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Sanskrit


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Sanskrit has been a rich literary language in India right from the beginning of the Vedic period. Sanskrit works provide valuable information to existing languages and cultures of India. Realizing its potential and importance, an independent Post-graduate Department of Sanskrit was established in the Karnatak University, Dharwad during 1959. At the outset, teaching arrangements were made, under the leadership of Dr. S.C. Nandimath, [M.A. Ph.D. (London)], Principal, Basaveshwar College, Bagalkot who worked as a Visiting Professor from 1959 to 1961. Then, Dr. K. Krishnamoorthy, [M.A. Ph.D., B.T.], joined as Reader and designated as the Head of the Department. Vidwan Dr. H.P. Malledevaru, Lecturer. (Later Reader upto 1973), Prof. K.T. Pandurangi, [M.A.] and Dr. B.R. Modak, [M.A., Ph.D.] of Karnatak College were also associated with the work in the P.G. Department from 1959 to 1961. Subsequently, Dr. B.R. Modak joined as Reader in 1962. Dr. D.N. Shanbhag, [M.A., Ph.D.] joined the Department as Lecturer in 1969.
Dr. K. Krishnamurthy was promoted as Professor in 1968. He developed the Department, by his numerous publications. He was honored with President’s Award. Vidwan M.C. Dixit, well versed in six Shastras was appointed as Sanskrit Shastri in 1973. Identifying his contribution to the fields of teaching and research in traditional method, Vidwan Dixit was honored with President’s Award. Vidwan Jayatirthacharya a Malagi was appointed in that post in 1986. Dr.Gayatri Verma was appointed as lecturer in 1972 and retired in 1980. Dr. B.K. Khadabadi of Karnataka College Dharwad, was associated with the Department to teach Prakrit from 1968-1980. Dr. V.H. Barikeri joined in 1976 Sanskrit Department who went to Gulbarga University in 1980-81. Dr.Mallikarjun B. Paraddi joined as Lecturer in the Department in 1975. He was honored with Kendra Sahitya Academy Award from Government of India and the Presidents award as well. Dr. (Kum.) Nijalingamma V. Koppal joined the Sanskrit Department as Lecturer in 1979. Dr. Mahadev N. Joshi and Dr. B.A. Dodamani were appointed as Lecturers in Sanskrit in 1985. Dr. M.N. Joshi was given with prestigious awards like “Ramkrsna Sanskrit Award” 2000, Sahitya Visarada, Jatyatita Sahitya Ratna Award, Vijayashree Award, Vemana Sahitya Puraskara Award.
Dr. B.R. Modak, led the Department as Professor and Chairman from 1984 and retired in 1989. He served the University in different capacities such as member of the Senate, Academic Council, and Local Inquiry Committees etc. The Government of Karnataka awarded the Certificate of Merit to Dr. B.R.Modak for his contribution to Sanskrit in December 1988. In addition he was honored by Kendra Sahitya Academy Award, New Delhi. Dr.D.N.Shanbhag headed the Department from 1986 to 1994, along with Kannada and Marathi Departments. U.G.C selected the Department under DSA First Phase Programme in Sanskrit, in 1990 and it was completed in 1993. He worked for the University, as a member of Senate, Academic Council and Syndicate, and was awarded President’s Award.


Vision

Sanskrit language being an ancient traditional Indian language has been endowed with multi-dimensional facets depicting Indian cultural religious and environmental heritage since Vedic age. A reservoir of knowledge latent in Vedas Upanishads, Smriti-texts, Ramayana, and Mahabharata etc needs to be brought to light. In addition, human values beset in these ancient texts are to be projected in such a manner that the present society should be benefited for its perennial betterment.
Besides the basic elements of the branches of physical Science like Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Medical Science, Yoga etc., and social sciences like Political Science, Commerce, Sociology and so on, or their in the ancient books of Sanskrit literature are to be brought to light before the society at large with the help of modern technology. So that the significance of Sanskrit Literature can very well be understood by one and all. And such knowledge can be procured by the Sanskrit Language if learnt from the primary school level itself. That is why, the study of Sanskrit Language needs to be implemented from the beginning itself.

Mission

The literary composition and the oral traditional system will be made available to the younger generation through which there will be an overall development and progress not only of an individual but also of the society. The purpose of learning the Vedic and classical language is to make the younger generation understand the Indian cultural and social life and tradition.

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