Dang: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has urged the Nepal Sanskrit University to create an environment conducive to offer classes on Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy and architecture through the use of modern technology while conserving Sanskrit knowledge. It is our responsibility to preserve Vedic tradition and treatment methods passed down to us as a legacy by our sages, and for this, universities of the country should be effortful, she said.
The President was inaugurating an Ayurveda teaching building belonging to the University at Beljhundi in Dang district today. She herself had an individual and emotional attachment with Sanskrit education, she said recalling that people’s leader Madan Bhandari was also a product of Sanskrit subject. In another context, she said the Dang Valley being one of biggest valleys in the country had had a biggest contribution to the development of human civilisation.
The President said the establishment of the University has taken the identity of Dang to a new height. “It is a matter of pride for the citizens of Dang that it has the Sanskrit University to research and teach about one of the earliest languages and about the Eastern civilisation.” The President advised the University to focus on the production of competent human resources capable of consuming the essence of rare creations written in the Sanskrit language and transferring the knowledge to the new generation. She expressed her hope that the new building for the University would help it run its activities efficiently. The importance of Ayurved science and treatment has further increased during the pandemic and it has been accepted as the common treasure of the entire world not only the Eastern civilisation. She took time to advise the University to further research and explore in the Ayurved science, yoga, meditation and so on.
Stating that the Nepali’s identity, self-respect, honour and dignity should be explored, she urged the University and other academic institutions to take a lead in this. “Our concept is not only related to the economic prosperity and physical happiness. It is also related to the cultural, moral and civilisational supremacy as well. We are active in the great journey of cultural resurgence,” the President said. On the occasion, she suggested the University to preserve its movable and immovable assets and utilize the same for income-generating activities.
Communication and Information Technology Minister Rekha Sharma said she was always supportive to making the Sanskrit University more systematic. Lumbini province’s Health Minister Bishnu Panthi also expressed the commitment to work for the University’s advancement and expansion. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Yadav Prasad Lamichhane, Rector Bhim Prasad Khatiwada and Registrar Madhav Adhikari briefed about the University. The building will be used for running the BAMS classes. There are 108 rooms in the three-storied building.