HRD ministry sets up panel on Sanskrit

HRD ministry sets up panel on Sanskrit
An ancient manuscript in Sanskrit.

NEW DELHI: The human resource development (HRD) ministry has constituted a 13-member expert panel headed by former chief election commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami to deliberate on issues related to Sanskrit as part of its attempt to promote the language.

The committee, it is learned, would examine various issues related to the teaching of the language in the country and also on how to integrate the study of Sanskrit with other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, medical science and law, and suggest changes in Sanskrit education in schools and universities.

When asked Gopalaswami, who is presently the chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in Tirupati, said he had learnt of it over phone, but had yet to get intimation through writing.

HRD officials confirmed the development and added that the committee has also been formed to chart out an action plan to develop Sanskrit language in the next 10 years.

NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, former government of India secretary VV Bhat, chairman of National Skill Development Corporation Dr Ramadorai, Delhi University professor Ramesh Bharadwaj, UGC chairman Ved Prakash and Chamu Krishna Shastri of the RSS-affiliated Samskrit Bharti, are among the other members in the committee, officials said.