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Rohit Shastri discusses issues of Sanskrit in J&K with Chief Secretary

JAMMU: Shri Kailakh Jyotish Avim Vedic Sansthan (SKJAVS) Trust president, Mahant Rohit Shastri met J&K Chief Secretary (CS), B.V.R Subrahmanyam and presented him a copy of Shiv Mahapuran and Shri Kailash Dev Chalisa.

Shastri drew the attention of CS to the problems being faced by Sanskrit students and scholars in J&K and suggested some remedial measures like starting State-level Sanskrit award in the name of illustrious Sanskrit scholar Late Dr Uttam Chand Shastri Pathak who devoted his life for the service and promotion of Sanskrit language.

He said that the award should be bestowed upon the persons contributing to the promotion, propagation and preservation of Sanskrit language in J&K.

Shastri also said that Sanskrit should be made compulsory from class 1 in all schools and PG Department of Sanskrit should be opened at SMVDU, Central University, Jammu and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri.

Among other demands discussed by Shastri with the CS were separate Sanskrit university, Sanskrit Gurukuls, Sanskrit Academy, Sanskrit Sansthan etc should be established in J&K.
Shastri said that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Katra should be converted into Aadarsh Sanskrit Vidyalaya under Central Sanskrit University, Delhi as in doing so funds can be given by HRD Ministry instead of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

Apart from increasing seats in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Katra he also demanded separate Sanskrit Ministry in J&K on the lines of the one started by Rajasthan government.

He said that Sanskrit scholars should be granted separate scholarships and reservation quota in appointments of university lectures and teaching assistants.

Still more demands discussed included treatment of Sanskrit at par with other languages, vacant posts in Vedic studies at higher secondary level should be filled and Vedic studies should be included in college level education.



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