West Bengal State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee met with the Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra in order to implement the plans of establishing a full-fledged Sanskrit Univerity in the state by the Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee. After the meeting the name of the university has to go finalized but other details regarding the functioning and administration are yet to be made by the ministry. The name of the newly proposed Sanskrit university would be Paschim Banga Sanskrito Viswa Vidyalaya.
According to Chatterjee, “We are trying to work out where to set up the university. We can upgrade Sanskrit College into a university or set up one in Nadia and bring all the tools under one umbrella.”
However the minister pointed out that it would be very early to announce when the university would start functioning as there are many infrastructural and academic decisions regarding the university that needs to get taken by the ministry. Chatterjee seemed confident that this university would give a huge fillip to the studies and research of one of the most ancient languages known to the mankind, which was once the most important language in the country.
The announcement regarding the Sanskrit University was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in February this year. According to Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri, chairman of the committee formed to make the Sanskrit University a reality, “It is a grand plan. Something that was long needed in finally taking shape. What started as an upgrade project of Sanskrit College gradually snowballed into the idea of a full-fledged university. On the one hand, we will try to preserve the whole reserve of manuscripts that lie unattended across the state. Also, we need to bring the dying tools under one umbrella. Sanskrit College itself needs a lot of attention because no exam has taken place in the tol section for over a decade now.