Pune: For a bright future, there is a need to study history and archaeology, stated Vinay Sahasrabudhe, President of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), at the 11th Convocation of Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute (Deemed University) on Friday.
Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Nitin Karmalkar, Chancellor of Deccan College (Deemed University) AP Jamkhedkar, VC of SPPU Nitin Karmalkar and Vinay Sahasrabudhe, President of ICCR, were present during the convocation.
“History, archaeology, linguistics and Sanskrit are all about culture. Also, these subjects are largely accepted and pursued by students,” said Sahasrabudhe. “The civic bodies should build knowledge centres, museums and cultural spaces and introduce archival departments to promote it,” he added.
Karmalkar emphasised upon preserving India’s heritage and keeping the culture alive. He expressed that SPPU is willing to team up with Deccan College and Indian Council for Cultural Relations in designing courses.
“Departments on SPPU campus like anthropology and social sciences have actually originated from Deccan College. Both the institutes have worked closely with each other in past and it is time that we work together to introduce new courses. SPPU, Deccan College and ICCR can play mentor roles is designing and introducing courses, which will help preserve country’s rich heritage,” said Karmalkar.
Degree of doctor of letters was awarded to KN Dikshit, former joint director general of Archaeological Survey of India and former chairman of Indian Archaeological Society, Hans Henrich Hock, professor emeritus of linguistics and Sanskrit, University of Illinois, USA, S Kalyanaraman, Director of Saraswati Research Centre in Chennai and VN Jha, former director of Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit (CASS), SPPU.
Around 121 students of Ancient Indian History Research, Archaeology, Linguistics and Sanskrit were awarded the degrees of MPhil, MA and PhD.