Grants for Indian Classical languages

Madhukar N. Gogate mngogate1932 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jun 19 00:14:42 UTC 2012

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To myself and Bcc to selected some.
Govt of India Annual Grants for Classical Languages.
On internet, I obtained following information, officially given in Lok Sabha.
Rounding off figures, Govt of India gave following grants
Year April 2008 to March 2009..... Rs  4 crore (Tamil), Rs  72 crore (Sanskrit)
Year April 2009 to March 2010....  Rs  9 crore (Tamil), Rs  99 crore (Sanskrit)
Year April 2010 to March 2011....  Rs 10 crore (Tamil) Rs 109 crore (Sanskrit)
4 months Apr 2011 to July 2011... Rs  3 crore (Tamil) Rs   55 crore (Sanskrit)
There are Institutional set ups for Tamil, Sanskrit to manage grants. Such set
up is not ready (it appears, on 3 Aug 2011, date of note) for Telugu, Kannada
which too are recognised as Classical languages. I learn Malayalam is not
successful in getting recognition (from Sahitya Akadami which scrutinizes 
evidence for 2000 years antiquity). It would take time to know result for Marathi.
Purpose of grant is defined, (Govt will audit expense), See instance of Sanskrit.
Some earlier figures, mentioned in some Pune meetings, were wishful thinkings.
I learn that a sumptuous budget per year per language is under consideration
of Govt (but not finalised). I suggest some Lok sabha MPs may take interest
on  funding updates. I may not report further. -- M N G. ( 

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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New Delhi: The Government of India is promoting Sanskrit through schemes implemented by three Sanskrit Universities (Deemed) viz. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (RSKS), New Delhi, Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha  (SLBSRSV), New Delhi and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSV), Tirupati and Maharishi Sandipni Rastriya Ved Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain (MSRVVP), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of  HRD.  The Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) has been set up at Chennai in January 2008 as an autonomous body fully funded by the Central Government for promoting Classical Tamil 

RSKS imparts education mainly on Sanskrit language from school level to Post Graduate/Doctorate level through its campuses and affiliated institutions.  It implements various schemes through Adarsh Sanskrit Mahavidayalas.  It has other schemes such as vocational training scheme, Sanskrit Dictionary project, production of Sanskrit Literature, purchase of Sanskrit books, Merit scholarship.  MSRVVP, Ujjain is working for preservation of Oral tradition in Vedic studies. 

Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu and Kannada languages have been declared as Classical Languages by the Government of India. The Central Government is in the process of establishing centre of excellence for the development and promotion of classical Kannada and Telugu. 

The grants released for development and propagation of classical languages during the last three years including current year as given below: 
(Rs. in crore) 
2011-12 (till date) 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Lok  Sabha today. 
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