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Union HRD Ministry forms N Gopalaswami Committee on Sanskrit Promotion

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has constituted a 13 member expert committee exclusively on Sanskrit in its attempt to revive interest in the ancient Indian classical language Sanskrit.

The expert committee would be headed by former chief election commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami. He is currently, Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (RSV) in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

Other members of the Committee: Bibek Debroy (NITI Aayog member), Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation Dr Ramadorai, V V Bhat,  Delhi University professor Ramesh Bharadwaj, Chamu Krishna Shastri, UGC Chairman Ved Prakash.

Terms of Reference of Committee

  • Recommend measures to integrate the study of the ancient classical language with other disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, medical science and law.
  • Suggest changes in Sanskrit education in schools and universities and ways to impart Sanskrit education through modern tools.

The N Gopalaswami expert Committee also has been tasked to chart out an action plan to develop the language in the next 10 years.

This is the second committee set up by the Union HRD ministry exclusively dedicated to Indian classical language Sanskrit.

The first was 13-member Sanskrit Commission headed by Satya Vrat Shastri was constituted by then UPA-II government for broader promotion of classical languages.

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Eminent Sanskrit scholar Prabhu Nath Dwivedi named for Sahitya Akademi Award 2014

Eminent Sanskrit scholar Prabhu Nath Dwivedi has been conferred with prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014 for Sanskrit language.

He was chosen for his work Kanakalochanaha- a collection of 16 short-stories based upon various social issues eroding the system.

His book was selected by a three-member jury of the Sahitya Akademi.

Mr Diwedi is Sanskrit teacher and has been teaching in various universities for more than three decades.


Earlier in December 2014, Sahitya Akademi had announced names of 22 poets and authors for prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014. But they had not announced the winners of Manipuri and Sanskrit language.

About Sahitya Akademi Award

  • Sahitya Akademi Award (साहित्य अकादमी पुरस्कार) is conferred on writers of outstanding works in one of the twenty-four major Indian languages.
  • 24 major Indian languages are– Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthan, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
  • The award consists of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of 1 Lakh rupees.

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