Kathmandu, March 22 – The international Sanskrit symposium concluded in the capital today, issuing a seven-point declaration. Among other issues, the declaration mentions establishment of Nepal-India Sanskrit Study Centre and promotion of yoga and ayurveda.
The three-day symposium was organised by the Government of India, the Ministry of Culture, the Indian Embassy and the Vivekananda Cultural Centre. The symposium had kicked off on Tuesday. More than 500 Sanskrit scholars from Nepal and India participated in the symposium.
It has also drawn the conclusion to the governments of both countries for promoting Snskrit. It agreed to organise the conference turn by turn every year and analyze the works done regarding the enrichment of Sanskrit language.
Also featuring in the declaration is the topic related to exchange of books published in Sanskrit in both countries, exchange of visits of professors and students, conducting joint research and seminars and constitution of joint taskforce. The symposium has also put forth the concept of collaborating in promotion of classical Sanskrit subjects like astrology and grammar.
Concluding the symposium, Nepal Academy vice chancellor Dr Jagaman Gurung said the Brahmins should maintain impeccable character and living style for the uplift of Sanskrit.
Nepal Sanskrit University Service Commission chair Prof Dr Beni Madhav Dhakal stressed the need of changing the medium of teaching in the Masters level Sanskrit (Acharya level) from Nepali and Hindi into Sanskrit, reasoning that the Masters level Sanskrit students in Nepal and India lacked practice in spoken Sanskrit due to this.
In the programme, former vice chancellor of the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University Prof Dr Abhiraj Rajesndra Mishra, former vice chancellor of Nepal Sanskrit University Prof Bidur Prasad Poudel, Gyanpeeth Award recipient Dr Satyabrat Shastri, director of Nepal Sanskrit University Research Centre Prof Dr Kashinath Neupane, professor of Valmeeki Biddyapeeth Dr Ganesh Prasad Ghimire, director of Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Prof Dr Kedarnath Sharma among the speakers expressed the symposium would contribute towards the uplift of Sanskrit.