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Sanskrit thriving in UK schools

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London: Sanskrit may be resource starved and may find fewer pupils in India, but there are schools and universities in the UK where the language is thriving.

At the St James Junior School in London, the number of students wanting to learn the language has grown by leaps and bounds.

This chain of schools has been teaching Sanskrit since 1975. Over the years, to their surprise, they have found an increasing number of children keen on learning the ancient language, even though the script and pronunciation is difficult for English speakers.

As young students here recite Sanskrit verses from the Upanishads at the Annual Sanskrit Speech Competition, proud parents and teachers applauding their efforts.

“It gives them brilliant linguistic training. Sanskrit scriptures are inspiring and full of philosophical concepts, which is why we teach it,” said Warwick Jessop, the head of the school’s Sanskrit department.

When asked if they find learning the language hard, most students said Sanskrit was their favourite as they enjoy the classes.

“Learning Sanskrit is unique. As not many people speak it now, it is special that we get to learn such a language. I enjoy learning Sanskrit because I suppose we are one of the few schools that study it and I feel that it benefits you in lots of different ways. As you saw, it helps in improving pronunciation and diction. I would say the spiritual benefits are also quite high. There are lots of different stories like the Ramayana and Mahabharata and there are lots of different ways of describing what was happening in the world ages ago,” said a student of the school.

The curriculum at the James Junior School is set for student aged between four and 18. After completing their levels here, students can go for courses at prestigious universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

7 Responses to Sanskrit thriving in UK schools

  1. Ganesh Bhat Madavu

    Sanskrit is Devavani,the devine language.It is the most musical and most poetical language.Devanagari means dwelling place of the Gods
    hare raama.


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  2. Raghavendra Narayana

    Great. Great.


  3. Suvarnini Konale

    ಅವರೇ “dead language” ಅಂತ ಕರೀತಾ ಇದ್ದ ಭಾಷೆಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಒಲವು ಅವರಲ್ಲೇ ಇದೆ. ನಾವ್ಯಾಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮೊಳಗಿನ ಜಗಳ..ಸ್ವಾರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಭಾಷಾರತ್ನವನ್ನು ನಾವ್ಯಾಕೆ ಮರೆತಿದ್ದೇವೆ? ದುಃಖದ ವಿಷಯ :( ಅಲ್ವಾ? ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ಇದೆ ಅಲ್ವಾ?


  4. Raghavendra Narayana

    we may have to import Sanskrit teachers..
    why not atleast of our kids learn Sanskrit, why only kids, why not we also – what is the issue?
    oh God save us? God already saved us by giving Sankrit – what else to save?…
    …..totally confused
    Action Action Action Action – greatly missing.
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  5. murali sham h

    i am studying sanskrit til 1998 …
    there is huge work is going in our country so many phds and manuscripts r collected our universities
    there is huge knowledge in our culture


  6. Sandesha Ts

    हरे राम। एषा वार्ता कर्णान्दकरम् अस्ति।लन्डन् मध्ये यद् बोधयति तत् अस्माकं देशे न बोध्यते। मदरसादिषु अध्य संस्कृतं वाक्प्रयोग शुध्यर्तं बोधयन्ति…..किन्तु वयं तिरस्कुर्वन्ति। अलं एतत्, संस्कृतभाषा रक्षणीयः।…केन? वयं एव रक्षणीयः,भाषा उपयोगेन,संवर्धनेन,प्रचारेनच। now a day learning of sanskrit is very simple,by online,correspondent or by reggular classes we can learn sanskrit. if you want to learn please contact SAMSKRUTA BHARATHI ( if you want to get news in sanskrit,subhashitas,world meaning(eng=sanskrit) or just ON samskrutam to 09870807070(ur no. can’t seen anyone) and it is google sms channel वदतु संस्कृतम्।जयतु भारतम्॥


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