Justice Mukundakam Sharma, Chancellor of Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi, opined that the introduction of Sanskrit in various curricula would lead to several openings in livelihood and strongly felt that the study of the language should be made compulsory at the senior secondary level.

In his address at the 16th convocation of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha here on Wednesday, Dr. Sharma explained how Sanskrit learning and research would help the individuality of a person bloom.

“Ayurveda keeps us healthy, Yoga keeps our mind stable and knowledge of philosophy enriches spiritual knowledge. Thus, a Sanskrit scholar will be healthy by body, stable by mind and elevated spiritually.”

The human values enlisted in Vedas and Upanishads help in present day management strategies, he noted, seeking to contemporise Sanskrit.

RSVP Chancellor and Governor of Assam Janaki Ballav Patnaik said that universities should not merely issue degrees and doctorates, but become storehouses of knowledge. Many of our IITs, IIMs and the 500 universities and central research institutes were however deplorably poor in terms of global ranking, he lamented. In his annual report, Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy mentioned the efforts to ensure cent per cent placement of all the passouts.

The varsity presented honorary title ‘Mahamahopadhyaya’ to Samudrala Lakshmanaiah and Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee and ‘Vachaspati’ (honorary D.Litt) to Manubhai Patel and M.V. Simhachala Sastri. Apart from the graduation degrees, gold medals were presented to the excelling students.