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Name of the Camp Workshop on Sanskrit Computational Tools to Understand Sanskrit Texts
Acharya / Speaker Dr. Amba Kulkarni, University of Hyderabad; Dr. Devanad Shukla, Ujjain; Dr. Girish Nath Jha, JNU, Delhi; Dr. Malhar Kulkarni, IIT Bombay; Dr. V Sheeba, CIF Shodha Sansthan, Veliyanad, Kerala; Dr. Shrinivasa Varakhedi, Karnataka Samskrita University, Bangalore; Dr. Tirumala Kulkarni, Poorna Prajna Vidya Peetham, Bangalore; Mrs. Shivaja S. Nair; Special Invitee: Prof. K V Ramkrishnamacharyulu, Former VC, JRSSU; Prof. Gérard Huet, INRIA, France; Prof. Peter Scharf, Director, Sanskrit Library, USA.
Text Covered  Sanksheparamayana, Bhagavad Gita, and a sample from Raghuvamsha will be used as sample reading material.
Language English
Date 2011-12-22 to 2011-12-27
Venue  Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan, Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad, Ernakulam, Kerala.
Fee  INR:500 
Contact Director,
Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan (CIFSS),
Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad P.O
Ernakulam, Kerala, India. PIN-682319
Phone & Fax: 91-484-2747104. Mob 09567761194
E-mail: cifss@chinfo.org
Type Open for All
Description

The aim of the workshop is to introduce Sanskrit teachers to various available tools so that they can use these tools effectively as a teaching aid. Further they can equip their students in understanding the original Sanskrit texts independently with the help of these tools.

The participants will be introduced to the pada-paatha, pada-paricaya, akanksha-yogyata-sannnidhi and anvaya steps involved in understanding any text. They will be introduced to the dynamics of information flow through various steps of language analysis and on how the interaction of world knowledge with this information dynamics helps a reader in understanding any text.

The morning sessions will introduce the participants to various computational tools, discuss the theories behind the development of these tools, and the current state of art of these tools. During the post lunch session the participants will practice these tools.

Sanksheparamayana, Bhagavad Gita, and a sample from Raghuvamsha will be used as sample reading material.

Note: Drafts/ Cheques to be drawn in favour of 'Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan' payable at Ernakulam

Report

A six-day workshop from 22nd to 27th December 2011 on ‘Sanskrit Computational Tools to understand Sanskrit Texts’ had been organized at Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan in collaboration with Sanskrit Consortium Project funded by TDIL, MCIT New Delhi and Department of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad. The course was conducted under the co-ordination of Dr. Amba Kulkarni, Head of Sanskrit Studies at the University of Hyderabad and Dr. V. Sheeba Sudheer, Deputy Director, Chinmaya Internation Foundation Shodha Sansthan.
The Workshop was inaugurated on the 22nd December, by Prof. Mallepuram G Venkatesh, Vice-chancellor of Karnataka Sanskrit University. Prof. Venkatesh opined that the current areas of research in Sanskrit such as the present workshop had the capability of reaching out to the masses with the invaluable wisdom of the literature and philosophies propagated in this language.
The inaugural session was presided over by Prof. K.G Paulose, former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala Kalamandalam and Chairman of the Shodha Sansthan’s Managing committee. Prof. Paulose expressed hope that the use of computers would act as teaching tools and was hopeful that the machines would be made capable of deciphering the classical texts to the extend of extracting the inherent and latest meaning that the surface level verbal expressions.
Dr. Amba Kulkarni gave an overview of the entire workshop.
The inaugural session began with an invocation by Dr. C.P Ambika, Research Associate of the Shodha Sansthan. Swami Ramakrishnananda blessed the occasion.
Dr. Dilip Kumar Rana, Director of the Shodha Sansthan spoke about the future plans on more such creative workshops, while welcoming the gathering. And the inaugural session was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. V.R Manoj, Dy. Director of the Shodha Sansthan.The aim of the workshop was to introduce to Sanskrit teachers the various available tools so that they could make use of these tools effectively in teaching.
Around 30 School/College/University teachers of different states benefited from the workshop. The sessions were both theoretical as well as practical. The computational tools developed by various institutions were introduced and given to each participants for their further use.
Certificates to the participants were issued in the valedictory function by Resource Persons. The workshop concluded with Shanti mantra.

 
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