ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Sanskrit can be exported to West’

Worthy honour: Yoga guru Swami Ramdev being conferred the title ‘Mahamahopadhyaya’ by Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, in Tirupati on Wednesday. Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy is also seen.

Worthy honour: Yoga guru Swami Ramdev being conferred the title ‘Mahamahopadhyaya’ by Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, in Tirupati on Wednesday. Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy is also seen.   | Photo Credit: -Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

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TIRUPATI: Bogged down by spiritual stagnation, the western countries will get a breather with the “export of higher education” as envisaged by the UGC’s new Five-Year Plan document, said Ramaranjan Mukherjee, noted educationist and former Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha here on Wednesday. While the West is ahead in terms of scientific and technological advancements, it is the component of Sanskrit learning that can be exported, he added.

In his address at the 12th convocation of the Vidyapeetha, he recalled the policy of National Education 1986, which had described the goal of education as production of a new generation burning in scientific insight and feeling pride in the nation’s rich cultural heritage. He urged the government to appoint spiritually-enlightened persons as ambassadors to promote the glory of India thought abroad.

Mr. Mukherjee dubbed a young graduate, merely endowed with knowledge of technology, ‘a dangerous machine’ on prowl. “Only Sanskrit learning can induct responsiveness in our hearts and establish global fraternity, mutual tolerance and universal peace”.

Chancellor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik appreciated the varsity for bagging the ‘Centre of Excellence’ status and A+ grade from NAAC. “Sanskrit knowledge is must to know one’s roots and cultural heritage”, he noted.

He later conferred honoris causa ‘Mahamahopadhyaya’ title on Yoga guru Swami Ramdev, dramatist Shriniwas Rath, eminent polyglot Rangadhar Sarangi, champion of spoken Sanskrit movement R.N. Aralikatti and Vedic scholar Krishnamurthi Sastri.

Titles conferred

Similarly, the ‘Vacaspati’ title was conferred on civil servant-turned-poet Sitakant Mohapatra, President awardee author Mudumbai Narasimhacharya, V-C of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture K.G. Paulose, editor of Tridandi Jeeyar’s Bhakti Nivedana magazine T.P. Sreeramachandracharyulu and researcher Kalyanbrata Chakraborty. Doctorates and gold medals were later presented .

Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy hinted at the launch of an exclusive Sanskrit channel, in association with the TTD and the Ministry of Communication and IT.

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