Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU)
was established on 18 September 1997. It is named to pay rich tribute to Legendary Sanskrit Mahakavi Kalidas. KKSU is an institution dedicated to the advanced learning of Sanskrit. It is located at Ramtek which falls under Nagpur District, the second capital of Maharashtra. KKSU is the First Sanskrit University of Maharashtra.
KKSU – A History of Establishment
The former Prime Minister of India, P.V. Narasimha Rao, who is a great Scholar of Sanskrit, was keen on setting up an independent Sanskrit University in Maharashtra, as there is a rich tradition of Sanskrit learning here. With encouragement from Mr. Rao, the late Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Sudhakarraoji Naik took up the issue and appointed Dr. Shrikant Jichkar as one member committee to give a study report for establishing the Sanskrit University in Maharashtra. Dr. Jichkar prepared the study report and a non-formal University act for the establishment of Sanskrit University in Maharashtra. The Government of Maharashtra took up the issue and appointed a committee comprising of Sanskrit scholars and other educationists. On the basis of the report of the committee the State Government established the University on 18 September 1997 at Ramtek and named it after the National poet of India, Kalidasa, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, that time Hon'ble Shri Manoharrao Joshi was the Chief Minister.
Peeping into the past we find references that poet Kalidas was considered as "Kavikulaguru". It is believed that he wrote his poems while in the town of Ramtek — the reason for establishing the university at this place. One of the Outstanding Scholar of Sanskrit and Eminent personality of Vidarbha region Dr. Pankaj Chande was the Founder Vice-Chancellor of KKSU.
A blend of Traditional and Modern
The University provides course work 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 a modern approach to the Sanskrit language. It caters to traditional learning in Sanskrit like Veda, Vedanta, Vyakarana, Nyaya, Mimamsa, Dharmashastra and Sahitya etc. In addition to preserving traditional Sanskrit, it emphasizes on the study of science and technology in ancient India, which is exclusively described in old Sanskrit texts. Every course has Sanskrit as compulsory subject, which is taught in combination with the most modern subjects like Travel Tourism, Hospitality Studies, Journalism, Yoga, Foreign Languages etc. To facilitate double gain for the students, the university has converted I.A.S. M.P.S.C. curriculum into Civil Services Degree Course having Sanskrit as an important subject.
Recognitions and Accreditations
The UGC recognized University with 12B & 2f status and accredited by NAAC with B++. It gives recognition to the educational institution for specialized studies in the jurisdiction of Maharashtra & Goa. It is a prominent research centre for researchers.
KKSU offers various facilities like Library, Computer labs, Auditorium, Green Jym, Cafeteria as students across country and outside prefer studying in this top class university. The library is located in the Ramtek Campus. It has a huge collection of journals, books, rare books, manuscripts and theses. The library also has Internet Facility. Separate Hostel facility is available for Girl & Boys.
The University has multi-campuses with its main campus located at Ramtek which is 50 km away from Nagpur city. The other campus is located at Waranga. All the administrative and academic departments are working from Ramtek Campus. In Waranga Campus. Now the construction work has started in Waranga Campus. In Waranga, University is going to set up an International Study Centre.