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Objectives • To impart the knowledge of Sanskrit and ancient Indian culture in a vernacular language to the mass irrespective of caste, religion and gender.
• To encourage the national education at all levels, i.e. from school level to post-graduate level.
• To encourage the use of modern methods of teaching along with the traditional methods. Combination of both the traditional and modern methods is a unique practice in nature.
• To encourage research activities in ancient Indian wisdom with the modern sciences.


Vision Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies is widely recognised as one of the leading centres for higher studies in Sanskrit and Indology. It has been the aim of the Centre since its inception to produce the students having a blend of traditional knowledge and modern approach with sound understanding of the rich cultural past of India. It hopes to maintain its distinct identity as a centre with excellence for learning Sanskrit by offering the updated knowledge to the seeking students through various courses run by the Centre.


Mission The Centre has the mission to promote the higher education in Sanskrit language and literature and to create awareness about the Indian heritage. The Centre aims at imparting the knowledge of high standard and to provide updated information and latest research trends prevalent in the field. The syllabi of all the courses are updated from time to time with a view to incorporate such new developments.

Introduction This is the first department of the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. The Vidyapeeth started an independent Sanskrit College named “Shri Balmukund Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya” on 2nd December 1948. Two devoted teachers, viz. Pt. V. B. Bhagwat and Pt. S. H. Dhupkar were instrumental in shaping the Mahavidyalaya. During the critical period, their efforts and innovative ideas realized that Sanskrit must be made popular and attractive at the school level for increasing the number of students at the graduate and post-graduate levels. The Vidyapeeth got tremendous response and the examinations of the Vidyapeeth became popular and helpful for the students of Sanskrit.
On 24th April 1987 the Vidyapeeth got the status of "Deemed to be University" and there was a structural change in the administrative and academic set up of the Vidyapeeth. Degrees like Visharad and Parangat came to be considered as equivalent to the B.A. and M.A. degrees of the other statutory universities respectively. Besides, Vidyapeeth started Vidyavachaspati (Ph.D.) in Sanskrit and Indology which attract quite a number of students.
Many past students of the Centre have achieved great success and high position in their lives. The courses taught here demanded of excellent academic standard and were constantly modified as per the requirement and changing circumstances. For extension and development of department a new branch was introduced called Indology or Bharatiyavidya (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology).
The teachers, beside their research and teaching, have always strived for making Sanskrit, Indology and Heritage Management and Tourism more accessible, attractive and useful to the students as well as common people. The devotion to their subjects is such that they do not hold back even on the pretext of weekly holidays i.e. Saturday and Sundays from teaching the respective courses.
Students enrolled for various courses, indeed present a unique profile. They come from different walks of life, viz. housewives, doctors, engineers, architects, lawyers, artists, professionals, retired people, so on and so forth. Since there is no age limit, people who want to utilize their leisure for personal growth and find a unique opportunity to do so. They are usually found to be eager to learn more of the ancient Indian literature, language, philosophy and culture. The ambience in the department is built to make the students feel at home. The syllabi of various courses were revised with a view to give emphasis on ancient Indian culture, philosophy and language.
Methods and techniques that are used in the department for imparting knowledge present unique profile. Competitions, co-curricular activities are conducted. Seminars, workshops and special lectures are organized, which get overwhelming response. Moreover, frequent use of various visual aids and practical field trainings during the educational tours help the students to reinforce classrooms learning. Similarly, special guidance workshops for external students are also organized which are greatly appreciated by the students.


Year of Establishment The Centre, being the first department of the Vidyapeeth, was started under the name Shri Balmukund Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya in 1948. The Vidyapeeth got recognized as Deemed to be University in 1987. Then the Centre was designated as Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Asian Studies, and later on as Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies.


Board Of Studies Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies is part of the Board for the Faculty of Arts and Fine Arts. Members of the Board meet twice to discuss the academic matters such as forming new syllabus and updating the existing ones, designing the schedule and panel for examination and answer-scripts assessment.


Approval
• The Courses that are conducted by the Centre are approved by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi and the Government of Maharashtra.


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