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Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park students soar high in the 7th National-level Sanskrit Olympiad

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“Sanskrit is prominent, sweet and divine amongst languages. Therefore, its literature is also mellifluous; and in that too, Subhashita is utmost mellifluous.” This is a saying from the Subhashita Ratna Bhandagara compiled by Shri Kashinath Sharma.

As we all know Sanskrit is rightly called the mother of all languages. It dates back to the Vedic age. Many contemporary Indian languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and even some foreign languages stem from Sanskrit. It’s the root of ancient Indian civilisation that mirrors the prowess and progress of ancient Indian literary thought.And it’s only befitting that students learn Sanskrit and understand the richness of the language. 

With an aim to acquaint students with the beauty of this language and promote Sanskrit at the grassroot level, the 7th National-level Sanskrit Olympiad was held recently. 

A total of 38 students from Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park participated in the prestigious competition. Despite the tough competition level, several students of the school passed it with flying colours. 

Aviral Shukla, class 8 student of Apeejay Panchsheel Park secured the 2nd position in this Olympiad competition. Speaking about his experience he said, “I got to know about a lot of new concepts. I learned many new shlokas and quotes from various Upanishads and Puranas. It was very exciting and I enjoyed learning new things.” He further added, “I would like to thank Vimal sir, our Sanskrit teacher at the school, who readily cleared all my doubts and questions every time.”

Class 7 student, Abhas Sahu, who won the 1st position at the State-level of the Olympiad and also secured International rank 4 shared his success mantra. He mentioned, “It was an amazing experience. There were 60 questions in the Olympiad and I was so well prepared that all the questions were easy for me. I studied an hour daily. I learned many new Vibhaktis in Sanskrit grammar. I learned new shlokas as well. The shloka: “नरस्याभरणं   रूपं रूपस्याभरणं गुण:।

गुणस्याभरणं ज्ञानं।  ज्ञानस्याभरणं क्षमा॥ stays with me. It means that the wealth of a man is his beauty. The wealth of his beauty is his skill. The wealth of his skill is his wisdom. And the wealth of his wisdom is in acceptance. A man is said to be noble and wise when he owns all these virtues.”

Another class 7 student, Ridhima Jha, bagged the 2nd position at the State-level. Speaking about her achievement she said, “I studied for two hours daily.  I learned many new Shabd Rups and came to know of the slogans of many companies which are written in Sanskrit. I learned the terms for relatives in Sanskrit as well. It was my favourite part of preparation.”

Class 8 student Nikhil Kumar and class 7 student Rishika Jha also won the appreciation medal in the Olympiad.

The performance of these students have been remarkable and Principal, Mr. Sandeep Singh Kathuria, and Vice Principal, Ms. Shalini Agarwal congratulated the prize winners for their noteworthy achievement and encouraged them to continue to bring such accolades in the future. 

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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