prestigious annual Vishwa Bharti award. The Sansthan has decided to consider scholars outside UP for its top eight awards as there are not many quality applications from the State this time.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 01:46 IST
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IS THERE dearth of eminent Sanskrit scholars in the State? So feels the UP Sanskrit Sansthan. The Sansthan has launched a ‘countrywide search’ for scholars to award its prestigious annual Vishwa Bharti award. The Sansthan has decided to consider scholars outside UP for its top eight awards as there are not many quality applications from the State this time.

“In the last committee meeting it was realised that applications coming in for the awards were not impressive enough. It was felt that rules restricting non-UPites from applying for the awards should be relaxed. Then it was decided to open the awards to Sanskrit scholars from all over the country,” PK Pandey, director UP Sanskrit Sansthan, said.

Pandey added that in their earlier avatar these awards were open to scholars from all across the nation. “But in 1994-95, the government narrowed the scope of the awards and restricted them only for UPites,” he said.

“The objective of these awards is to felicitate Sanskrit scholars and encourage younger people to take up the subject for research,” he added.

Interestingly, the Sansthan has loosened its purse strings for the awards this year. The price money for the Vishwa Bharti Award has been increased from Rs 1.51 lakh to Rs 2.51 lakh. The other awards that will be open to Sanskrit scholars from all across the country are Vyas Puraskar, Narad Puraskar and five other awards of 25,000 each.