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Mangalore: National Symposium on Sanskrit Begins at Vijaya College


Sunil Haleyangady
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (RD/CN)

Mangalore, Aug 25: “Changes in the Indian education policy are advised. Although Sanskrit enjoys national recognition, it’s yet to make its effect. The need of the hour is to study its ideology,” said Professor V N Jha, former director, Sanskrit Study Centre, Pune, and internationally-acclaimed Sanskrit linguist.

He was speaking after inaugurating the UGC-sponsored national symposium on Sanskrit at Vijaya College, Mulky, near here, on Wednesday August 24. It was held under the aegis of Vijaya College and Poornaprajna Mandir, Bangalore.

“Indian culture is better studied with linguistic expertise in Sanskrit. There has been a major twist in the lifestyle of people who seek luxurious living and shun sacrifices. Sanskrit is the basis for Ayurveda that can treat both mental and physical ailments,” added Professor Jha.

Professor Hayavadana Puranik, president, Poornaprajna Mandir, Bangalore, in his presidential address, said that the influences of Sanskrit are being found in day-to-day living. “Sanskrit is not an extinct language it’s the mother of languages. The need of the hour is to lay emphasis on study of Sanskrit to educate the new generation of Indians on human values,” he added.

M B Puranik, chairman, Sharada Vidyalaya, said, “Even though English is vital in this era, one has to follow Indian culture for posterity. Despite Bhagvad Geeta study being compulsory in curriculums abroad, there are a few who oppose it in India, hence the need to create awareness in this regard.”

Mumbai alumni association president Karnire Vishvanat Shetty, and Vijaya College alumnus and NRI Dr Hansaraj Shetty conveyed best wishes for the symposium.

Dr A V Nagasampige, director, Poornaprajna Mandir was also present.

Vijaya College managing committee chairman Dr Acchyut Kudwa welcomed the gathering. Head of Hindi department Professor Yashodar K delivered the introductory address. College principal Professor K R Shankar proposed the vote of thanks. Professor Hayavadana compered the programme.

Nearly 300 participants including Sanskrit scholars, teachers, and students are attending the three-day symposium.


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