Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

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Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, a University established under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 is a premier instituion in the field of higher learning in Sanskrit studies, Trditional Sastras and Pedagogy. It is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development through University Grants Commission, New Delhi. The Vidyapeetha has a long history in the service of Sanskrit education. The vidyapeetha was established at Tirupati (A.P.) in 1961 by the Govt. of India on the recommendations of the Sanskrit Commission (1957) as an autonomous body under the name of Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati Society. Dr. S.Radhakrishnan, the then Vice Presiden t of India laid the foundation stone of the vidyapeetha on 4th January 1962. The basic objective of setting up the Vidyapeetha is to impart and improve Sanskrit pedagogy, to accelerate the pace of higher Sanskrit learning and to combine the traditional Sanskrit education with modern scientific research. Later, Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati came under the administrative control of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education in April 1971. In the year 1987 the Vidyapeetha was declared as a Deemed University by the Government of India, considering its service to the cause of Sanskrit Education, achievements in research and pubications and general progress in the past 25 years. it was formally inaugurated by teh President of India Sri. R.Venkataraman on 26th August, 1989. considering its achievements and potential for reseach in Traditional Sastras, the Univesity was given the status of Center of Excellence in Traditional Sastras during the X plan period. The Vidyapeetha Society has had a galaxy of successive chairmen who were well known public figures – Sri Patanjali Sastry, former Chief Justice of India being the first, followed by Prof.V.Raghavan, a reputed Indologist and Sri M.Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, former Speaker of Lok Sabha. Dr. B.R. Sharma was the Founder, and also acted as the Director from 1962 to 1970. Later the post of Director was changed into that of Principal. Sri Venkata Raghavacharya,  Dr.Mandan Mishra, Dr.R.Karunakaran, Dr. M.D. Balasubramanyam and Prof. N.S. Ramanuja Tatacharya served the institution in various capacities. Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha came under  the aegis of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan– an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education in April, 1971.  Despite  the  challenges of the modern world, it has grown from strength to strength as a premier Institution for  Sanskrit  learning  and  research  in   India . During   the   Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1987, Sri P.V.Narasimha Rao, the then Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India announced the decision of the Government to elevate its status to that of a Deemed University. The Vidyapeetha was declared as a Deemed to be a University on the recommendations of the U.G.C  under Section 3 of UGC Act by the Government of India in its Gazette dated 16 - 11- 1987,  No. F.9-2/85 U-3. The Deemed University was formally inaugurated   by the then President of India Sri R. Venkataraman on 26th August, 1989. The Vidyapeetha started functioning as a Deemed University from the academic year 1991 - 92. Since then we have had eminent Chancellors – M.M.Sri Pattabhirama Sastri,Prof.Ramaranjan Mukherjee, Dr.V.R.Panchamukhi(two terms) and Dr. J.B.Pattnaik and  the Vice-Chancellors were Prof.N.S.Ramanuja Tatacharya, Prof.S.B.Raghunathacharya, Prof.D.Prahladachar and Prof. Harekrishna Satapathy. Now Prof. V.Muralidhara Sharma took over as Vice-Chancellor.  The Vidyapeetha is now headed by Shri. Shri. N.Gopalaswami, IAS (Retd., former Chief Election Commissioner of India and Padmabhushan recipient serving as  the Chancellor and  Prof. V.Muralidhara Sharma as  the Vice-Chancellor of the Vidyapeetha. The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha has chalked out ten years Vision Plan for the developmental activities in realising the goals set by the founders. Development of innovative teaching methods of Sanskrit, Development of Modern Research Methodology in Sanskrit , Conducting national level Shastrartha Training Camps, Use of modern technology such as Language Lab in the development of teaching and research methodology, To develop Network of institutes, academicians and researchers on Sanskrit through SANSK-NET, Popularization of great epics like Valmiki Ramayana and Mahabharata and Puranas like Bhagavatam etc. in all major languages of the World through Internet , Promoting traditional shastras and showing their relevance to the contemporary society, Organizing Sanskrit-Science Exhibition , Research on Sanskrit-Science Nexus , Establishing a Centre for Sanskrit and Science Studies and development of New Courses in this area, Creating a forum for interaction between traditional Sanskrit scholars and Scientists , Organising Seminars, Conferences and Workshops on the Sanskrit Science, To conduct extensive survey, collection and preservation of Manuscripts and to publish critical editions, To intensify research on Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences, To mould the students of Sanskrit learning into Cultural Ambassadors of India.