He was speaking at a function held in connection with week-long Sanskrit Samaroha at the university on Friday morning.
He said due to systematic neglect of three decades, this glorious institution had been dried up. It lost importance and few students took admission. But the situation has changed now. The state government is attaching importance to the study and spread of Sanskrit.
KN Tripathi, Governor, spoke about the important role played by the institution during renaissance. He said globally the interest to study Sanskrit has gone up and European students are taking keen interest to study the subject. It may be mentioned that Hidelberg University in Germany has opened summer spoken Sanskrit classes in Switzerland, Italy and even in India. Noted scholar Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri who played a leading role in upgrading the college into a university said as the tradition of the college was respected, the institution was known as Sanskrit College and University like the Trinity College.
Two hundred Pundits were honoured by the Governor. The custom that got scrapped two decades ago has been revived. Bisesh Sanskrit Seva Samman was awarded to Professor Dilip Kanjilal and noted scholar on Indian Philosophy Professor Prabal Sen. The award contained a plaque and Rs 15,000 cash. Both the awardees donated the money to the University for poor meritorious students.
The week-long programme included drama, palagaan, symposium on practical Sanskrit. Sanskrit College was opened in 1824. It has illustrious scholars like its principals like Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Mahamohopadhyay Mahesh Chandra Nayaratna, Haraprasad Shastri, Gaurinath Shastri and Bishnupada Chakraborty. The institution was a seat of learning and scholars from all over the world had visited Sanskrit College.