JNU, MIEF to jointly work for revival of Sharda script

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 20: Millennium India Education Foundation (MIEF) & Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies JNU jointly announced dates for second two-day workshop on Sharda script learning. The workshop second in the series of educational workshops to create resource persons in Sharda script will be held in conference hall Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies JNU, New Delhi on February 18 and19 this year. The workshop will be conducted by renowned Kashmiri linguistic and Sharda scholar Prof T N Ganjoo.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Uday Kakroo Director Millennium India Education New Delhi said that this workshop will be refresher course workshop for those scholars who had taken part in the first such workshop held earlier from  November 8 to 10 last year. Concurrently another workshop for new scholars willing to learn Sharda script will be held. This workshop will be conducted by Dr Kirti Kant Sharma expert in Sharda.
He said MIEF has entered into a long Agreement of Cooperation (AoC) with Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies JNU to undertake activities that would help revival of Sharda script which has become almost extinct through such capacity building workshops.
Under this AoC, capacity building workshops will be held on regular basis in Delhi, Jammu and Udhampur so that good number of resource persons and developed who would in turn be needed to study manuscripts written in Sharda script to translate them so that all manuscripts available in different libraries or with individuals are e-digitized in due course of time. Besides certificate based learning centers would be opened initially in Delhi, Jammu and Udhampur and courses would be open to all people of any age group who are willing to learn this script and help preserve cultural traditions of Kashmiris and take it to outside world.
Ramesh Manwati a student of the earlier workshop said this step will go a long way in revival of Sharda script which got setback due to past upheavals in Kashmir valley as well as 24  year long turmoil.