Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University
Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU) is the institution dedicated to advanced learning of Sanskrit, which is considered as one of the oldest languages on earth. It is situated at Ramtek in Maharashtra state of India. The University provides coursework in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), and a Ph.D. degree. KKSU is unique in nature in that it has innovative academic program and syllabus which focuses on modern approach to the Sanskrit language. In addition to preserving the traditional Sanskrit, it emphasizes on the study of science and technology in ancient India, which is exclusively described in old Sanskrit texts.
Maharashtra state was lacking an independent Sanskrit University before 1997. After the tireless efforts of experts, KKSU was established on September 18, 1997, and named after Kalidas, a legendary poet and Sanskrit pundit whose exceptional poems and dramas are praised all over the world. He is referred as "Shakespeare of India". It is believed that he wrote his poems while in the town of Ramtek - the reason for establishing the University at this place. Dr.Shrikant Jichkar who was the most educated person in India was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Dr. Pankaj Chande was the Vice-chancellor of this university till 2012. Since January 2013, Dr. Uma C. Vaidya is the Vice-chancellor of KKSU.