The day at the college starts with at 4am yoga and ‘yagna’, followed by regular classes from 8am to 2pm. “The starting class has become so good that now they even quarrel in Sanskrit,” principal Udyan Arya said pointing to a Class-6 student. A boy from Bihar said in Sanskrit that he always wanted to study the language. The institution has 15 teachers.
“Sanskrit creates its words, while other languages acquire them,” said the principal. “We say ‘chalwaak’ for mobile and ‘antarjaal’ for the internet. It’s a myth that studying Sanskrit will kill Punjabi, when Punjabi originated from Sanskrit.”Asked to explain the shaved heads of students, Arya said: “They are required to do this at admission, to keep their focus on studies.” A Sanskrit student, he said, will never commit suicide.
“Sanskrit is value education. Studying the language makes you strong psychologically, so our students never fall into drugs.”
The intake is through an entrance examination. This year, the college had 300 applicants, of which 30 got through. Four students are from Nepal.