Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation Mr. Pankaj Saran visited St. Petersburg State University to discuss directions of cooperation between the first University of Russia and Indian universities as well as state and public organizations.
Greeting foreign delegation, the SPbU Rector Nikolay Kropachev noted that it was St. Petersburg State University where one of the centers of the study of Indian languages and literature was established in the first half of the nineteenth century. In general, today at the University more than 140 languages are taught. Rector introduced the guests to the program of development of St. Petersburg University and spoke about the policy of engagement with future employers - today they determine the scope of skills that graduates should have - as well as on cooperation with foreign universities, state and public organizations.
“For example, such work with chinese colleagues is effective as we have opened an educational program «Laws (with Advanced Study of Chinese Language and the Law of PRC». Next year we will open such programs in the fields of economy, philosophy, history,” said Nikolay Mikhailovich. There are also other forms of cooperation. For example, the opening of the Russian study centers in other countries, the holding of conferences for students from different countries on the basis of St. Petersburg State University (for example, St. Petersburg State University for the first time hosted a conference of Iranian students).
“You cope with revolutionary tasks in the field of education. I am ready to support you,” said Mr. Pankaj Saran, adding that in the near future specific steps for the implementation of cooperation will be determined.
Note: Teaching of Indian languages and literature at the St. Petersburg University began in 1836, when Robert Lenz was invited to read lectures on Sanskrit and comparative linguistics. He became the first professor of Sanskrit in Russia. A few decades later Department of Indian Philology was opened at the University. Because of the absence of textbooks to study Sanskrit Professor Kayetano A. Kossovich carried out the publication of some monuments of Sanskrit literature, such as "Legend of a hunter and a pair of doves" (1857) and "Savitri" (1861).