NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 29, 2013 (Deccan Herald): As the academic session under Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) has already commenced in Delhi University, students of Sanskrit Department are all set to study some unconventional subjects in the coming years. Surprisingly, they will get lessons in fashion, make-up, Indian polity, aesthetics and self-management through Bhagavad Gita.
"The main purpose behind introducing all these courses is to promote Sanskrit as a discipline more than as a language," says Dr. Satyamurti, assistant professor, Department of Sanskrit. "When I say fashion, it doesn't mean students will study about the latest fashion or we will ask them to design an outfit. Instead, they will be taught about the fashion and textiles used in ancient era. Similarly, they will read about make-up applied at the time of abhinaya or theatrical performances," says he.
What is more interesting, those who have opted for Sanskrit to appear for civil services, will get a chance to study about Indian political science that includes Kautilya shastra as well as basics of a debate as mentioned in ancient texts. "All these subjects will help students in developing a logical and rational frame of mind while entering any kind of debate. For this we have tried to establish a connect between the logics mentioned in the ancient text with the present situation," says Satyamurti.