World universities offering summer Sanskrit classes

Various prestigious universities/institutes around the world are offering Sanskrit language courses during summer.

Universities/Institutes offering these Sanskrit classes include USA’s Harvard University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Mangalam Research Center Berkeley; Germany’s Universität Heidelberg and Universität Hamburg; United Kingdom’s University of Oxford and University of London; Nepal’s Rangjung Yeshe Institute; etc.

The courses include Spoken Sanskrit, Sanskrit Recitation, Intensive Sanskrit, Intermediate Sanskrit, Elementary Sanskrit, etc.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that Sanskrit should be restored to its rightful place and needed to be brought to the mainstream and hidden scientific truths in ancient Sanskrit literature should be brought to light.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that India was not doing enough for Sanskrit promotion. He urged India Government to do much more for the development, propagation, encouragement and promotion of Sanskrit in India and the world, which was essential for the development of India and preservation of its cultural heritage. Sanskrit also provided the theoretical foundation of ancient sciences, Zed noted.

Rajan Zed stressed that India Government should establish a world-level national library of Sanskrit besides Sanskrit libraries in each state; make Sanskrit available as a subject in all secondary, under-graduate, graduate, and doctoral schools in India; provide Sanskrit teachers’ training courses in all the states; enrich manuscripts collections; publish rare manuscripts; provide easily accessible online/distance learning courses for learners world over; coordinate the Sanskrit research done around the globe; frequently organize world level research conferences; provide generous funding for research projects; etc.

Zed further said that besides Hindu scriptures, a vast amount of Buddhist and Jain scriptures were also written in Sanskrit, which was known as “the language of the gods”. According to tradition, self-born God created Sanskrit, which was everlasting and divine. Oldest scripture of mankind still in common use, Rig-Veda, was written in Sanskrit, which had a close relationship with other classical languages like Latin, Greek, French, German, etc., Zed added.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Without the study of Sanskrit, one cannot become a true learned man.” German philologist Max Muller added, “Sanskrit is the greatest language of the world.”

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