Deharadun, August 05: Taking a major step to promote the use of the Sanskrit language, the Uttarakhand government has decided to develop one 'Sanskrit-speaking village' in each of the 13 districts of the hill state.
As per the information, under this initiative, the residents of these villages will be trained to use Sanskrit as a means of daily communication. Moreover, these villages would also host literary fests and seminars on the birth anniversaries of famous Sanskrit scholars.
While talking about it, Uttarakhand's minister for education, Dhan Singh Rawat, said that Sanskrit teachers will be sent to these villages to teach locals how to communicate in Sanskrit.
"They will also be taught the Vedas and the Puranas to help them acquire proficiency in Sanskrit... To be called “Sanskrit Gram”, each of these villages will be a center of ancient Indian culture," Rawat said.
"The younger generation should be able to speak the language of our ancestors. Along with connecting our youth to their roots, the Sanskrit Gram scheme will also give foreigners and tourists from other states a taste of the ancient Indian culture," added Rawat.
It may be noted that Sanskrit is the second official language of Uttarakhand. Currently, only one village in Karnataka is a Sanskrit-speaking village and Uttarakhand is the first state to take up the initiative to promote Sanskrit on such a large scale.