VIJAYAWADA: Maris Stella College will organise a two-day national conference on “Prof. Satya Vrat Shastri, the Gyanpeeth Awardee’s contribution to Sanskrit studies” from Friday.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, College principal P. Japamalai and head of Sanskrit department D. Ramakrishna said Satya Vrat Shastri was the first Sanskrit scholar to receive the Jnanpeeth award. Prof. Shastri was known as a living legend in the field of Sanskrit, and received 64 awards, including Padmasri and Sahitya Academy awards. As many as 35 speakers would present their views and observations on Prof. Shastri’s contribution.

Dr. Ramakrishna said Sri Venkateswara Vedic University and the AP State Council for Higher Education were sponsoring the conference, where vice-chancellors of the Sri Venkateswara Vedic University and the Tirupati-based Rashtriya Sanskrit University would also address the gathering.

C. Upender Rao, associate professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies in JNU, and Chirala-based R. Mohan Rao, honorary editor of Atma Jyothi, who preserved many Sanskrit documents and texts, would also participate, he said.