India's First Spoken Sanskrit Centre Is Now in Ahmedabad

gujarat-university
Image: indiatoday.com

Gujarat University has taken a big step towards conserving vernacular languages by establishing India’s first Centre for Spoken Sanskrit, here in Ahmedabad. The Centre will be inaugurated in the presence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 10, 2018.

The institute is preparing to offer a six-month course for aspiring Sanskrit learners. Mentors will deliver discourses for weekend as well as weekday batches. According to various sources, the token fees are not expected to be more than Rs 400. Himanshu Pandya, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, believes that though Sanskrit is respected everywhere, its legacy ought to be nurtured by actually using it within our milieu.

Statistics suggest that, formerly, more than 8 lakh students used to opt for Sanskrit as part of their 10th standard studies, as compared to the dismal number of 1.5 lakh students today. The authorities of Gujarat University also expressed that the number of students studying Sanskrit as part of their Master of Arts programme, has depleted to 33 this year. In light of these facts, the establishment of the Centre for Spoken Sanskrit is a much-needed move to help this ancient language flourish again.

promotional

Yatra Archives

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Untitled-1-Copy.jpg This library in Ahmedabad is 159 years old

Creative Yatra explores a little known library right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bhadra Plaza, called ‘Himabhai Institute’.   Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/02.jpg Fernandes Bridge – the most unique book market in Ahmedabad!

The street Fernandes Bridge connects readers with writers, students with publishers and curious beings with the age-old answers they’re looking for. The Chopda Bazaar of Fernandes Bridge is one of the oldest Book Markets in Ahmedabad that serves thousands of people…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/library.skecth-001-e1460358412631.jpg Discover one of the oldest libraries of Ahmedabad

The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Raashi-Man-Mask.jpg In ‘Raashi Man’, we see glimpses of the magic that theatre is capable of

The nip in the air for a change was low and expectations were relatively high on the ground open to the sky at the young theatre writer-director Chintan Pandya’s residence for ‘a unique experience’ in the ‘environmental theatre’ format he…