In 1969, the Ministry of Education of Government of India issued instructions to celebrate Sanskrit Day at the Central and State levels. Since then, every year on the day of Śrāvaṇa Pūrṇimā the Sanskrit day is celebrated all over India. Many institutions celebrate this as a Sanskrit week too. Following this tradition, the Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, organised a set of events throughout the month for the propagation of Sanskrit Language and the knowledge available in it.
संसृ तसमाषणम् – पथमसोपानम्(Sanskrit Communication – Level I):
A 10-day Sanskrit communication course, open to the public, was conducted from 12.09.2022 to 23.09.2022 at the Brigade Orchards Campus of Chanakya University. The participants were familiarised with rudimentary aspects of Sanskrit language. They were provided the basic skills to understand and generate simple sentences in Sanskrit, which they can use in their day-to-day life. 20 participants from various walks of life and from varied linguistic backgrounds benefited from the workshop. At the end of the course all the participants expressed their willingness to continue their study of Sanskrit language.
Online Quiz on Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata
An online quiz was organised on Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata to raise the general awareness about these works. The quiz was open from 9th to 11th September 2022 for the general public. It was organized at two levels: Beginner and Advanced. Nearly 700 people participated in both levels of the quiz. E-certificates have been issued to the participants on the successful completion of the quiz.
A Special Lecture on Indian Astronomical Instruments
A Special Lecture on ‘Indian Astronomical Instruments’ by Shri V Shivashankara Sastry was organized on 16-09-2022 at the Brigade Orchards Campus of CU. Shri. Sastry gave a brief introduction to astronomical calculations in Indian from pre-historical times before focusing on the instruments developed by Jai Singh. He took the aid of the miniature models he had developed and explained to them how the instruments were used for accurate measurement.
Exhibition on ‘Science in Sanskrit’ from 14th-20th September
The Exhibition included over 60 posters containing excerpts from Sanskrit works on various sciences like Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Astronomy, Plant Sciences and Chemistry. It also included a display of miniature models of the astronomical instruments designed and constructed by Indian king Sawai Jai Singh (1681 – 1743). These models were made by Shri V. Shivashankara Shastry, an independent researcher from Kolar,Karnataka.