Uttarakhand Governor calls for digitising Sanskrit texts

 Ancient Sanskrit texts are treasure trove of knowledge rich in philosophical content, Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul on Friday said and flagged the need to digitise and make them available to the rest of the world through the Internet.

Dehradun: Ancient Sanskrit texts are treasure trove of knowledge rich in philosophical content, Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul on Friday said and flagged the need to digitise and make them available to the rest of the world through the Internet.

Addressing the fifth convocation of Uttarakhand Sanskrit University in Haridwar, the Governor made an appeal to popularise Sanskrit through internet.

Paul said the ancient language occupied a pre-eminent position among the classical languages of the world globally.

The knowledge contained in Sanskrit texts should be digitised "at the earliest" and presented before the world, the former Delhi Police Commissioner said.

"The scholars of Sanskrit should collaborate with computer experts and develop softwares which can translate ancient Sanskrit scriptures and manuscripts rich in philosophical content into the major languages of the world," he said addressing the convocation as the chief guest.

With the help of latest technology and translations, Sanskrit can reach out to the entire world, he said.

Underlining the need to use new technology as a bridge between Sanskrit and other world languages, he said the Sanskrit University should be developed as a centre for translation activity required to link the ancient Indian language to the other languages of the world.

"The whole world is keenly interested now in Ayurveda, Yoga and nauropathy.

"Valuable literature on these subjects is available in Sanskrit compiled by Maharshi Panini, Maharshi Katyayana and Maharshi Patanjali. If digitised these can be made available to the world through the net," he said.

Stressing the need for preparing standard dictionaries for Ayurveda, Vedic Mathematics, ancient economics, agriculture and botanical studies, oceanography?and astrology, he said that this would help these subjects exist on an equal footing with modern sciences.

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