CEDA introduces e-learning in Sanskrit

via http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article2934152.ece#.T0sQjqcTG0g.email published on March 16, 2012

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CEDA) Bangalore, has developed a syllabus for e-learning of Samskrit up to postgraduate level, said P. Ramanujan, Associate Director of Indian Heritage and Language Computing of CEDA.

Speaking at the inaugural of the two-day workshop ‘vaignanika sadas’ organised by the Samskrita Sahittya Parishad at Srimathi Indira Gandhi College for Women here on Saturday, Mr. Ramanujan said that the syllabus is learner-friendly. He said that the learners would be fully satisfied over the teacher’s explanation being offered through the e-learning programme.

Mr. Ramanujan, who delivered a lecture on ‘on-line resources for e-learning of Samskrit’ said that the CEDA had evolved a special font for handling the Vedic text. “The font would facilitate easy understanding of the vedic ‘slokas’ and other hymns ,” he said. V. Kannan, professor of Mathematics, University of Hyderabad, in his lecture on ‘Mathematics on Samskrit’, highlighted the treasurers of mathematical formula and theorems codified in Samskrit language, much ahead of the times of western mathematicians or scientists. The principles of calculus were also rich in Samskrit language, he said citing examples from the ancient texts.

V. Gopalakrishnan, principal of Saranathan College of Engineering, said that Samskrit was a treasure house of information, arts and science. Research programmes should be taken up so that Samskrit could be best utilised for our country’s overall progress .

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