Need for steps to make the language user-friendly stressed

Governor M.C. Bhandare has urged teachers and students of Sri Jagannath Sanskrit University of Puri to contribute towards popularisation of Sanskrit language.

Addressing the 30 {+t} {+h} Foundation Day celebrations of the university at the temple town on Wednesday, Mr. Bhandare reminded that Sanskrit was the common man's language in ancient times and several Indian languages originated from it. “As India's oldest language, it is a treasury of knowledge and wisdom of Indian civilisation,” he observed and pointed out that a misconception of the language as a complex and classical one gradually distanced it from the common people resulting in its diminishing popularity. The Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the university, advocated for reformation of the language to make it user-friendly for the mass and suggested use of information technology for promotion of Sanskrit.

Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati, Harekrushna Satapathy, who was also a special invitee for the occasion and addressed, also underscored the role of the Sanskrit universities in conservation and promotion of the language in India and abroad.

University Vice-Chancellor in-charge Nilakantha Pati, who welcomed, aired similar views.

Report presented

Presenting a report of the university, its Registrar Surendra Nath Behera said the university established eight departments despite resource crunch over the past three decades. As many as 164 colleges across Orissa were affiliated to it which has been imparting undergraduate and degree-level programmes. The university would soon institute scholarships for meritorious students and build up a hostel for the girl students to encourage enrolment of more female students, he added.


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