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Updated: September 3, 2011 01:52 IST

Sanskrit varsity to seek Rs. 10-crore grant

T. S. Ranganna
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Karnataka Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor Mallepuram G. Venkatesh
Karnataka Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor Mallepuram G. Venkatesh

It will be for the 45 unaided pathashalas

Karnataka Sanskrit University will submit a proposal to the Government for a grant of Rs. 10 crore for 45 of the 65 unaided Sanskrit pathashalas.

University Vice-Chancellor Mallepuram G. Venkatesh told The Hindu that the all the Sanskrit pathashalas, 14 Sanskrit colleges — three government colleges, eight aided colleges and three unaided colleges — and the directorate of Sanskrit had been brought under the Higher Education Department.

Prof. Venkatesh said he would seek an additional grant of Rs.12 crore to pay teachers' salaries in these 45 pathashalas.

The reframing of Prathama, Dwiteeya and Sahitya examinations under the plus-two system and the standardisation of the syllabus for classes up to plus-two, vidwat (degree) courses, and postgraduate courses were on.

It had been decided to introduce simple textbooks for plus-two classes and vidwat courses, and the duration of a period would be 60 minutes. A Board of Studies, comprising five experts, had been created for rewriting the syllabus. IT companies would supply computers to 235 pathashalas for teaching Sanskrit through CDs brought out by the Rashtriya Shikshan Samsthan.

He said the standard of teaching in Sanskrit had been improving in the State. A three-day refresher course with conversational Sanskrit and grammar was conducted for 60 schoolteachers in each division of the State.

Prof. Venkatesh said that a certificate course/evening classes would begin soon for professionals interested in learning the language, after getting approval from the Syndicate and Academic Council. A diploma and certificate course in smritis would be held for lawyers for better performance in courts.

Conversational Sanskrit would be taught in high schools during leisure hours. A 64-page monograph would be brought out on 100 Sanskrit scholars under the ‘Saraswatopasakaru' series. Prof. Venkatesh, who translated ‘Shivatatva Ratnakara of Keladi Basavaraja Bhoopala', a Sanskrit encyclopaedia written in the 18th century, into Kannada, said that ‘Maanasollasa', the Sanskrit encyclopaedia written by Someshwara in the 11th century, would be also translated into Kannada .

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