Dr Sampadananda Mishra, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC, an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society), was invited as the guest of honor to address a symposium titled ‘Value Education through Sanskrit’, organized by Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow. Jaipuria is the ONLY mainstream English medium school in India where Sanskrit education is being imparted right from LKG to Class VIII, ensuring the holistic development of a child.
On this occasion, a set of eight books, titled ‘Devabhasha’, prepared by Dr Mishra was released. This set is a part of the curriculum at Jaipuria School from Class I to VIII. These books have been edited by Dr Sampadananda Mishra (an Indian President-awarded Sanskrit trainer, teacher and scholar), and he regularly trains the Sanskrit teachers of this school to teach Sanskrit in a manner which is easy, natural and innovative. Dr Mishra, in his address on the symposium spoke on the relevance of introducing Sanskrit at primary level and explained the practical value of learning Sanskrit. Through Sanskrit learning, students of Jaipuria School have imbibed love for their culture, coupled with a reverence for their country—thanks to the magical touch of the pristine language, Sanskrit. Their reasoning power, diction, memory and holistic growth—especially in mathematics—have seen a positive upward trend. An unprecedented depth has also been noticed in their poetic compositions. The student council, parents and teachers also shared their journey of Sanskrit Education in Jaipuria School through the formative years of their wards and its beautiful influence on their lives at the occasion.
An exhibition on the Sanskrit terms used for articles used in daily life was also organized at the occasion.
The objective of teaching Sanskrit across the primer, primary and middle school is neither to turn the students into ‘Shloka’- or ‘Mantra-reciting 'parrots' nor to turn them into Sanskrit scholars or pandits, but to help them garner a lucidity and fluency in what is undoubtedly the most perfect language of all ages and the genesis of many languages across the world.