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Central Sanskrit Universities Bill

The 2019 Central Sanskrit Universities Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha. It had already been passed by the Lok Sabha in December last year. Universities covered by the Bill The 2019 bill seeks to convert 3 Sanskrit institutions (currently deemed to be universities) into Central Sanskrit Universities. These are: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in New ..

Special Textbooks by Uttar Pradesh Government for Kids suffering from Intellectual Disabilities

In perhaps first such move in the country, the Uttar Pradesh Government has started developing textbooks from classes 1 to 5 of Hindi, English and Mathematics subjects for children suffering from Intellectual and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, fragile x syndrome, etc.  The move by the Uttar Pradesh government will allow children suffering from such ..

Himachal Pradesh assembly passes a Bill to make Sanskrit 2nd official language of state

On February 16, the Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill to make Sanskrit as the second official language of the state. The Himachal Pradesh Official Language Bill, 2019 (Amendment) was introduced by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur in the ongoing budget session. The bill was passed without any discussion. The first official ..

Canada hosts 17th World Sanskrit Conference (WSC-2018)

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 17th World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) in Vancouver, Canada on July 9, 2018. More than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries are participating in the 5-day conference and will exchange their knowledge by presenting papers on various subjects. There will be a special ..

Centre for learning Sanskrit language comes up in Ahmedabad

Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister, has launched the Centre for learning Sanskrit language in Gujarat University in Ahmedabad on February 10, 2018. The first-of-its-kind spoken Sanskrit centre centre will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the language. The classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday. In it, no prior ..

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand conferred the First World Sanskrit Award

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand has been conferred the first ‘World Sanskrit Award’ by the government of India for her contribution towards promotion of the Sanskrit language. The award is expected to give a fillip to the strong cultural ties that have existed since ancient times between the two countries. The award is instituted by ..

Persons in News: A.A.Manavalan

Saraswati Samman to A A Manavalan for his comparative study on Ramayana The esteemed Saraswati Samman was conferred on AA Manavalan for his work, Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalyum. “Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalyum” A comparative study of epic Ramayana in 48 different languages. The characters, plot and individual insertions of the book deals with the alterations that occurred ..

Shruti & Smriti

The basic material or mantra text of each of the Vedas is called “Samhita”. Some post Vedic texts are also known as “Samhitas” such as Ashtavakra Gita, Bhrigu Samhita, Brahma Samhita, Deva Samhita, Garga Samhita, Kashyap Samhita, Shiva Samhita and Yogayajnavalkya Samhita. The Vedic literature is broadly divided into two categories viz. Shruti and Smriti. ..