Tuesday February 19, 2019

Sanskrit Gyan- A college’s endeavor to preserve Indian culture

Since last 51 years, this college in Raipur, Madhya Pradesh has been offering free of cost Sanskrit degree to its students

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Sanskrit college, Wikimedia commons

In this modern era where technology has taken over everything, there lies a College in remotest areas of Raipur since last 51 years which is offering free of cost Sanskrit degree to its students.

  • Rameshwar Gahira Guru Sanskrit Mahavidyala, situated in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh (Raipur) is affiliated with Ravi Shankar Shukla University since 2001. It provides under-graduation as well as post-graduation courses to nearly 300 students in Sanskrit literature combined with the ancient wisdom of Ramayana.
  • Students of this colleges have become renowned Sanskrit and Hindi professors in various colleges. Some of them have also joined Indian army after passing out from this college.
  • Focusing on human values such as discipline, general etiquette, it also implants a sense of nature-love among students. The college has a beautiful ambiance inside as well as outside in the campus. It has a lush green site and eco-friendly surroundings.
  • Students wear white uniforms and maintain a proper dress code. Boys wear dhoti along with long shirts and girls wear saari. Girls also tie sash among their waist. They are taught to how to give respect to others. On entering any of the classrooms one can see them standing on their feet followed by clasping their hands and greeting with respect.
A Sanskrit manuscript, Wikimedia commons
A Sanskrit manuscript, Wikimedia commons

In an interview Dr. Jagdish Pathak (principal of the college) said: “With a view to developing qualities of virtue, character, and patriotism among the young generation of uncivilized local tribes like Pahari Korwa and others, Guru Gahira Maharaj synthesized the ideals of our ancient culture and established this college in 1965.”

To understand the Indian pre-modern era technologies one should know Sanskrit in order to understand the ancient books written in that language. Though there are western translations available but they lose the essence behind our culture.

“Indian students are migrating to other countries such as Germany for pursuing Sanskrit courses. Government needs to stop this kind of brain drain. We as Indians should take initiatives to protect and embrace our ancient cultures. Efforts of these kinds should be encouraged and should be identified on a global platform”, adds Pathak.

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– Prepared by Pritam. Pritam is pursuing engineering and a writer at NewsGram. Twitter: @pritam_gogreen

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

Cancer survivor. Flickr

Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)