Sanskrit scholar Vishnu Potty was conferred the title Samskrita Vidya Prasikshana Praveena by Samskrita Sahitya Parishad here on Sunday.
A citation presented in honour of his service referred to his skill and commitment in teaching the language over the last three decades. His association with the traditional patasala system of learning helped him understand the role of a ‘guru’ (mentor) and he possessed sound knowledge in major philosophies: Nyaya, Vyakarana and Vedanta, the citation said. Dr.Potty was instrumental in producing 15 M. Phil and Ph.D scholars and has been a resource person for refresher courses in Sanskrit.
He has published a number of articles in journals and edited several books in Sanskrit and has been actively involved in many research projects sponsored by the Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development. Dr. Potty has been involved in administrative responsibilities in many educational institutions and is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi University in Kancheepuram.
S.Ravindran, president of the Parishad, conferred the title on Dr.Potty.
Mr.Vishnu Potty said Sanskrit language was rich in values and ethics and children learning the language would grow into a socially-committed citizens.
A.V.Jagannatha Rao, Vedic pandit, and S.Krishnamoorthy, vice president of the parishad, spoke. Balakrishna Sarma, secretary, in his report, said that competitions, including sloka recital, elocution and essay-writing, were held every year.
A.V.Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, who presided over the function, appreciated the services rendered by the parishad. He also distributed prizes to winners in various competitions.
A play was staged by the members of Balyam, a cultural troupe.