New textbooks aim to make Sanskrit a spoken language among students

The textbooks will be completely in Sanskrit language and even the teaching process will be in Sanskrit.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:April 21, 2017 4:59 am

Hoping to kindle encourage students to start conversing and writing in Sanskrit, beyond its use as a theoretical subject in schools, the Maharashtra State Bureau of Text Book Production and Curriculum Research, also known as Balbharati, has completely revised the Sanskrit language syllabus and textbooks for Class VIII and IX.

Offered to students of English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati media, the new Sanskrit textbooks are intended to be more engaging, with emphasis on pictorial content, activity-based learning, stories, songs and even small conversations, which now form the syllabus. The textbooks will be completely in Sanskrit language and even the teaching process will be in Sanskrit.

“If you see the earlier textbooks, even though the content was Sanskrit, often the head of questions such as Match the Following or Fill in Blanks was written in English or another language. Even some grammatical explanations were given in other languages. But in the new books, everything is in Sanskrit only as we want the students to take complete interest in this language. Earlier, students would view this language more like a bookish subject but the idea is to make them move to conversational Sanskrit. Hence, the new books have lots of pictures, small everyday conversations, diagrams,” said an official.

Asked if the decision to move to a complete Sanskrit-only textbook would prove difficult for students who are first-timers to the language, officials at Balbharati said that for words or concepts that are tough, QR codes will be given in the textbook. If the code is scanned by either teachers or students, then they will direct them to webpages that will explain the word or concept. There, one can choose to get meanings in other languages too.

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    Tiruvallur Thattai Krishnan
    Apr 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm
    It is not enough if the books alone are completely in Sanskrit. For the program to be effective, the teachers must also speak and teach only in Sanskrit and it is not known all of them are equipped to that. If the teachers start teaching in Marathi, Hindi or English, then the purpose will be lost.
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    Sandhya Kapadi
    Apr 21, 2017 at 10:56 am
    If Balbharti could bring the book as early as possible in the market then it would be benificial for teachers and automatically for the students. Because teachers could study it thoroughly and teach the contents to the students much confidently. Thus the approach of the school, children n parents will be 100 positive. Children would enjoy learning Sanskrit language. Thanks a lot to Balbharti and the state government.
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    Apr 21, 2017 at 9:56 am
    नवीन पुस्तकाचे आम्ही स्वागत करतो आणि आतुरतेने वाट पाहतो.
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    Surekha Prashant Kolhe
    Apr 21, 2017 at 9:41 am
    We will welcome for the book and this new teaching method as Sanskrit Teachers. Sanskrit should be teach in Sanskrit only. New text book should get early.