<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami who headed the panel to promote Sanskrit education in the country, has been made the Chairman of Committee that selects Presidential Awards in nine regional languages.These awards that are given on the eve of Independence Day recognise work in regional and ancient languages.The nine regional languages in which awards are given include Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic, Persian, Classical languages including Oriya, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. The committee that consists of 11 members has to include two members who are experts in Sanskrit but the current panel approved by Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has at least four members including the Chairman who are experts in Sanskrit language.As per the document accessed by DNA, the other members in the panel include BHU’s former HoD of Sanskrit Department Gopalbandhu Mishra, VV Jaddipal who was with Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati, Dharam Chand Jain former professor Sanskrit and Prachyavidya Sansthan, Kurukshetra University and experts from other languages.”N Gopalaswami’s appointment as Chairman has been done keeping in mind his expertise in Sanskrit since two of the members necessarily have to be experts in Sanskrit language,” said a source from HRD Ministry.HRD Ministry had in the year 2015 formed a panel to promote Sanskrit education in the country and Gopalaswami headed it. Among other things the committee suggested measures to integrate study of the language with other disciplines like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Medical Science and Law. The 31-member panel was also tasked to prepare 10-year plan for promotion of Sanskrit.RECOGNITIONAwards that are given on the eve of Independence Day recognise work in regional and ancient languages. The 9 languages in which awards are given include Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic, Persian, Classical languages including Oriya, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.

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