Keeping Sanskrit language alive

The High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam, through its Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), launched a campaign to promote Sanskrit language among students, religious scholars, Indologists and historians across the world, in conjunction with the ICCR Foundation Day.

As part of its mandate to promote the cultural heritage of India, ICCR provided books and learning materials to Sanskrit institutes all over the world, as well as deputing teachers and professors to universities and institutes teaching Sanskrit.

Also, keeping pace with changing technology and teaching methods, ICCR has tied up with Gamapp Sportswizz Tech Pvt Ltd to launch ‘Little Guru’, a specialised app for learning Sanskrit.

‘Little Guru’ will be a gamified app based on an interactive platform which will make Sanskrit learning easy, entertaining and fun. It will help people who are already learning Sanskrit or those who want to learn based on games, competition, rewards and peer to peer interactions, combining education and entertainment.

ICCR has been receiving a large number of requests from across the world, both from the Indian diaspora as well as foreigners who are interested in learning Sanskrit. Within the diaspora community, the desire to stay connected with their roots as well as to access the rich literary epics and texts of India has attracted a huge demand for Sanskrit.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar speaks at the event. PHOTO: INDIAN HIGH COMM

The number of Sanskrit universities across the world have also been keen on an app which would help the students and act as a feeder for young scholars to learn Sanskrit before joining universities.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar in his address emphasised the launch of the app will go a long way in popularising Sanskrit, stating that it continues to be a living language, used commonly in religious activities and by scholars accessing literary texts.

He added that the app would also create awareness on the language as well as the rich cultural heritage of India.

The event was attended by 56 guests, including members of the academia.