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Stress on Sanskrit knowledge to understand Indian heritage

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Sept 7 - Knowledge of Sanskrit as well as Pali and Prakrit literature is needed to understand ancient Indian heritage. Though the stress is now on Sanskrit literature, a proper study of the other classical literary traditions is also essential to understand heritage. All these literary traditions equally carried forward the course of study of literature, philosophy, astrology, astronomy, science, etc. This was stated by Dr Nava Kumar Handique, professor, Department of Assamese, and chairperson, Centre for Studies in Philosophy at the Dibrugarh University, while delivering a special talk on �Sanskrit literature and Indian heritage� at the DHSK Commerce College here.

The special talk was organised by the Department of Assamese in association with the Department of Commerce as well as the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the college. The programme, presided over by Dr Khanindra Mishra Bhagawati, principal of the college, was anchored by Dr Bhupesh Bhagawati, HoD and associate professor, Department of Commerce, of the college. Pulin Rajbongshi, vice principal and associate professor, Department of Banking of the college, was the special guest.

Dr Handique said that the term �heritage� is still under debate as there are differences in opinions on the terminology. �As society is changing, we ought to choose everything based on logic and thus heritage, too, has become contemporary,� he reasoned.

Earlier, Nabajyoti Dutta, head of the Department of Assamese of the college, stated the aims and objectives of holding the function. Dr Tanka Prasad Upadhyaya, coordinator, IQAC, and associate professor, Department of Banking, offered the vote of thanks to the gathering comprising teachers and students of the institution. The function concluded with the singing of the State anthem, �O mor apunar desh,� a press release stated.

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