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The feat was achieved through a ten day camp, "Amrita Samskrita Saparya'' organised for the 1,000 students and staff members by the language experts from Samskrita Bharathi, a voluntary organisation dedicated towards the promotion of Sanskrit in India.
The camp was attended by both Indian and foreign students of the institution, most of whom had no prior experience of learning Sanskrit. The camp aims at making the students and the staff members understand the cultural, scientific and philosophical richness of the Sanskrit language.
Inaugurating the valedictory function organised in connection with the conclusion of the camp, the director of the National Assessment and Accredition Council, N. Rajashekaran Pillai, said that Sanskrit is the only language in the country capable of genuinely strengthening national unity.
He said that while Sanskrit had contributed towards enriching all the languages in the country, unfortunately the language is yet to be given its due importance. This is tantamount to ignoring the tradition of the country and could be one of the reason why the country's development was lagging behind.
Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, the director of the Bhatatheeya Vichara Kendram, P. Parameshwaran, said that Sanskrit refined people. He described Sanskrit as an inexhaustible treasure of national values.
He wanted spirituality to act as the torch-bearer for advancements in science and technology. He termed the AICT as a confluence of the nation's ancient cultural inheritance and modern science and technology.
Brahmachari Abhayamitra Chaithanya, the correspondent of the Amrita Institutions at Coimbatore, gave the benedictory address and the all India joint organising secretary of Samskrita Bharati, Nanda Kumar, presided.
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