Sanskrit College Gets Ready for Centenary Fete - The New Indian Express

Sanskrit College Gets Ready for Centenary Fete

Published: 18th January 2014 11:26 AM

Last Updated: 18th January 2014 11:27 AM

It’s 100 years since the Sree Rama Varma Sanskrit College, Tripunithura, has been imparting the virtues of knowledge and wisdom and the essence of Indian culture to young minds.

To mark the milestone, a Centenary Heritage Museum will be opened to the public next week.

 The centenary celebrations will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on January 24. He will also open the heritage museum and offer floral tributes to Rama Varma Thampuran. The Pareekshith Thampuran lecture will be conducted by K G Paulose and historian M G S Narayanan on the occasion.

Heritage Museum

The museum set in a fire-proof building embraces more than 100 photographs of the rulers of Kochi Kingdom, a collection of 2,000 palm leaf manuscripts and 500 paper manuscripts. The photographs include inaugural ceremonies of Shoranur junction - Cochin Harbour Terminus railway line and the ‘Sastra Sadas’ of Sree Rama Varma Sanskrit College in which Rama Varma Maharaja was present.

College Principal K P Prasana said the photographs are a testimony to the contributions of the erstwhile Kochi Royal family towards the development of the state. “The railway line was built in 1902 by the King of the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin. Hesold 14 gold caparisons of the elephants of the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple at Tripunithura to meet the expenses of the rail line,” said Prasana.

She said the the College has been acknowledged as the greatest contribution of the Royal family to the state. “The move to establish a separate institution for Sanskrit studies was made during the 60th birthday celebrations of the then king who constituted a Sanskrit Encouragement Committee to come up with proposals for setting up  an institution. The college was formally opened on January 14, 1914.” “The manuscripts have been made use of by several institutes for research, including the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi,” said Prasana. The museum is a gift of the college to the public in its centenary year.

Slew of Programmes

Prasana said the events enhanced by former Principal K G Paulose will be strengthened.  She said, “The main programmes include the month-long ‘Sastra Sadas’ and Parikshit Memorial Lecture. They will be publicised through our publication wing ‘Rama Varma Sanskrit Grandavali’.”

 More publications will be brought out. Bhagavatham discourses and Geetha Govindham discourses in Sanskrit will be released on the day of centenary celebrations,” she said.

The college had a makeover under K G Paulose. “There were three under-utilised endowment amounts that had grown over the years. The endowment of `1lakh formed by Parikshit Thampuran increased to around Rs 3.5 lakh. I earmarked the amount for the conduct of Parikshit Lectures. The other endowment was used for conducting the ‘Sastra Sadas’ and for publication of books and the research journal,” said Paulose.

The Maharaja wanted ‘Sastra Sadas’ traditions to be upheld.  

“The Sadas now offers a forum for intensive discussion of Sastraic topics. Scholars like Sheldon Pollock, R S Sharma, C D Narasimhaiah have graced the Sadas,” said Paulose.

The revival of the publication section with the introduction of ‘Purnathrayi’, the bilingual journal was done during his tenure.

The college which was part of the University of Kerala is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University.

It has been accredited by NAAC with a B Grade and it is an approved research centre.

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