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:
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.
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.
ConclusionA 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.
For the brochure and other details visit: http://www.sanskrit.nic.in/
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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.