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Nepal schools gearing up to promote Sanskrit education

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Kathmandu: Sanskrit, which is considered as the mother of Nepali language, was once a highly flourishing language in Nepal. It was given the status of an official language by a Lichhavi ruler during the medieval times.

But, Sanskrit language has been reduced to a state of endangered language in the last few centuries. In 1986, The Nepal Sanskrit University was established with an aim to develop Nepal into a center of learning Sanskrit language and literature.

Now, private boarding schools in the city and other regions of the country are making preparations to teach Sanskrit. The Jayatu Sanskritam, Satmarga Aviyan and Jeeyar Educational Trust Nepal, Nepal Bikas Tarangini are making arrangements for publishing text books for the school level.

Many institutions like The Rupak Memorial Kupondol, Bagmati Boarding School Sukedhara, DAV School Jawalakhel, Neighbourhood Secondary School Mandikhatar, GEMS School Dhapakhel, Little Angels School, Hattiban, Marvel English Boarding School Maitidevi, Apex College Baneshwor, Brihaspati Siksha Sadan Naxal, Apple International School Battisputali, and Sakura Memorial Higher Secondary School, Nawalparasihave come forward to start teaching Sanskrit from this session.

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

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  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

Also Read: India pulled out of SAARC meeting that is to be held in Pakistan

The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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