Saturday February 16, 2019
Home Uncategorized Committee for...

Committee for Sanskrit promotion set up by HRD Ministry


New Delhi: A 13-member committee with experts on Sanskrit was formed by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry in order to promote the fast-receding ancient language.

Former chief election commissioner (CEC), N Gopalaswami, who is currently the Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in Tirupati, is heading the committee.

The committee has been given the task to recommend ways in which the study of Sanskrit can be integrated into the curriculum along with the study of other subjects such as medical science, law, physics, chemistry and mathematics. They have also been asked to think about how knowledge of the ancient language can be imparted through modern tools and methods, and what changes are to be made in the process of Sanskrit education in school, college and university levels.

The committee has to come up with an action plan within three months, as notified on November 18, for Sanskrit development in the next 10 years.

The first committee set up by the HRD Ministry, led by Smriti Irani, focused on the promotion of Indian classical languages while this second committee focuses solely on Sanskrit, which has contributed to the vocabulary and grammatical base for all Indian languages.

“I have been sounded out by a government official about such a panel, but I am yet to receive it in writing. We’ll decide on when to hold the first meeting as soon as I receive the letter,” Gopalaswami told The Indian Express, confirming news of the committee constitution.

No quote could be obtained from Ghanshyam Goel, HRD ministry spokesperson

Other panel-members include V V Bhat, former government of India secretary; Bibek Debroy, a member of NITI Aayog; Dr Ramadorai, Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation; Delhi University professor Ramesh Bharadwaj; Chamu Krishna, member of Samskrit Bharti which is affiliated to the RSS; and UGC Chairman Ved Prakash.

This move came just two months after the 13-member Sanskrit Commission submitted its final report to the HRD ministry. The UPA-II government had set up the panel just months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

To bring back interest in the ancient language, this committee, headed by Padma Bhushan awardee Satyavrat Shastri, has several recommendations, which include putting together laboratories, where scientists and Sanskrit scholars can study and validate early beliefs, such as the healing properties of sacrificial ashes (yajna-bhasma), and the power of Vedic sacrifices to bring rain.

Next Story

Microsoft Announces Indian Languages Support For e-mail Addresses

Microsoft's products will also support additional Indian languages as and when their IDNs and e-mail addresses become available in the future

Representational image.
Representational image. Wikimedia Commons
  • Microsoft announced support in Indian Languages for e-mail
  • There will be 15 Indian languages supported now
  • Indians will be able to use Microsoft in their local languages

Microsoft on Wednesday announced support for e-mail addresses in 15 Indian languages across its apps and services, including Office 365, Outlook 2016,, Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection (EOP).

Microsoft introduces 15 new indian languages to its support.
Microsoft introduces 15 new Indian languages to its support.

Indian users would be able to use local language e-mail addresses for Outlook accounts on their personal computers, the company said on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.

It would also allow users to seamlessly send/receive mails to/from local language e-mail addresses via Outlook client on PCs, in addition to Outlook apps for Android and IOS.

“Making e-mail addresses available in 15 languages is an exciting step to making modern communications and collaboration tools more accessible and easier to use for all,” Meetul Patel, COO, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

The Indian languages which will be supported include Hindi, Bengali, etc. Wikimedia Commons
The Indian languages which will be supported include Hindi, Bengali, etc. Wikimedia Commons

“We are making technology use the language of people and not requiring people to first learn the traditional language of technology,” Patel added.

The initiative is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to support Email Address Internationalisation (EAI) across its products and services eco-system and make technology accessible in local languages.

The languages being introduced are those that support Unicode — an international encoding standard for use with different languages and scripts.

Microsoft’s products will also support additional Indian languages as and when their IDNs and e-mail addresses become available in the future, making this feature forward compatible.

Microsoft launches 15 Indian languages in its support. VOA
Microsoft launches 15 Indian languages in its support. VOA

Last month, Microsoft announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to improve real-time language translation for Hindi, Bengali and Tamil languages.

This technology would help users in getting results that are more accurate and natural while surfing the Internet across any website on the MS Edge browser, Bing search, Bing Translator website, as well as MS Office 365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype. IANS