How to learn Sanskrit through correspondence courses in India


Are you keen on enrolling for introductory courses in Sanskrit through correspondence from an Indian institute? Searching for Sanskrit correspondence courses for housewives? Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, which is a Deemed University in New Delhi, is offering correspondence courses in Sanskrit. There are no exams and no age limits. Students, housewives, senior citizens, research scholars, etc can all get enrolled for the Sanskrit introductory and higher introductory courses.

Overview

Sanskrit is an ancient traditional language of India. Many historical, religious and philosophical texts have been penned in this language. Over the years, some efforts have been made to revive and develop an interest in the language. One of these is to offer a study of the basic concepts of Sanskrit through academic courses, including in the correspondence mode. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, which is a Deemed University established under the aegis of the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India offers Sanskrit Subodh correspondence courses in both, English and Hindi medium. Admission is generally from November to December each year, though the Vice-Chancellor may from time to time accept admission to the courses as a special case. Note that for the next session (2018-2019), the last date for enrolling for the courses has not been mentioned as such.

At some time in the future, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan may also start an advanced Sanskrit Prabodha course for the duration of two years (40 lessons) in Hindi and English. It would include understanding the essentials of Vedic and Sanskrit literature, the Epics, Indian Philosophy and Sanskrit Grammar concepts.



About the courses

There are two correspondence courses offered by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan to learn Sanskrit, one an introductory course and the other a higher introductory course. Initially, each course had 20 lessons which were later made more concise. Thus, now the introductory course is of 11 lessons while that of the higher introductory one is of 14 lessons.

What you learn

In addition to picking up vocabulary, you will get an understanding of Sanskrit grammar rules. Comprehensive notes will be provided along with a glossary of Sanskrit words. For each course, you will receive two lessons every month by postal mail. These lessons include:

  1. Grammar concepts

  2. Text

  3. Glossary

  4. Grammatical notes

  5. A Response Sheet

Evaluation

There are no formal exams for any of the courses. All you have to do is to learn the lessons and then return the completed response sheet to the Asst. Director (CC) for evaluation and marking with grades. The sheet will be graded and sent back to you. The certificates are then awarded on the basis of grade marks.

Note that a scholarship may be awarded based on your performance in the response sheet.

Course fees

Those who are residents of India have to pay a fee of Rs.500/-. Those learners who are residing abroad have to pay a fee of $50. The fee can be remitted in cash by visiting the admission office personally or by Demand Draft in favor of "The Registrar", Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Age criteria: The good news is that there is no age criteria at all! An individual of any age can study through the courses, including youth and senior citizens.

  2. Academic qualification: As such, you do not need to have any educational qualification. What is required is that you should have knowledge of Devanagari and good knowledge of Hindi or English to be eligible to the to the first year course (introductory course). In order to get admission to the second year (higher introductory course), you must have completed the first year introductory course. Alternatively, you must have some elementary knowledge of Sanskrit language.

How to apply

Application form for admission to the courses is available online at: http://www.sanskrit.nic.in/uploads/cc_form.pdf. You can also obtain the form from the Assistant Director, Correspondence course at the address given at the end of this article. Complete the form and affix a passport size photo at the designated place on the form. You also need to send a photo along with the form.

You need to send a Demand Draft of Rs. 500/- ($50 for foreign students) in favor of Registrar, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi with the completed admission form. After receiving the form and the fee, your name will be enrolled for the course and the study material will be sent by post to you.



Conclusion

A correspondence course in Sanskrit would be extremely useful for those who do not have time to attend regular UG courses or pursue PG courses but are keen on learning the language from the comfort of their home as per their own convenience. Even those who are pursuing research in Sanskrit may get updated knowledge on the language aspects.

Contact information

For information about the course you can contact the Assistant Director, Correspondence course at this address:
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University)
56-57, Institutional Area,
Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058
General Enquiry: 011-28524993 / 011-28521994.
Email: rskscc@yahoo.in
For the brochure and other details visit: http://www.sanskrit.nic.in/


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Comments

Author: Sanjeev Gupta06 Jan 2019 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

It's a good move although I don't understand what will be the use of learning Sanskrit. Is there any job one can apply after doing this course. I have studied Sanskrit till 10th standard and got above 90% marks but that was the end. I did not find any use of learning this language. These days people learn languages through which they may get a job.

Author: Venkiteswaran14 May 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 12

I read this article today.

During the COVID lockdown, as I started reading some prayer slokas, devotional and quotes in Sanskrit I felt that it would have been an asset to enjoy these verses in their original essence if I had some knowledge in Sanskrit.
I then searched on Youtube etc for free online materials to learn basics. Till date, I could get only one source which had lucidly presented some introductory modules for beginners. However, my attention got strayed and did not proceed much. I found learning that way is not easy also as Sanskrit has certain unique features, unlike my mother tongue or even English.

It was just coincidence that I hit upon this article title and it attracted me. I visited the web site of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan today and found the following changes or important points-

1. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, formerly Deemed to be university – is now Central Sanskrit University.
2. However, the CC brochure and admission form are not updated.
3. The session of the courses starts in January and ends in October every year. Advertisement for admission to these courses is given in the different national and regional newspaper. Generally, duration of admission is 1st November to 31st December every year. However, the Vice-Chancellor may allow admission to the courses beyond this period also as a special case.
4. On exploring the web site I found that there are many recorded Youtube lecture modules with links.

The contact address is given as-

CENTRAL SANSKRIT UNIVERSITY
56-57, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058

General Enquiry(E-PABX) : 011-28524993, 011-28524995,
011-28520977, 011-28525963, 011-28521994

However, many pages are yet to be updated on the web site. I may be contacting the university for more details and will note to post here if any more new information is obtained.

Author: Swati Sharma06 Dec 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

A very helpful article is given by the author. There are many opportunities in many fields in India and Sanskrit is also one of them where you can make a good career if interested. Sanskrit is the oldest language of India which is also known as Devbhasha. It is the language which has been blessed by the gods, which is used for chanting in religious rituals. It would not be appropriate to falsely measure its level of measurement because Sanskrit holds the highest position among all languages for Indians. The Samaveda, Yajurveda, Atharvaveda, Rigveda, Upanishads, and all the Puranas of India have been composed in the Sanskrit language itself. Continuous study of the language that has so much importance also offers many opportunities for setting a future career.

After acquiring excellent education in Sanskrit subject, all fields related to Sanskrit get priority, such as getting a job as a teacher or professor in school, university. The importance of Sanskrit as a third language in central schools has increased the job opportunities there. You can also get the chance to become a translator and dharma guru in Sanskrit.

Author: Dr. Sanchita Ranjan06 Dec 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

A very informative article written by the author. Sanskrit is known as the traditional language of India and was a very popular language in ancient India. It is widely used for religious purpose. However, It's importance is going down day by day. It is used as a third language in school and very few people take interest in this language. Most of the students don't want to study this subject.

I think it would be a very good initiative to offer these courses. People would get attracted to this subject. In this way, we would get more opportunity in this field also.



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