Thirteenth convocation of Rashtriya Sanskrit University conducted
Translation and understanding of great writings on Sanskrit written in foreign languages favoured
Sanskrit graduates urged to act as ‘ambassadors’ in showcasing India’s rich heritage to the world
TIRUPATI: Jnanpeeth awardee Padma Bhushan Satyavrata Sastri has advised Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha to establish a ‘foreign language department’ to facilitate translation and understanding of the great writings on Sanskrit written in English, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese and other languages.
In his address at the 13th convocation of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha here on Monday, Prof. Sastri referred to the project under his editorship on identifying the Sanskrit words found in the vocabulary of the South East Asian languages and wanted the Vidyapeetha to undertake a similar task with Indian languages like Telugu, Bengali etc. “This will help us calculate the percentage of Sanskritic influence on a given language and also build bond between the two”. He also urged the scholars to edit and study the 30 lakh Sanskrit manuscripts in the possession of the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM).
Governor of Assam and Chancellor Janaki Ballav Patnaik lamented that the emphasis of English medium schools was more on material pursuit than character building. “In sharp contrast, the ancient ‘Gurukula’ system treated princes and paupers alike, helping them gain knowledge with humility”. Minister of State for Human Resources Development D. Purandeswari appealed to the Sanskrit graduates to act as ‘ambassadors’ in showcasing India’s rich heritage to the world. “The great culture of India is written in this great language, which needs to be protected and propagated”. She later unveiled the varsity’s Golden Jubilee logo and honoured Sivasree, the artist who designed it.
Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy informed that the construction of Type IV quarters, dispensary and canteen were part of the development activities in the pipeline.
Dr. Patnaik conferred the honoris causa ‘Mahamahopadhyaya’ on scholars Vishnubhatla Subrahmanya Sastri, Sreedhara Vasishta, Viswanatha Gopalakrishna Sastri and the title ‘Vachaspati’ on Ramadheen Ramasamooj, Mohitkumar Ray and Govind Chandra Tej. Apart from gold medals to 14 students for excelling in their respective subjects, the Chancellor also gave away degrees to 38 Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.), 173 Acharya (M.A.), 99 Shastri (B.A.), 123 Shiksha Sastri (B.Ed), 25 Shiksha Acharya (M.Ed) and 49 M.Phil students. Registrar A.Gurumurti also took part.