'There are more Sanskrit colleges and Sanskrit students in Germany than in India - the birthplace of the language.'

There were more Sanskrit colleges and Sanskrit students in Germany than in India - the birthplace of the language, Commissioner for Collegiate Education B.G. Nanda Kumar said and called upon the authorities and lovers of the language to popularise it.

Delivering the valedictory speech at the fifth International Vedic Science conference jointly organised by the National Institute of Vedic Sciences Trust of the Sri Sripadaraja Math and the Rashtriya Samskrit Samsthana, a Union Government unit, here on Sunday, Mr. Nanda Kumar attributed the lack of interest in popularising the language to the ignorance of its value and heritage.

He said that people were not aware of the hoary past of the country, including its languages, culture and civilisation.

Mr. Nanda Kumar said that Sanskrit has rich information on a variety of fields, including Ayurveda and mathematics.

He promised help to the institute for imparting information on science that Sanskrit contained .

Maharani’s Art College principal Ravikumar told Mr. Nanda Kumar that posts of Sanskrit teachers/lectures were vacant in many schools/colleges and urged him to take steps to fill them.

Keshavanidhi Tirtha Swamiji of Sri Sripadaraja Math and Vidyasagara Madhavatirtha Swamiji of Tambihalli Math spoke. Vice-chairman of the trust N.S. Lakshminarayana was present.

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