Thursday March 21, 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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Report Claims, As Many As 1 Billion Indians Live in Areas of Water Scarcity

The report also highlighted that India uses the largest amount of groundwater -- 24 per cent of the global total and the country is the third largest exporter of groundwater -- 12 per cent of the global total.

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Global groundwater depletion - where the amount of water taken from aquifers exceeds the amount that is restored naturally - increased by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2010, said the report, adding that India's rate of groundwater depletion increased by 23 per cent during the same period. Pixabay

As many as one billion people in India live in areas of physical water scarcity, of which 600 million are in areas of high to extreme water stress, according to a new report.

Globally, close to four billion people live in water-scarce areas, where, for at least part of the year, demand exceeds supply, said the report by non-profit organisation WaterAid.

This number is expected to go up to five billion by 2050, said the report titled “Beneath the Surface: The State of the World’s Water 2019”, released to mark World Water Day on March 22.

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Physical water scarcity is getting worse, exacerbated by growing demand on water resources and and by climate and population changes.

By 2040 it is predicted that 33 countries are likely to face extremely high water stress – including 15 in the Middle East, most of Northern Africa, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan and Spain. Many – including India, China, Southern Africa, USA and Australia – will face high water stress.

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Globally, close to four billion people live in water-scarce areas, where, for at least part of the year, demand exceeds supply, said the report by non-profit organisation WaterAid. Pixabay

Global groundwater depletion – where the amount of water taken from aquifers exceeds the amount that is restored naturally – increased by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2010, said the report, adding that India’s rate of groundwater depletion increased by 23 per cent during the same period.

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The report also highlighted that India uses the largest amount of groundwater — 24 per cent of the global total and the country is the third largest exporter of groundwater — 12 per cent of the global total.

The WaterAid report warned that food and clothing imported by wealthy Western countries are making it harder for many poor and marginalised communities to get a daily clean water supply as high-income countries buy products with considerable “water footprints” – the amount of water used in production — from water-scarce countries. (IANS)