Sanchi's Buddhist varsity to get international identity

TNN Nov 24, 2012

BHOPAL, India -- Culture minister Laxmikant Sharma has said that efforts will be made to given an international-level identity to Buddhist and Indic Studies University to be established at Sanchi.

He said that Sanchi is a special place for Buddhists living all over the world. Madhya Pradesh government will extend every possible cooperation to scholars who will undertake research on Buddhism and other religions.

Sharma was addressing inaugural function of three-day Mahabodhi Mahotsav at Sanchi in Raisen district on Friday. Minister of state for farmer wealfare Brijendra Pratap Singh was also present on the occasion.

Sharma said that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's initiative to establish Buddhist and Indic Studies University at Sanchi displays his commitment to peace during a period when religious and other discords are emerging in the world.

Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka's chairman Chetyagiri threw light on the event. Chetyagiri said that much cooperation has been extended by leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, state chief minister and state culture minister in organizing the Mahotsav.

Followers of Buddhism from India and 11 countries are participating in the three-day Mahabodhi Mahotsav, which is held in November every year. Artistes from the country and abroad will also present cultural programmes during the three-day event.