Parliament passes bill to convert 3 Sanskrit universities into Central universities
17 March 2020
The Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2020, which will convert Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (New Delhi), Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (New Delhi) and the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (Tirupati) into Central Sanskrit Universities has received Parliament’s approval after it was passed by Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The Lok Sabha passed the Bill on 12 December 2019.
Speaking after the passage of the bill, union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that these 3 universities will now have more opportunities to spread the knowledge of Sanskrit language not only in India but also across the world in a better way. The minister said that Sanskrit is a scientific language and a language of wisdom.
He also said that Sanskrit language it is being taught not only in Indian colleges and universities but also in top universities of the world. He said that Sanskrit is a gift of India for the entire humanity and it will enhance the pride of India at global level. The minister also quoted thoughts of some great personalities like great scientist Sir CV Raman, former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam and German-born philologist Max Muller on Sanskrit.
The HRD Minister spoke at great length about the importance and uniquiness of Sanskrit and its literatuare. He pointed out that Sanskrit is a language having special charecteristics and unique in so many areas like grammer, meaning, pronunciation, accuracy etc. He further pointed out that Devnagari script is otherwise of Sanskrit only and informed that a lot of words in many Indian languages are derived from Sanskrit. Sanskrit language is not only a language but an identity of the great cultural diversity of this country and hence it is known as an unique language. Due to these factors, it has become imperative to promote the study and research in Sanskrit language. Hence, the goverment has proposed to convert these three Deemed to be Universities into Central Sanskrit Universities.
He said the passage of the landmark bill by Parliament has fulfilled the aspirations and long standing wish of many Sanskrit lovers, scholars and Sanskrit speaking people in the country. The Central University status awarded to these three universities will enhance the status of these universities and will give boost to post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral education and research in the field of Sanskrit and Shastraic education. This will pave way for many people from abroad to learn Sanskrit and Shastraic lore from these prestigious Central Sanskrit Universities in our country, he pointed out.