7 Day National workshop on Indian Scripts Commences at JU

JAMMU: The Inaugural function of seven days national workshop on Indian scripts being organized by the P.G Department Of Sanskrit in Collaboration with Millennium India Education Foundation, New Delhi was held today in the department of Sanskrit, University of Jammu.

Prof. Manoj K Dhar Hon'ble Vice Chancellor University of Jammu, in his presidential address appreciated the efforts of the department in organizing various academic activities and keeping the department vibrant. He commented on the unique positioning of the University in the Context of languages that the region espouses. He also stressed upon that ancient texts are a repertoire of infinite wisdom and knowledge that is also scientific and technical and can propel the progress of the country at a tremendous pace.

He also suggested that the department can plan to conduct a diploma course on Sharada Script. He also appraised the gathering that a "Centre for Manuscriptology" Preservation is in the offing and hoped it would emerge as a centre for excellence in future.

He also suggested that the process of digitization may also be initiated to keep pace with the current technology and ensure a proper preservation. Dr. Udhay Kakroo Director, MIEF, New Delhi delivered the Keynote address in which he narrated the odyssey of MIEF as an emerging institution of promoting the sharada script. He suggested that a full time certificate course in Sharada could be offered by the University. He also suggested ways and means by which this could result in income generation for the trained students.

Earlier, Prof. Ram Bahadur Shukla, Head, Deptt. of Sanskrit extended a formal welcome address.

Prof. Sushma Devi appraised the gathering about the details of the workshop, its genesis, the objectives and the scope of learning scripts. She informed all those present that her endeavors culminated in a MOU of the department with M.I.E.F. that was executed during the headship of Prof. Ramnika Jalali.

Prof. Keshav Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs termed the department as a pristine department that has been graced with monumental personalities like Prof. Ved Ghai. He also suggested that workshops like these should be more interdisciplinary and should be more actively promoted and projected since it addresses the core of the Indian civilization.

Prof. Ramnika Jalali threw light on various aspects of curricular up gradation and space for Sharada in it. She apprised the gathering that the department has already been offering specialization in Epigraphy for the past five decades. She also congratulated the department on being able to get a Major project on Manuscriptology.

Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik, Dean Faculty of Arts pointed out the indispensable linkage between script, language and culture. He also stressed upon the need for the preservation of Manuscripts. Dr Suresh Abrol, Director, Shashvat Art Gallery, Jammu also spoke on the occasion.

It is noteworthy to mention here that experts from Dept of Sanskrit, Dept of Dogri, IGNCA Ministry of Culture, GOI and Vishwakarma Skill Development University Gurgaon, Haryana will be the teaching faculty during the Workshop.

Among others Dr Kirti Kant Sharma, Assistant Professor, IGNCA, faculty members, Officers, Students and scholars were also present on the occasion.

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