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Achievers: Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri giving away the certificates to Sanskrit and Music graduates in Bangalore on Sunday.
Achievers: Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri giving away the certificates to Sanskrit and Music graduates in Bangalore on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The State Government is committed to propagating the study of Sanskrit language and establishing a Sanskrit university, said Visveshwar Hegde Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education.

Speaking at the convocation of Sanskrit and music colleges organised by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board here on Sunday, he maintained that the State Government was committed to providing the impetus to the Sanskrit language. “We have introduced several programmes in this regard. Recently, the student stipend (for Sanskrit language students) was increased from Rs. 40 to Rs. 75. The Government will soon take steps to fill the vacant posts in the various Sanskrit schools and colleges,” he said.

Mr. Kageri said that the heads of various maths had been doing their bit to propagate the study of Sanskrit. He called upon Sanskrit students to make their voice heard over the opposition to the establishment of the Sanskrit university.

He said that the State Government had sent a Rs. 13 crore proposal to the Centre with regard to improvement of Sanskrit schools and colleges in the State, setting up of Sanskrit libraries, increase in grants for research, scholarship and stipend.

Adidevanand Swami of Kailasashram Mahasamsthan Math, Tumkur, in his convocation address (in Sanskrit), maintained that the standard of regional languages, including Kannada, had come down owing to neglect of Sanskrit. He said that a section, which was opposed to setting up of Sanskrit university, was demanding establishment of an Urdu university. “Tulu, which does not have its own script, has its own academy. Urdu also has its own academy. However, there is no academy for Sanskrit, which is known as the mother of all Indian languages,” he said.

The swami said that last year, while the Government had recruited 210 Kannada and 214 Hindi teachers, only four Sanskrit teachers were recruited. He placed before the Minister 12 demands, which included revision of Sanskrit textbooks that has been pending for the past 40 years, inclusion of Vidvat Uttama and Vidvat Madhyama in higher education, introduction of Sanskrit from class five as third language, establishment of Sanskrit Academy and a Sanskrit university, awarding scholars of Sanskrit and Vedas who have won national-level competitions.

As many as 114 students of Sanskrit and music received their degrees at the convocation.

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