Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday expressed concern over the declining interest of youth in the language and exhorted them to study and do more research in the Indian customary languages.“All the Sanskrit scholars should deliberate upon what is to be done for the development of the language. The teaching of Sanskrit should be attractive and research has to be more functional,” he said.
Presiding over a three-day national Sanskrit seminar on the subject ‘Role of Sanskrit in Development of Nation and Society’ in Government Sanskrit College Solan on Thursday Singh said all the spoken languages originated from Sanskrit and we being Indians, were proud of the language as all the Granthas, Epics, Vedas and Puranas were written in Sanskrit said the Chief Minister. Considered as ‘Dev Vani’ or the language of Gods, Sanskrit enables us to understand the evolution of ancient Indian civilisation which has helped immensely in making India ‘Vishwa Guru’, he maintained.
“Sanskriti (culture) and Sanskrit (language) are one and the same thing as I believe that it was important to preserve and promote it, as Sanskrit language is inseparable part of our day to day life,” he said.
The Chief Minister said most of the languages of various countries originate from Sanskrit, he said adding that Sanskrit literature shows a wide variety of forms and types and the need of the hour was to preserve the same along with our ancient old traditions and culture.
Even the foreigners evince keen interest in the language and do research of the original Sanskrit texts as these contained some of the earliest thoughts and discoveries,” he added. Every Indian should learn the basics of Sanskrit language, though he may not be a scholar in this but he should learn the language so as to speak and understand it, the Chief Minister said.
Knowledge in Sanskrit will go a long way in finding solutions to the contemporary problems he said, adding a new direction and vision was needed in the field of research in Sanskrit to accomplish this task. Singh said the state government was committed to give impetus to the Sanskrit language and has made it compulsory in schools from class sixth to eighth.
The Chief Minister said that the government would provide financial assistance to anyone who wanted to pursue higher education in Sanskrit. He also lauded efforts of the scholars who have promoted the language in the State. The CM honoured Padamshri Ramakant Shukl, Prof, Priyavrat Sharma, Prof Keshav Sharma and Prof Rehas Bihari Dwiwedi on the occasion. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil urged for making Sanskrit compulsory till 10th class. “We should promote the language to make it popular amongst the younger generation,” he added.
Prof Ramesh Kumar Pandey Vice-Chancellor, Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi, Prof Abhiraj Rajinder Mishr, Former Vice Chancellor, Sampoornanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, Dr Hari Chand Sharma Vice Chancellor, Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Forestry and Horticulture, also spoke on the occasion.
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