Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Roorkee is planning to launch an online spoken Sanskrit camp for teachers. After the massive success of their online Spoken Sanskrit Course organized online by Sanskrit Club, IIT Roorkee, and Samskrita Bharati, the Institute will launch this new online spoken Sanskrit camp.
The initiative titled ‘Subhashitam Samskritam’ was lauded by PM Narendra Modi and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in July last year for playing an instrumental role in enabling participants to develop a keen interest in the language.
The objective of the initiative was to create awareness about the significance of Sanskrit among the young generation. Level-1 of the course imparted spoken Sanskrit lessons free of cost via the WebEx platform and YouTube live. To handle doubt clearance and discussion with thousands of participants, methods like “question hour” were evolved after creating a Telegram channel of over 5000 subscribers along with multiple WebEx sessions for direct interaction. The examination for Level-1 was conducted online, and 5100+ students scored above the cutoff, thereby receiving a certificate and becoming eligible to formally register for Levels 2 -5.
At the closing ceremony of the online Spoken Sanskrit Course, over 5000 delegates from 32 countries participated. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee at the event said, “I congratulate the Sanskrit Club, IIT Roorkee, and Samskrita Bharati for the phenomenal success of the initiative. It speaks volumes of the tremendous efforts put in by organizers. A uniqueness of Sanskrit is the fact that words in a sentence can be arranged in any order, without altering the meaning of the sentence.” He cited anecdotes of his experience while learning Sanskrit during his school days and also read a testimonial of a participant who applauded the idea, the methodology, leveraging of technology, among many other facets of the course. He called upon the Sanskrit Club, IIT Roorkee to revisit Sanskrit literature that would be relevant for current students from the research perspective.”
For now, the Institute is also thinking of launching a new course for the participants who have aced all five levels.