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    As a language of ancient India, Sanskrit has a 3,500-year-long history. It is a language used in most works of Hindu philosophy and the principal texts of Buddhism and Jainism. It has also had an influence on poetry, music, drama, scientific, and technical learning. Today, over 50 million students study Sanskrit at school in the country.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): A proposed plan by the Indian government to create at least two Sanskrit-speaking villages near institutions of the language in the country has evoked mixed reactions on social media.

    Presiding over a meeting of heads of central language institutions in the Indian capital city of New Delhi this week, the country's Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said there is a need to engage more qualified Sanskrit teachers and professors to give new dimensions to this ancient language, as well as to promote it both at the national and international level.

    Some netizens opposed the government's plan for Sanskrit.

    ​Meanwhile, the Nishank has asked officials of his ministry to meet with heads of these language institutions regularly and discover innovative ways to promote Indian languages.

    Since 2014, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has been observing a National Sanskrit Week to promote the language in schools. Those keen to promote the language as a gateway to India's ancient culture have welcomed the move.

    In 2016, a Ministry of Human Resource Development-appointed 12-member committee prepared a 10-year road map for the promotion of Sanskrit. In its 32-page recommendatory report, the then committee defined Sanskrit as the "voice of India's soul and wisdom".

    A National Sanskrit University funded by the HRD Ministry has been implementing schemes for the propagation of the Sanskrit language and literature. It provides financial assistance for the publication and re-printing of rare books. It is also supporting Sanskrit teachers and scholars through cash rewards for exemplary work.    


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