Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University
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|Chancellor||Shri Ram Nath Kovind|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr Devnarayan Jha|
|Location||Darbhanga, Bihar, India|
Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University (KSDSU) is a state university located at Darbhanga, Bihar, India, dedicated to the teaching and promotion of Sanskrit. Its jurisdiction covers the whole of Bihar.
KSDSU was established in 1961, with Mahamhopadhyay Dr. Umesh Misra, the eminent scholar, as the first Vice Chancellor. The then Education minister of unified Bihar satyendra narayan singh announced starting of the university. Maharaja Kameshwar Singh donated his ancestral Anand Bagh Palace to the government of Bihar as a university for the promotion of Sanskrit language. Currently, this palace is the head office of Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University.
It has held one awareness campaign. Eminent Sanskrit scholar and poet Professor Ram Karan Sharma was the vice chancellor of Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Darbhanga, from 1974 to 1980.
Among the collections of the university are manuscripts on epics, philosophy, vyakarana, dharmashastra, agama, tantra etc. The university has an exceptional collection of nearly 5562 rare manuscripts including six illustrated manuscripts of the Ramayana, Gitagovinda, Srimadbhagavata and Durga Saptasati etc. The few manuscripts of Vidyapati, Mahesh Thakur composed in their own scripts are among the proud possessions. Darbhanga Sanskrit University started functioning as a Manuscript Resource Centre in September 2003. Known across Bihar for the rich manuscripts in Sanskrit, this MRC has documented its own collections, as well as surveyed Bihar and Jharkhand areas. It has so far documented 2000 manuscripts, covering 49 institutions and 206 private collections in 13 districts. Paper manuscripts and palm manuscripts are preserved in the university.
Its postgraduate department deals with Veda, Vyakarna, Dharma Shastra, Darshana, Jyotish, Sahitya and Ayurveda.
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