Lower House of the parliament took up the discussion on a bill that aims to upgrade the status of three Sanskrit deemed universities. The bill seeks to transfer their status to the much more significant brand of central universities. Tabling the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that Sanskrit was the “soul of the country“.
The bill aims to upgrade three deemed to be universities in Sanskrit – Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth Tirupati. It is expected that the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019 will upgrade the status of these mentioned universities and boost the opportunities of postgraduation, doctoral and post-doctoral education and research “in Sanskrit and Shastraic education”.
The Minister also shared a tweeted message through his official account.
अन्य केन्द्रीय विश्वविद्यालय की भांति संस्कृत के लिए समर्पित ये विश्वविद्यालय भी सम्बन्धित विषयों के अध्ययन-अध्यापन एवं अनुसंधान की दिशा में पूर्ण स्वायत्तता के साथ कार्य करेगें तथा भारतीय संस्कृति की ज्ञान परम्परा में निहित विज्ञानपरक उपलब्धियों का नियोजन करेगें।
— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) December 12, 2019
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, HRD Minister Nishank said that Sanskrit has been a major contributor towards making India a ‘Vishwa Guru” (world leader). He also said that the Sanskrit language is currently being taught in 250 universities across 100 nations including 14 universities in Germany. Citing various research of the scholars, he also termed the Sanskrit language as a scientific language.
However, the leaders of the DMK party raised their objection to a few of the remarks of the minister. They questioned his knowledge as a linguist and also said what makes him qualified to say that Sanskrit was the greatest language.