University of Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, has proposed that all Universities in the country must have centres offering Certificate Courses in Spoken Sanskrit.
UGC officials has suggested that this idea of introducing the new course will impart the basic knowledge about the language among students and teachers.
Shrinivasa Varakhedi, Dean, Karnataka Sanskrit University, who has been appointed to a three-member committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry for Human Resources Development, said students were not showing interest to learn the language. Lack of awareness about the importance of Sanskrit was one of the main reasons for this, he said.
Mr. Varakhedi said the committee had been asked to take up 22 schemes under the grant-in-aid programme to help fund non-governmental organisations, universities and other institutions.
UGC will also teach the language to the lecturers and teachers to train the people in Sanskrit. Those who are running the sanskrit patashalas, conferences, workshops and research institutes would be benefited by the UGC.
UGC had already sanctioned an amount of Rs 100 crore to implement this scheme two years ago. However, they are planning to increase the amount to cover some more institutions.
Also the teachers, employees of universities and affiliated colleges would be benefited from this programme.
Course duration will be 25 hours per month. There is no fee for this programme.
The offering institutes must have a student strength of 40 members, minimum of 30 members should be there. Every year UGC will provide Rs 1 lakh to every centre.