The Directorate of Higher Education of Goa gave clearance to Sanskrit language which will be introduced as a new course by the Kundaim Mutt’s Shree Brahmanand Sanskrit Prabodhini organization in the state.
This is for the first time that Goa will be offered with such a course for its students. Meanwhile the given proposal will be under perusal by the Goa University’s (GU) academic council.
Sources confirms, that it is expected that the course will possibly be offered in Goa from the academic year 2016-17 itself.
The foundation will be based within Kundaim Mutt’s campus and will be known as Swami Brahmanand Mahavidyalaya. It is also mentioned that students from any stream can join the degree programme, although some knowledge of Sanskrit will be desirable.
At present, only primary level is being offered with Sanskrit course in Goa schools.
In the meantime the central government is taking efforts on promoting Sanskrit in many parts of India. It was only then in November when a 13-member committee was constituted in Goa headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami to suggest how best the interest in Sanskrit can be regenerated among the young generation and the citizens.
India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.
“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.
Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.
On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.
The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.
The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.
The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.
The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.
It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.
In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.
Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.
“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.