April 12, 2013 3:59:53 am
Though two contemporary languages,Hindi and Punjabi,find their roots in Sanskrit,the department of this ancient language in Panjab University (PU) has few takers.
For the past few years the department has been getting just 30 students against the sanctioned 60 seats. Official information has revealed that 10 years ago,the department used to have 60 students. Gradually the strength of the students declined,because with the passage of time,this language has become less popular in schools and colleges,especially those located in Punjab.
Moreover,in certain schools,Sanskrit has been made an optional subject. Since it is considered difficult,students usually prefer easy subject over Sanskrit.
However,the department has around 16 research scholars researching into various areas of the subject.
The department chairperson,Prof V K Alankar,said,This is not only a case in Panjab University. Other education institutions are also facing the same problem. With the passage of time,the things have changed.
Our department has good infrastructure and there is hardly any problem. If schools and colleges start asking the students to learn Sanskrit then definitely the number of students will increase in higher education institutions. This subject should not be made optional. I have learnt that in some schools,students have been asked to choose between drawing or Sanskrit and in some cases physical education or Sanskrit,and with an aim to secure more marks,students always choose the easy subject, he added.
Prof Alankar is also heading a Dayanand Vedic Chair. He said that under this chair as many as 72 students have done their doctorate in philosophy.
This language is becoming less popular because there is no market and provides no job opportunity. If students start taking this language as a proper subject in their colleges then it might raise teaching job opportunities, felt Radhika,a student.
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