No incoming Sanskrit students at Andhra University :-(

George Thompson gthomgt at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 1 17:53:24 UTC 2011

Dear List,

Coincidentally, here is an angry account [ just yesterday!], by
the well-known Classicist Mary Beard, of the abrupt and shocking dismantling
of a Classics department in Britain [Univ. of London]:

We are all suffering [except for the ueberrich, of course!] from the
devastating consequences of global casino capitalism....


On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM, Dipak Bhattacharya <
dbhattacharya200498 at> wrote:

>   The problem with Sanskrit education in India is that its attraction lies
> mostly in the guarantee of jobs in schools. When Classical language is made
> an optional subject in the secondary stage most schools drop the posts of
> Teacher-in-Sanskrit to save money and the bell tolls for Sanskrit, when made
> compulsory the University Departments overflow. In Bengal at present we are
> seeing a tide following a long period of ebb. Let somebody howl and
> influence a big constituency in Andhra, they will see good days.
> Another fact. Till the early part of the twentieth century there was a
> natural attraction for Sanskrit. The University Sanskrit departments drew
> the best students till about the sixties in Bengal. The decline came after
> that.
> I often wonder if the same problems arose in the West too regarding Greek
> and Latin. I asked some friends. They were reticent or did not know. Will
> somebody kindly enlighten us?
> Best
> DB
> --- On *Wed, 29/6/11, Herman Tull <hwtull at MSN.COM>* wrote:
> From: Herman Tull <hwtull at MSN.COM>
> Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] No incoming Sanskrit students at Andhra University
> :-(
> Date: Wednesday, 29 June, 2011, 12:10 PM
>   I was there as a student in the Wisconsin program 30+ years ago
> (actually in Telugu, but Sanskrit and Telugu were housed together).  It was
> a pretty lively place back then...
> Has there been a similar dwindling of Sanskrit students at other large
> Indian public universities?
> Herman Tull
>  *From:* Dominik Wujastyk <http://mc/compose?to=wujastyk@GMAIL.COM>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4:01 AM
> *To:*
> *Subject:* [INDOLOGY] No incoming Sanskrit students at Andhra University
> :-(

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