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Sanskrit concerns lacking in action

According to a report submitted by Human Resource Development Ministry in the Lok Sabha, the language of Vedic age is being protected by an autonomous organisation under the ministry called Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan (MSRVVP). The lone institute, which was set up in 1987, is responsible for conserving and developing the oral tradition of Vedic education. Notably, the idea of Vedic schools has been propelled by right-wing ideologues to boost the teaching of Vedas in Sanskrit.

“Given the fact that there are only a few takers of Sanskrit in the age of globalisation, the Central government is also not providing any lucrative incentives to academicians associated with different project to promote the classical language,” an HRD ministry official said.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani herself has admitted in Lok Sabha that the government has allocated only Rs 15,033.61 lakh fund to MSRVVP till date since its inception in 1987. The year wise fund allocation to the nodal centre in 27 years is just Rs 557 lakh per year.

However, the union education minister said, “The Centre is taking all steps for protection, propagation, preservation and development of Sanskrit language and, literature and rare shastras by funding three deemed universities– Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi; Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSV), Tirupati; Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha
and the nodal institute Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain.”
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