Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday lauded Karnataka’s efforts in advocating and encouraging Sanskrit in educational institutions.
While addressing the pre-graduate convocation ceremony and Samskrit Week celebrations of Karnataka Samskrit University in Bengaluru, Sitharaman said that it was very invigorating to see so many girl students learning Sanskrit, and “it is a matter of pride for Karnataka to promote and encourage Sanskrit education this way”.
“If I get even a small opportunity in the Parliament to talk about education or Sanskrit, I will raise my voice for it. The scholarship that everyone has acquired is invaluable because it is part of the contribution to India’s glorious history and cultural heritage,” said the union minister.
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Sitharaman launched the new website of Karnataka Samskrit University, a university established in 2010 by the Karnataka Government under the Directorate of Samskrit Education, on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Sitharaman also emphasised that the works of Sanskrit scholars and students in India should be exposed globally. The finance minister also gave examples of professors and institutions imparting Sanskrit education in countries such as Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. “I strongly recommend that the Directorate of Samskrit Education initiate student exchange programmes and make Sanskrit education popular outside the country too.”
The university conducted its 9th edition of pre-graduate convocation and Samskrit Week celebration at Bengaluru’s Bangalore Gayana Samaja where 98 teachers who retired from the aided Samskrit Pathashalas during the year 2019-22 were conferred with ‘Samskrit Seva Sammana’. Around 100 students from different Pathashalas across the state who excelled in Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana recitations and other cultural activities were felicitated.
Six Pathashalas which rendered excellent service were also honoured on the occasion.
The Karnataka Samskrit University has 243 aided Veda and Samskrita Pathashalas spread across the state. The curriculum imparts teachings of Sanskrit language, literature and Vedic studies and shastras such as Vyakarana, Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa, Vedanta, Bauddha, Jaina, Dharma Shastra among others. The university offers courses on Gita-based management science, Yoga-based human psychology, Indian and Western astronomy, ayurvedic sciences and much more to facilitate and regulate advanced study and research. According to professor K E Devanathan, Vice-Chancellor of the university, 186 students have enrolled for PhD this year, which is the highest so far.