The Sanskrit Department has been preserving its rich heritage at St. Xavier’s College since 1955. As a classical language, it is a unique experience to study this divine language, the mother language of Indian regional languages, and sister language of Greek, Latin and English languages. The reading and understanding of classical scriptures written in Sanskrit gives an insight into the rich heritage of India, learnings and governance policies, knowledge dissemination methods, effective communicative skills.
The early manuscripts like the Vedas give an explicit information of varied subjects that include arts, agriculture, medicine, economics, engineering, performing arts etc. There are many practices that are still based on these age old wisdom and hence, Sanskrit as a subject is valued in several nations other than India, with many international students coming in to study Sanskrit. Ingrained in the course work is research, active participation in elocutions and verse completion competitions at the intercollege level.