Sanskrit, the mother of all Indian tongues, is set to get a push in the state in 2013 thanks to efforts of Sanskrit Bharati, a voluntary outfit working to popularise the liturgical language in India and abroad.
The outfit has decided to select 12,000 middle school students from across the state and impart special training to them in Sanskrit so as to make it a part of their daily life.
The students, who will be selected from 300 private and government schools with the help of Sanskrit mentors, will get the necessary books, CDs and other materials required for training.
Once trained, students will be subjected to a test at the district level in July. Three toppers from each district will be honoured by the organisation and given a chance to compete at the state level.
After the state-level tests, the Delhi-based outfit will select three best students who will be honoured by them.
Speaking to The Telegraph, state secretary of Sanskrit Bharti, Deepchandra Ram Kashyap, said it was the first time that the organisation was making an effort at such a grand scale in the state.
“Last year, we could only target around 1,700 students from 102 schools of the state. This time we have widened our search and decided to reach out to more than 300 schools. All the students selected will be from Class VI or VII,” Kashyap said.
He added that the idea of holding the training and tests was to prepare a group of students who would read, write and speak Sanskrit, considered a dead language in the fluently, fluently in the next four years or so.
“Many things are being done to champion the language the in the state. Recently, a fair was organised for school children in Lohardaga where all business dealings were conducted in Sanskrit. It was an unique experiment. More than 200 students put up and manned stalls at the fair, which attracted close to 10,000 visitors. All the business deals were made in Sanskrit,” Kashyap said.
Shrishdeo Pujari, the all-India secretary of Sanskrit Bharati said they gave free Sanskrit training to villagers.