Jammu, 14 January, 2022: Mahant Rohit Shastri, President, Shri Kailakh Jyotish Avim Vedic Sansthan Trust, met Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr Raghav Langer, today. On the occasion, Mahant Rohit Shastri presented a copy Shrimad Bhagavad Gita to Dr Raghav Langer and drew his kind attention to the problems being faced by Sanskrit students and scholars in the present scenario of Jammu and Kashmir. Shastri ji also suggested some remedial measures which the government could consider for implementation. He also suggested that a State-level Sanskrit award in the name of illustrious Sanskrit scholar Late. Dr Uttam Chand Shastri Pathak ji should be started as the learned scholar had devoted his entire life for service and promotion of Sanskrit language. The award should be bestowed upon the persons contributing to the promotion, propagation and preservation of Sanskrit language in J&K.
Moreover, Sanskrit should be made compulsory from 1st standard in all Government and private schools. A PG department should be opened in Central University, Jammu and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri. A separate Sanskrit university, Sanskrit Gurukuls, Sanskrit Academy, Sanskrit Sansthan etc. should be established in the UT of J&K. He also suggested that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Katra, be converted into an Aadarsh Sanskrit Vidyalaya under Central Sanskrit University, Delhi. If this step of conversion is taken, the funds for running the Gurukul could be given by HRD Ministry instead of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Not only that the seats in Shri Mata vaishno Devi Gurukul, Katra, should be increased but also separate Sanskrit Ministry for UT of J&K should be set up on the lines of the one started by Rajsthan government, Sanskrit scholars should be granted separate scholarships and reservation quota in the appointments of university lecturers and teaching assistants. The Sanskrit should be treated at par with other languages, vacant posts in Vedic studies at higher secondary level should be filled and Vedic studies should be included in college.
On occasion Prof. Sharat Chander Sharma, Dean, Modern Subjects and HOD, English, Central Sanskrit University, Ajay Bharti, Shekher Sharma and other were also present