Published On: Sat, Oct 7th, 2017

IIT Kanpur, other national institutes decide to take Sanskrit language to masses | India Today

The best of brains from the domains of literary, academic, pedagogical and technological platforms are joining hands to achieve synergy — taking the Sanskrit language to the masses. Several institutes including IIT Kanpur are ready to converge for the mammoth task.

The aim of the project is to revive the Sanskrit language.

Institutes among the list

Several institutes participated in a two-day national workshop on ‘Digitised Sanskrit Corpus’, underway on the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha campus on Wednesday.

Here’s the list of participating institutes

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)
  • Representatives of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (New Delhi)
  • Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala (Pune)
  •  Karnataka Sanskrit University (Bengaluru)
  • Kalidasa Sanskrit University (Ramtek, Nagpur)
  • Samskruta Bharati (Bengaluru)
  •  Chinmaya Sanskrit Vishwa Vidyapeeth (Veliyanad, Ernakulam)
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (New Delhi)
  • Sanskrit Samvardha Parishad (New Delhi)
  • Sanskrit Academy (Melkote)

The discussion was not only about the status of projects in progress and the future tasks on hand but also upgrading to the latest technology in terms of platform and operating system so as to generate searchable and relatable content at the click of a mouse.

While speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the workshop, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan Vice-Chancellor P.N. Shastry said that the larger goal was to take Sanskrit texts to the reach of every researcher, and ultimately benefit society.

Core concept is to avoid redundancy

While so many institutes have converted paper content into digital format over a decade, thus giving scope for duplication, the core exercise is to avoid redundancy and also adapt to the latest technology available in the world of web.

There will be an official signing process, where the institutes will be inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to define the scope of the project, identify new content and also enable transliteration, said Prof V. Muralidhara Sarma, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSVP) at Tirupati.

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