Virbhadra Singh stresses for early completion of Sanskrit College Phagli
INVC NEWS Shimla, Presiding over the meeting of Himachal Pradesh Sanskrit Academy here today, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh stressed upon for early completion of Sanskrit College at Phagli for which a provision of Rs. 8 crore has already been made and also directed for translation of ancient Sanskrit manuscripts to Hindi. The members present in the meeting suggested that temple pujaris should be properly trained so that they could be able to perform the puja and other religious ceremonies and rituals as per ancient Vedic literature and system. Suggestions were given to organize camps for temple priests under Skill Development Allowance Scheme so that they could be properly trained by the academy to enable them to polish their pronunciation skills while performing ‘Mantras' and ‘Shalokas’. Shri Virbhadra Singh also urged for speeding up the forest clearance process for paving the way for construction of Sanskrit Academy at Marhawag near 16 miles in Shimla rural constituency. He said that the demand pertaining to opening of Sanskrit college would be considered upon provided adequate land was available. It was also decided to provide an honorarium Rs. 700 to Sanskrit litterateurs for presenting research papers. The Chief Minister also released an annual magazine published by the Academy. Chief Minister stressed upon promoting the Sanskrit language and initiate measures to popularize the same for emancipating interest in the language. Earlier, Secretary Himachal Sanskrit Academy Dr. Mast Ram Sharma welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion and briefed about the activities of the academy. Dr. Madan Mohan Sharma, Acharya Keshav Sharma, Acharya Bali Ram Sharma, Prof. Kaushlya Devi, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary Education Shri R.D. Dhiman Director Higher Education Dr. Brij Binta were also present on the occasion.