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Fun time: Students chill out
Fun time: Students chill out

SUNIL NALIYATH

Govt Sanskrit College, Tripunithura

The Hangout: The Library

Rush Hour: 10.30 to 11a.m. (Nothing official about it !)

Where it’s at: The library is located on the ground floor of the UG Block of the college. It boasts of a good collection of books and a perfect ambience too and is a place where students prefer to spend their spare time.

What’s to love:

The legacy of the place. The Government Sanskrit College was established by Sri. Rama Varma, the erstwhile Maharaja of Cochin way back in 1914. This centre of learning located at the royal town of Tripunithura is the only institution under the Mahatma Gandhi University that’s fully dedicated to the study of the scholarly language Sanskrit. “Initially, admission was restricted to those who had already acquired sound knowledge of Sanskrit language and the duration of the course was a long seven years at the end of which Sasthrabhooshana title was awarded”, says K. P. Prasanna, principal of the college.

Moving with the times, the college has undergone several changes and today it offers four degree programmes with specialisation in Nyaya, Sahitya, Vedanta and Vyakarana and three post graduate programmes in Nyaya, Sahita and Vyakarana. The college also has a Centre for Research in Sanskrit duly approved by the University. Besides, there is a Grandha library, which has a rare collection of palm leaf and paper manuscripts. The Ravi Varma Grandhavali is the publication division of the college which has brought out several titles till date. A half yearly research journal titled ‘Poornatrayee’ is also periodically brought out by the college. Apart from a memorial lecture named after Pareekshith Thampuran held every year, the college also organises an annual conference called Sasthra Sadas.

As of now, the air in the campus is that of jubilance. The entire buildings in the college are getting a fresh coat of paint. The ‘alankara’ process is being taken on war footing as the peer team of NAAC is scheduled to visit the campus later this month.

What’s not to:

The college administration shares a cordial relationship with the students and the message for the students is to maintain an order and restraint without bringing disgrace to the college.

Alternatives:

Despite the fact that the college does not have a very large campus, it has its own share of popular hangouts. The courtyard of the college is one such sought after location for both girls and boys. For those who are in a mood to romance it is extra-wide pillars along the first floor corridor of the UG Block. The computer centre, cool classrooms, the long verandahs are some of the preferred hangouts. sunilnaliyath@gmail.com

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