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The Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies (SCSS), JNU organized the "Yuv-Sanskrit-Kavi-Sammelanam" on 20 September, 2014 in collaboration with Delhi Sanskrit Academy, New Delhi. The event recognized the vitality and intensity of Sanskrit Poetry and emphasized on the significance of it regarding futuristic vision and contemporary responsiveness.

The event, graced by the presence of eminent scholars and young students was celebrated in the premises of SCSS, JNU. Dr. Sudhir Kumar Arya was the event organizer. It was coordinated by Dr. Santosh Kumar Shukla, and Dr. Dharmendra Shastri. The Inaugural session was chaired by Prof. Radhavallabha Tripathi (Ex Vice Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi). Dr. Ramakanta Shukla (Padmashree Awardee), Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee (Registrar, JNU), Dr. Anand Kumar (IPS, officer), Dr. Sudhir Kumar (Director, Haryana Sanskrit Academy), Prof. Vijayakarna (Lucknow University) were the chief guests. Prof. C. Upendra Rao (Chairperson, SCSS) introduced the inaugural session and welcomed the guests. Also Dr. Rajnish Kumar Mishra, Dr. Ramnath Jha, Dr. T. Mahendra and other faculty members, welcomed the guests.

In the Inaugural session, Dr. Ramakant Shukla inspired the young generation to continue writing innovative poems in Sanskrit. Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee recited his poems "Shiksha" and "Pushpanjali" in Sanskrit which emphasized the importance of mother tongue learning and women empowerment. Dr. Anand Kumar explained the importance of Sanskrit as the best source of learning World history and development of different languages. He motivated the students to learn the knowledge culture hidden in Sanskrit in a scientific manner. Prof. C. Upendra Rao highlighted the importance of Sanskrit poetry and the role of youth in this area. The book release ceremony of "Guru-Shishya-Parampara" written by Prof. C. Upendra Rao was also part of this session.

The next session was dedicated to the Sanskrit poets and poetry. Self-createdpoems with the technique of aesthetic sense, based on contemporary social and environmental issues like-Girl Child, Country Side, Pollution, Political situation, and Corruption etc. were presented by eminent scholars and young students. Teachers, Researchers and Students from Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth etc. participated and were closely involved in this event. With great zeal and allegiance, Sanskrit poems were recited by Dr. Balram Shukla (President awardee), Yuvaraj Bhattacharya, Umesh Joshi, Lalit Pandey, Richa Jha, Brijesh, Mohit Kumar, Vishnu Kant, Green Avasthi, Ankit, Shwetanka, Kamal Jha, Niharika, Uma Arya, Ajeet Kumar, Dr. Kuldeep Kumar, Gajendra, Shipra, Shagun Sinha, Aparna, Mukunda, Swasti Sharma , Manisha, Krishna Kant, Lalit, Deepti, Manisha etc.

At the end of the event, Dr. Santosh Kumar Shukla presented the Vote of thanks to the Chair, speakers and the audience.

C. Upender Rao, Chairperson
Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies

Report of North Zone Inter-University Chess Tournament at Amity University, Noida

JNU men's team comprising 5 players namely Sumesh MN of SIS, Ashoka, K. (Visually impaired), SIS, K. Kabi- S.C. for Sanskrit Studies, Akhilesh Kumar, CESP/SSS-II, Karthik Raja K, CPS/SSS,participated for the first time in the NZ Inter University Chess Tournament held at Amity University, Noida from 28 – 31 October, 2014. The debutant JNU men's team played all 6 rounds and put up a good show, scoring 11.5 points by winning two rounds and drawing one round. JNU team stood at 20th rank amongst 31 teams as per Swiss pairing System.

Vikram Singh, Team Manager
Assistant Director, Physical Education


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