Gangtok,Oct 9 : The 3 days National Sanskrit Conference commenced here at Chintan Bhawan,Gangtok. The event is organised by the Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan to assess contribution of the north-east in development of the Sanskrit and was inaugurated by the Sikkim Planning Commission Chairman Shri S.M.Limboo accompanied by the RM&DD Minister ,C.B.Karki and Professor Radhavallabh Tripathi, VC ,RSS.
The three day long conference is being held in Sikkim for the first time in the entire North East India and is organized by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, a deemed University under the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.Also present were State RMDD minister CB Karki as guest of honour, director of State HRDD Rudra Prasad Poudyal and Vice Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Acharya Rudra Vallabh Tripathi.
At the outset, Mr. Limboo read out the message of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, which expressing gratitude to the RSS for prioritising Sanskrit education in Sikkim and for selecting Sikkim as the venue for the conference. “Sikkim alone has 12 schools imparting Sanskrit language teaching and many more have been proposed. Sikkim holds the very ancient history and its names are written in many holy texts of ancient times as well defined by various writers in Sanskrit languages.” Mr. Chamling said in the message.
Similarly, Mr. Limboo said, Sanskrit is the parent of all languages. “Of late, Sanskrit scholars have grown in numbers but they need to be boosted up and strengthened like the ancient days. He further informed the gathering about inaugurating 2 to 3 Sanskrit schools in Sikkim when he was the minister of education in 1980-82.
Recalling that Sikkim had no University till 1994, Mr. Karki in his address stressed on the facilities provided by the State Government towards education by establishing many schools including Sanskrit education. “It is solely the contribution of our Chief Minister in boosting education in the State,” he added.
The minister further said that such seminars should be organised quite often and that such messages should be spread in the grassroots too.
The RSS Vice Chancellor on his part informed about organising such programmes in other north eastern states shortly. At the same time, he sought cooperation from everyone to help spread the oldest language. He also expressed the RSS’ interest to enhance their relation with some of the organisations in Sikkim. He also requested the Sikkim University to start Sanskrit and Pali languages studies.
On the State Government’s proposal for more Sanskrit schools, Mr. Tripathi assured to support.
Today’s programme will be followed by talks and discussion on the topic where dignitaries from the north eastern states and Sikkim NE and Sikkim will participate.