With the increase in demand for experts in Sanskrit, opportunities are opening up in government as well as the private sector. or experts in the subject, opportunities are opening up in government as well as the private sector. Jobs for students having a basic knowledge of Sanskrit and Natural Language Processing are on the rise.
" Gradually Sanskrit is showing more opportunities for students. Things have been changing in the recent past where Sanskrit students are being hired by software companies, civil services, fashion design, food industry, entertainment industry in the creation of serials and movies on ancient Vedas. Sanskrit students are in demand in various art forms like music and dance; now even computational linguistics, astronomists and mathematicians are hiring Sanskrit experts. Many Sanskritists have joined in IITs, IISER, Google, Ayurvedic firms, yoga training centers.”“Jobs for students having basic knowledge of Sanskrit and Natural Language Processing are on the rise. The digitization of ancient scriptures is another area in which Sanskrit students are getting jobs. There are a lot of opportunities in Sanskrit-allied areas such as Yoga and Ayurveda,” says Anil Kumar Gourishetty, coordinator, Sanskrit Club, IIT Roorkee.
Currently, there are 18 Sanskrit universities including 3 central universities in India. Several private universities have introduced Sanskrit Studies. Keep in view its popularity, two universities in the US and one in Nepal is noticing a rise in students.
“25,000 students are pursuing higher education in Sanskrit, following traditional learning pattern in India. Besides, around 2 lakh students are enrolled in short-term courses. At present, more than 1 crore people are learning Sanskrit across the globe,” says Varkhedi. Sanskrit is a language of the future, he adds, which will trigger new dimensions for Science as well. Several recent scientific findings including God particle, Quantum Physics have roots in Sanskrit, as mentioned by several foreign researchers.
Ajit. K. Chaturvedi, director, IIT Roorkee says that Sanskrit texts have not been examined critically from the viewpoint of the modern scientific tradition. “Given the fact that several Sanskrit texts are on subjects of contemporary interest be it mathematics, astronomy, Ayurveda, architecture, diplomacy, ethics. It is important to explore the subjects relevant today,” says Chaturvedi.
To promote the language, the Central government has implemented several schemes through the nodal agency Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. “Promoting Sanskrit aligns with the vision of the National Education Policy 2020 that reinforces the commitment towards instilling appreciation towards Indian culture and heritage through tech-driven innovation," says education minister, Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank.
Due to increasing demand for the language, modern gurukulams are being established in India with Swami Narayan schools, Aurobindo Society, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans, Art of Living, Patanjali Acharya Kulam promoting the subject.
There are plans of setting up of traditional pathashalas and schools run by government and non-government institutions that will offer programmes at different levels with an enrolment of 5 lakh students in India. “Around 5,000 such schools are already functional. Many private universities are also taking a keen interest in offering a dedicated course on the subject,” says Varakhedi.
Premier institutions like IITs are introducing initiatives to promote the language in their campuses. IIT Roorkee’sSanskrit Club organizes lectures by eminent academicians and holds workshops on Sanskrit-based knowledge systems. IIT Kharagpur organizes programmes like Samskrita Week. IIT Bombay has a Cell for Science and Technology in Sanskrit. IIT Delhi has a research group working on Panini’s Ashtadhyayi by applying Machine Learning algorithms.