Jamshedpur : The stage is all set at the Jamshedpur Worker’s College for the first international seminar on Sanskrit starting Sep 11 to Sep 13.
The inauguration of the event will take place at the auditorium of Motilal Nehru Public School and the sessions will be held in the college premises. The topic of the seminar will be ‘Sanskrit as a language in science’.
A total of 40 delegates from across the country will participate in the seminar. Vice chancellors of seven universities and a number of scholars will be present at the seminar. This is the first time that any college in the state has taken an initiative to organise international seminar in Sanskrit.
Prasun Dakshin, the head of the department of Sanskrit, Jamshedpur Workers’ College, said that the objective of the programme is to promote research in the language. He said heads of Sanskrit universities and institutions, scholars, writers and linguists from all over India have been invited to the seminar.
He said experts of other languages would also be invited who would give suggestions regarding linking Sanskrit to prominent Indian languages as well as to computers and Science and technology.“ Sanskrit was an invaluable heritage of our country besides being the glory of our culture and civilization.
He said that since Sanskrit was a scientific language, it would be easily acceptable as a language of the masses in this age of computers,” he noted.
The organizers have been approached by scholars and researchers from IIT Kharagpur and Guwahati. Experts say that it is a misconception that Sanskrit is only used as mantras in Hindusim. In fact more than 90 per cent of Sanskrit deals with philosophy, law, science, literature, grammar, phonetics, interpretation etc.
The Jamshedpur Worker’s College has also decided to publish the papers which will be presented in the seminar. Also the college has been planning to start Sanskrit classes like there are foreign language classes. This is more to promote Sanskrit in the present generation.
“Language is a conveyor of thought and sentiments, and Sanskrit is a language that is capable of conveying even the subtlest of emotions in a brisk form and even in an extended form beautifully,” said a student granting that other languages could do so but not as skilfully as Sanskrit.
“An eternal language,” he said, lyrically describing it as the “undercurrent of India, like the Ganga.” He noted that more television channels should serve as a platform to promote the language. “It is not a scholar’s language,” he said. “It is a common man’s language, and all one needs is the will to learn.”