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The Madras Sanskrit College has developed a simplified course for learning Sanskrit which can be used to teach children in the lower classes (Classes 3 to 10).
Why learn Sanskrit (Ankurah/ Pravesika / Dakshata) ?
Our ancient religious scriptures like the Vedas, Agamas, Shastras, Puranas, Itihasas etc. and spiritual texts of philosophies are all scripted in Sanskrit. Knowledge of religion can be segmented as learning of scriptures and practice of scriptures. The learning aspect covers understanding Upanishads and Vedic literature. The practice aspect requires mastery of the rules of the Agamas. Both Vedas and Agamas are in Sanskrit. Next, looking at spirituality, a seeker needs to understand philosophical texts. These texts have been developed by our ancient Indian philosophical schools in Sanskrit. For example, the texts of Advaita, Dvaita, Sankhya, Yoga etc. Therefore, for the study of religion and for the pursuit of spirituality it becomes essential to learn Sanskrit. Learning Sanskrit is enabled in a structured manner through the courses we offer. Pravesika 1, 2 and Dakshata 1, 2 & 3 are designed to help a student to start from the very basics and reach a level of high proficiency where he can independently comprehend advanced Sanskrit. These courses facilitate higher learning of Sanskrit language also.
The course is made up of about 40 lessons. Each lesson has 3 parts which can be covered in 10 to 15 minutes each.
- One session for Aksharaani, where we teach the basic structure of the language.
- A second session where the child practices conversing in the Sanskrit which removes their apprehensions about learning a new language Conversational Sanskrit.
- A third session where the child learn something interesting which makes them develop a liking for the language – it could be a story or a sloka or even a riddle.
The last few minutes are devoted for the teacher to clear students’ doubts.
The classes are meant to be conducted online with a class size of about 30 students.
Recommended Timings of the course is twice a week or three time a week. The course can be completed in 5 to 6 months.
The course should be taught by teachers from the schools.
Teachers are recommended to give Assignments for children at the end of classes 20, 30 and 40.
There will be no Pass or Fail, basically no Marks.
Completion certificate to be given by the Madras Sanskrit College.