National level orientation programme on development of Sanskrit

Gangtok, 20 May:

Ten-day national level orientation programme on development of Sanskrit language in India began here at Sikkim State Co-operative Union,Assam Linzey, today with a view to revitalize the vision and action plan for the development of Sanskrit in the next ten years. More than 80 scholars of the Sanskrit language from across the country are participating in the programme.

While inaugurating the ten-day orientation programme, chief guest Information Commissioner, CP Dhakal urged the scholars to take active participation in the orientation programme and work towards the development of Sanskrit.

The orientation programme is organized by Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, in collaboration with Sanskrit Division of Human Resource Development Department, Government of Sikkim.

Mr Dhakal said that Sanskrit has remained as a beloved but ornamental language and not as the communicative language. It has not been given priority either in the policies of States or Center and this disconnect between Sanskrit education and main stream education has to be resolved by exploring all the possibilities, he added.

National Coordinator and key person of this orientation programme, Ratna Mohan Jha said that the government willsupport the development of Sanskrit language reaching out to institutions and individuals who are concerned with Sanskrit education to elicit views for vision and road map for the development of Sanskrit in the next ten years.

Additional Director,HP Dhakal, State Human Resource Development Department Sanskrit Division stressed that Sanskrit language and literature is a vast repository of knowledge encompassing all spheres of life.

He further said that India needs Sanskrit more than ever before, to bridge the ancient and modern, to unravel the knowledge contained in the ancient texts, to protect our Intellectual Property Rights, to explore new avenues of innovations and to lead India into the forefront of this knowledge driven world. However, neither this language nor its treasure has been explored and applied to the extent it deserves, he said.

Additional Director [Text Books], Sonam Lepcha,highlighted various schemes initiated by the State Government in Sanskrit education in various Sanskrit Pathsalas and monastic schools. The programme was also assisted by Executive Officer of Cooperation Department,Thendup Bhutia, Assistant Director, GP Subba and Sanskrit Division, Laxmi Prasad Adhikari, HRDD.