was passed in West Bengal Assembly today in a bid to create a nodal center in
learning of Sanskrit.
enable complete up-gradation of the 191 year-old Sanskrit College along with its
properties and liabilities, Sanskrit College and University, West Bengal Bill
2015 is issued.
center of study will be created in the field of Sanskrit language, various
other Indian languages, Indology, Indian philosophy, comparative literature,
humanities and cognitive science. Also, including study in various foreign
languages which have close association with Sanskrit. This is the primary
objective of the University.
during the British regime that the foundation of Sanskrit College was laid on a
recommendation by James Prinsep and Thomas Babington Macaulay. In 1824, a
scholar of oracular knowledge, John Paskal Larkins laid the foundation stone of
the college, seven years after Presidency College adjacent to the city's famed
College Street, known as the Oxford of the East.
principal of Sanskrit College was Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a polymatch and a
key figure in Bengal Renaissance. It had its alumni the illustrious artist of
Bengal School of Painting Rabindranath Tagore. .