If you were to look up the meaning of “guru” in Sanskrit, it means “the one who dispels darkness and takes you towards light”. The meaning of “guru” transcends beyond the idea of a teacher in school – it can be anything from a book you have read recently, a piece of art you cherish or an album from your favorite artist. With that, The Week’s Urza Acharya asked some people to tell us a little about who or what they consider to be a “guru” in their lives.
It was reported on May 31, 2018 that Bikash Karkidholi, eight years old, was not admitted in Shree Krishna Dwarpayan Gurukul Bedbidhya Asharam in Bhadrapur, Jhapa because he was a Dalit. I wanted to know if all Sanskrit schools are denying admissions to Dalit children. I went to Bhagwat Sanyas Ashram located at Ram-Mandir site in Pashupatinath temple premises.
POKHARA, April 21: At a time when many Sanskrit schools are getting closed with a declining number of students, the Sanskrit Secondary School here has restored its image to attract students and guardians lately.
KATHMANDU, March 22: The international Sanskrit symposium concluded in the capital today, issuing a seven-point declaration. Among other issues, the declaration mentions the establishment of Nepal-India Sanskrit Study Centre and the promotion of yoga and ayurveda.
DOLAKHA, Dec 18: Until a few years ago, chanting hymns in Sanskrit language was a regular activity at the Sanskrit Secondary School of Hilepani in Kalinchowk Rural Municipality-4. Since Sanskrit was a compulsory subject here, the only Sanskrit school in the district used to boast of its contribution in preserving the language.
KATHMANDU, May 16: Sanskrit language expert and media person Janardan Ghimire who was injured in a bus accident that occurred at Khadichaur of Sindhupalchwok last Thursday succumbed to injuries this evening. He was 48.
DANG, Nov 29: As Nepal Sanskrit University in Dang district prepares to lease its 200 bigha of land to Swami Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, locals who had donated their land to the university in hopes of contributing to the development of education sector have expressed serious objection regarding the decision.
DANG, Nov 29: Nepal Sanskrit University in Dang is preparing to lease out 200 bigha of land to Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd for 40 years at a very low price, as per his plans for developing the area into a commercial ayurvedic farm.
Sanskrit may have long been considered a dead language, but of late, there is undeniably more interest around the matter. Not only do we have international writers debating over the language, some private schools in the capital are reintroducing Sanskrit classes to their syllabuses.
ILAM, July 5: Gone are the days when only Brahmins could read Sanskrit, only Janajatis could pursue Buddhist education and those from Kirant communities could go through the holy book of Kirant. Unlike in the past, anyone regardless of caste, creed, religion, sex and community can now read those holy books in order to gain knowledge. Toribari, situated at Barbote VDC ward number one in Ilam district, illustrates the paradigm shift.
KATHMANDU, July 1: 'English speaking zone'. Very few may wonder over this decal found generally on the walls of the private schools buildings. The essential of private schools in Nepal is- they are English medium schools, that is to say, speaking other languages except English is highly discouraged.