First of its kind spoken Sanskrit centre launched

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the university’s Centre for Spoken Sanskrit which will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the language.

Gujarat University on Saturday announced a course on spoken Sanskrit in order to popularise the ancient language, making it possibly the first course of its kind in the country.

Highlights

  • For the course, no prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required.
  • The fees have been fixed at Rs 500, he informed.
  • The focus will be also on grammar.

Sanskrit

Sanskrit language, (from Sanskrit: saṃskṛta, “adorned, cultivated, purified”) an Old Indo-Aryan language in which the most ancient documents are the Vedas, composed in what is called Vedic Sanskrit. Although Vedic documents represent the dialects then found in the northern midlands of the Indian subcontinent and areas immediately east thereof, the very earliest texts—including the Rigveda (“The Veda Composed in Verses”), which scholars generally ascribe to approximately 1500 BCE—stem from the northwestern part of the subcontinent, the area of the ancient seven rivers (sapta sindhavaḥ).

 

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