Sanchi Buddhist varsity gets Cabinet approval

Daily Pioneer, 11 September 2012

Madhya Pradesh, India -- The State Cabinet on Monday endorsed three ordinances, including the one on Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University. The Cabinet also endorsed amended ordinance regarding Techno-Global Private University in Vidisha district and Underground Pipeline, Cable and Duct (Acquisition of Powers for Land Use) Ordinance 2012.

The ordinance on Sanchi university includes six major provisions, including teaching of Dharma/ Dhamma in the context of varied knowledge traditions and contemporary context without negating the views and practices prevailing in other countries.

The ordinance provides for maximum interaction among Asian countries with forceful historic similarities in religion, philosophy and folk culture. There are also provisions for understanding mutual viewpoints on Asian cultures and civilizations and promoting world peace and harmony by understanding each otherís roles.

The ordinance also provides for ensuring participation of scholars and willing persons of Asia and the world for fulfilling the universityís objectives, contribution to reforms in Indian and Asian countriesí educational systems, making efforts for evolving a new viewpoint on alternative educational system, imparting teaching and training in various Asian arts, sculpture and skills.

Buddhist University will have five major departments on Buddhist philosophy, Sanatan Dharm and Indian Science Studies, international Buddhism studies, comparison of religions and department of linguistics, literature and arts.

Notably, the State government is scheduled to convene International Dharma-Dhamma Sammelan to at Bhopal on September 22 and 23. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and scholars and philosophers from about 22 countries, including Britain, Netherlands, Vietnam, China, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, etc will participate in the religious congregation.

This function is being organised jointly by Madhya Pradesh Culture department, Centre for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS), New Delhi and Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka.