Indore: What ails Sanskrit studies?

  • Padma Shastri, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2014 17:55 IST

Sanskrit scholars in Madhya Pradesh have three main issues which they want government and society to acknowledge. First, the move to revive vedic studies.

Ancient Indian knowledge will be of no use unless Sanskrit is linked to subjects of science, technology and arts because it is the medium of original knowledge of all subjects. This will also provide employment to Sanskrit scholars.

Second, in order to take Sanskrit to world stage, there is need to hold regular deliberations at the international level wherein world's top experts of different subjects should be invited.

"There, we should place our Sanskrit scriptures and tell them what we have. This will not only establish the original worth of our ancient knowledge but will also churn out new concepts," a MP Sanskrit Board office-bearer said wishing anonymity.

Thirdly, the problems prevailing in government Sanskrit colleges need to be solved. While the state government has issued circular that Sanskrit professors be elevated as principals of Sanskrit colleges, they have been made acting principals and not given full-fledged charge.

Then, not all Sanskrit colleges have building of their own. Gwalior Sanskrit College founded in 1854, functions from the Government Music College from 11 am to 4 pm after which it has to be vacated for music classes.

"It is the only Sanskrit college in Gwalior and Chambal division. Outstation students who want to study Sanskrit avoid joining it because there is no hostel facility either," college principal, Ramkumar Sharma said.

Experts say the new Sanskrit teachers should be groomed under guidance of Sanskrit scholars. Also, traditional Sanskrit teaching has to be encouraged as it will provide complete knowledge of ancient texts.

"How to draw talent towards Sanskrit especially those from elite class is a challenge. The stress has to be on quality Sanskrit education," said a Sanskrit teacher at a government school.

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