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Students rue govt ‘apathy’ towards Sanskrit
Published on 22 May. 2011 11:35 PM IST
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Students pursuing Sanskrit — often referred as the mother of Indo-Aryan languages, including Assamese — are undergoing a harrowing time with the language heading towards a predictable end.
According to Times of India, All Assam Sanskrit Students` Union (AASSU), the students` body of the language, slammed the role played by the Sanskrit board in the state for the pathetic condition. AASSU`s Kamrup district committee secretary Akhil Sharma said the board that was set up to look after and development of the language in the state has on the contrary left a negative effect on the language.
"The present Sanskrit board has a negative effect on people`s mind.
Let alone modernization of the syllabus and other academic systems of Sanskrit, they have even failed to supply regular books and other study materials to schools," he said, adding that Sanskrit is the most neglected language in the state at present.
"As a result, the pass percentage of students has gone down to 15 per cent. On top of that, the head of the board does not have any knowledge of the language thus wasting the money that came for development of the language in the state," he said, adding that the students studying the language have never got any scholarships either.
The students` body urged the government to take some serious steps for safeguarding the language. "If the situation continues to be so grim, no student will study the language and it will be dead in the state very soon. The government should take some immediate measures for development of the language," he said.

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