The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday launched a Sanskrit learning app ‘Little Guru’ in a virtual ceremony as part of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ (ICCR) global launching.
The app will be promoted across the world among the students, religious scholars, Indologists, and historians. ICCR said over the past few years, it has been receiving a large number of requests from across the world both from the Indian diaspora as well as foreigners interested in Sanskrit.
Many of the Buddhists, Jain and other religious texts are in Sanskrit and there has been a great demand from such countries for assistance in learning the language.
“Within the diaspora community the desire to stay connected with their roots as well as to access the rich literary epics and texts of India has attracted a huge demand for Sanskrit,” the ICCR said. The number of Sanskrit universities across the world have also been keen on an App which would help not only the students who are currently studying in these universities but also to act as a feeder for young scholars to learn Sanskrit before joining universities. The ICCR has tied up with Gamapp Sportswizz Tech. Pvt. Ltd. to launch the app which is based on an interactive platform to make Sanskrit learning easy, entertaining and fun, the Indian High Commission said.
This app will help people who are already learning Sanskrit or those who are desirous to learn Sanskrit to do so in an easy manner based on games, competition, rewards, and peer to peer interactions, among others. This unique App combines education with entertainment thereby helping keep attention of the learner as well as encourage him/her to advance further.
“ICCR is confident that the launch of this App 'Little Guru' will go a long way in popularizing Sanskrit. Sanskrit continues to be a living language, being used by scholars accessing literary texts.
This App would help create awareness not only about language but also open the doors for people to access the rich cultural heritage of India,” the High Commission said.
As a part of its mandate to promote the vibrant cultural heritage of India, ICCR promotes Sanskrit through providing books and material to Sanskrit institutes all over the world. It also deputes teachers and professors to universities and institutes teaching Sanskrit.