December 17, 2016 2:34:05 am
Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on Friday emphasised the need to learn Sanskrit and dispel the myths surrounding it, saying the scientific nature of the language had been recognised all over the world and that it was the optimum language for computing besides mathematics.
Singh said countries like Britain, Japan and the US had made it mandatory for students to learn Sanskrit, while NASA had been conducting 15-day Sanskrit classes.
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“It is important to dispel the myths around Sanskrit —- that it is a difficult language of scriptures, doesn’t lead to employment, is not in alignment with science,” Singh said.
He was speaking at the second convocation of Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University here on Friday.
“In the West, the scientific basis of Sanskrit has been taken seriously. Vedic Mathematics has been made a part of the curriculum in the US and Britain,” Singh said.
He urged Sanskrit scholars in the audience to popularise the language by highlighting its simplicity and scientific basis so that society can benefit from it.
“Sanskrit has been made mandatory in schools in Japan and Britain as it is the second best language for computing after mathematics,” he said. “The language is also being used for speech improvement. NASA has been conducting mandatory 15-day Sanskrit classes.”
Singh cited the example of Mattur village in Karnataka, where “100 per cent people speak Sanskrit” and one member from each family is an information technology expert.
“Mattur has become an ideal case (reflecting) the confluence of science and Sanskrit. A team from the university should go there. It’s a subject for research. Remember this is our nation and we have to build it,” the governor said.
Higher Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari, who was present on the occasion, said Rajasthan leads the country in Sanskrit education, with several colleges, a university and a directorate dedicated for the promotion of the language.
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