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Mar 16, 2020

Rajya Sabha passes Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019

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Rajya Sabha today passed the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019 aimed at the extension of Central University status to three Sanskrit universities in the country. The bill was passed by voice vote. Replying to the discussion, Human Resource Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, Sanskrit literature is the biggest treasure and legacy of India having a unique identity itself. He said, many countries across the world are doing research on Sanskrit and it is being taught in many universities. The Minister said India has given the knowledge to the entire world.

Initiating the discussion, Jairam Ramesh of Congress said, Sanskrit has always been a privilege of few as only fifteen thousand people speak it across the country. He demanded that the government should allocate more funds for promoting other classical languages which are spoken widely across the country. Mr. Ramesh demanded that these institutions must be named after noted Sanskrit scholars like Panini and Amarsimha.

Sukhendu Shekar Roy of Trinamool Congress said, many languages find its genesis from Sanskrit. He said this has become an endangered language as a negligible number of people only use this language. Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party suggested renaming the student council as the student union.

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