First Sanskrit university of Bengal to be set up soon

State education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday held a meeting to implement Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee’s plan of setting up a full-fledged Sanskrit university in the state. It has been decided that the university will be named Paschim Banga Sanskrito Viswavidyalaya.

“We are trying to work out where to set up the university. We can upgrade Sanskrit College into a university or set up one in Nadia and bring all the tols under one umbrella,“ said Dr Chatterjee. According to the minister the university will give a huge leap to studies and research on one of the most ancient languages known to mankind.

In February 2015, West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee had announced setting up of a Sanskrit university. Scholar Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri was appointed as the chairperson of the committee formed to make the Sanskrit university a reality.

West Bengal all set to get its first Sanskrit University

West Bengal is all set to get its first Sanskrit University. Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced the decision on Wednesday, saying the varsity would be named `Paschim Banga Sanskrito Viswa Vidyalaya’. A commission under Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri has been formed to decide the likely cost, location and other key details. The panel has to submit its report in two months.

In the evening, Chief Minister posted on her Facebook page: “I am happy to share with you that we will be setting up a new Sanskrit University for the first time in the state. This will give a huge fillip to studies and research on one of the most ancient languages known to mankind.“

The existing Sanskrit college in Kolkata may come under the ambit of the university. This will be the third Sanskrit University in eastern India after Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidayalaya in Puri (1981) and Kumar Bhaskar Varman Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University in Nalbari, Assam (2011).

The announcement came a day before the Chief Minister is to leave for Bangladesh to attend the Bhasha Divas celebrations. The visit will help further strengthen ties between Bangladesh and West Bengal.