To promote Sanskrit in schools, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked students to send two minute long recorded audio clips on their topic of interest in Sanskrit through a messaging application, WhatsApp, by July 20 on the board’s number, 07042745234.
Students of Classes 9 to 12 can individually record a short speech, of around two minutes, in Sanskrit and send it on the board’s number.
At the start of the clip, students must mention about the details about his/her name, school address, contact details and class and send it on the above mentioned number on WhatsApp.
Talking to HT, RJ Khanderao, regional head, Panchkula, CBSE, said, “The board is celebrating Sanskrit Week. The objective is to provide an opportunity to teachers and students to come out and share their knowledge about Sanskrit and also learn from each other.”
“Schools af filiated with the board will start conducting Sanskrit-related activities in July and will further send entries to the board for a national-level competition,” he added.
He said, “The idea behind opting for WhatsApp is to engage students with technology and apprise them about the importance of the ancient language.”
Interestingly, many schools affiliated to CBSE don’t even offer Sanskrit as a subject. When asked, Khanderao said, “School not offering Sanskrit as a subject will not participate,” he said.
Talking about starting the initiate by using WhatsApp, he said, “The initiative has been taken to promote creative skills of students, who, with the usage of WhatsApp, can learn Sanskrit vocabulary and short phrases,” he added.
“As the activity is of a particular interest of present-age group students, it will help promoting the usage of technology in learning the ancient language,” he said.
These are other competitions to be organised in schools.
“KAVITA RACHANA”, OPEN FOR ALL CLASSES
Students can compose short Sanskrit poems on topics of their interests and submit in their respective schools. The concerned school will select the best poem and send it to the board with complete details of the student.
ESSAYS IN SANSKRIT, FOR CLASSES 9–12
Schools can conduct essay competitions on themes related to Sanskrit. The essay must be original and should relate to a topic important for promotion of Sanskrit, Indian art and culture, interlinking of Sanskrit with other modern Indian languages or other allied topics.
The essay must be neatly typed in Sanskrit and should not exceed 500 words.
SANSKRIT SHLOKA ANTAKSHARI, FOR CLASSES 6-8
Schools may organise recitation competitions for students by conducting “Shloka Antakshari”. Eminent Sanskrit scholars can also be invited as jury for final-level unctions.
Pradeep Singh, principal, Shamrock Christian Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, said, “In Punjab, schools only offer subjects like Hindi and Punjabi, while no initiative has been taken to promote Sanskrit. However, it is a good initiative and will help reviving our ancient language in schools.”