The Government of India on Wednesday cleared the decks for converting three major deemed to be Universities for Sanskrit – the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (RSS), Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (LBSRSV) in Delhi and the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (RSV) in Tirupati into the Central Universities.
The Union Ministry is expected to bring the Central Sanskrit University Bill during the ongoing winter session of Parliament. The proposal to convert these three universities was approved by the Union Cabinet governed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Interestingly, there are central universities for Hindi, English, and Urdu but not Sanskrit. If the bill gets passed, then three universities will be the first central university for Sanskrit.
The bill has been drafted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Minister said the bill will be introduced in the Parliament for its approval. The proposal will justify a few grounds like:
- The central status will improve the reputation of these three universities.
- It will attract more and better faculty and foreign students.
- These universities will offer Indian Philosophy and Yoga Programs.
Sanskrit Scholar and academicians have been asking for a Sanskrit Central University for a long time but their demand took a roar after BJP came into power in 2014.
All these three deemed to be universities have been certified by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council as grade ‘A’. LBSRSV was set up in 1962 while RSS dates back to 1970 and RSV was set up in 1961.