SANSKRIT

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          In order to create interest and develop aptitude in the student community to learn Sanskrit, Sai Baba National Degree College introduced the Department of Sanskrit in the year 1981.  Since its inception, the Department has proved its greatness and stood as a model to the other Sanskrit departments of the various colleges in the Anantapur district.
 
          There are two faculty members in the Department. Dr.P.P.V.D.Naga Trisula Pani was appointed in the year 1982 on regular basis.  He is highly qualified and competent with a brilliant academic record.  It is because of his sincere efforts and the support of the management the student strength of the department has increased year after year. He has taken part in the faculty development programmes like orientation and refresher programmes, seminars, conferences and symposia organized by the Universities, Institutions and other literary societies from time to time. He has published many articles of academic, research and general nature in various journals, books, newspapers and magazines of great repute. He also served as a member for preparation of lists of books and journals for VIII Plan of UGC to affiliated colleges of S.K. University, Anantapur. He delivered more than 70 All India Radio Talks.  He has participated as Pruchhaka in many Astavadhanams. In and around Anantapur district, he delivered around 500 valued based talks. In recognition of the service rendered on the Republic Day and Independence Day he was awarded merit certificates by the District Collector many times. He is also the recipient of “The State Best Teacher Award”, 2006.  His name is included in the “Reference Asia and Asia Who is Who of Men and Women Achievement” published by the Rifacimento International, New Delhi. Another staff member Smt. G. Punyavathi is also qualified and experienced. She assists the head of the department in all aspects of academic activities of the department.

          The department is provided with a separate staff room, a computer system with printer and other requirements. It has its own library with 70 books and 10 journals. The total number of classrooms for the department is three. The Department caters to the academic needs of about 589 students of I & II UG courses.  Most of the students are from Anantapur district, the economically backward area of Rayalaseema region. Majority of them are women. 

          The department has been following the syllabus prescribed by Board of Studies in Sanskrit set up by the College and the same is approved by the Academic Council as per the guidelines under the Autonomous system. Students studying Sanskrit as second language have been highly successful with a pass percentage of above 95. The progression of the students has also been good. The percentage of students who reach the universities is around 75 and those who reach the level of M.Phil., or Ph.D., are around 5. This is all because of the efforts of the teachers and the semester system.

          The department makes it a point to monitor the progress of the students by getting feedback from them with regard to the curriculum teaching-learning-evaluation. In order to make teaching an interesting and pleasurable experience, the faculty regularly conducts seminars, guest lectures, and group discussions. Flash cards and charts are used to make the learning of Sanskrit more graphic and to retain the subject in memory effectively and to make the teaching lively and interesting.
 
          Additional study material is given to the students to help them learn Sanskrit easily.  Students are advised to visit Sanskrit websites and gain access to more information and also develop greater interest in the subject. The students express satisfaction with regard to the syllabus, the methods of teaching, and evaluation. Besides, the faculty and the students participate in extension activities such as clean and green programmes, blood donation camps, plantation, awareness programmes on superstitions and seasonal diseases supporting NSS,NCC, Red Ribbon Club and Eco Club activities.

          The department established collaborations with the Department of Sanskrit, S.V. University and Kendriya Vidya Peeth, Tirupati. Faculty of these Institutions visit our College and enriches our students in the subject related matters.  The department also conducts certificate courses and Sanskrit spoken classes regularly.

          At present students are assessed by monthly tests, two internal examinations and a semester end examination. Remedial classes are taken for the students who lag behind in getting hold on the subject.  Recently the department conducted a two-day UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Human Values in Sanskrit Literature” on April   28 & 29, 2012. Many eminent scholars attended the seminar. The students of Sanskrit also take part in the academic activities of the department such as seminars, mock lectures, quiz, recitation, elocution and essay writing competitions.

          The alumni of the department have been serving in various state, Central Government and private organizations (both in India and abroad) in such cadres as administrators, lecturers, teachers, scientists and software professionals. They often come to the college and meet the present students and share their views with them with regard to the subject and institution. They express happiness about the performance of the department.

          The department has its own reputation in the university area as it has been imparting quality education through guest lectures and interaction with eminent teachers from various colleges. The department has plans to conduct another National Seminar, and to get a PG course in Sanskrit.

 

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