Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University
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|Chancellor||Governor of Bihar|
|Vice-Chancellor||Sarva Narayan Jha|
KSDSU was established in 1961, with the scholar Umesh Mishra as its first Vice Chancellor. The then Education minister of unified Bihar, Satyendra Narayan Sinha, announced the instigation of the university. Kameshwar Singh donated his ancestral Anand Bagh Palace to the government of Bihar as a university for the promotion of Sanskrit. Currently, this palace is the head office of the university.
Among the collections of the university are manuscripts on epics, philosophy, vyakarana, dharmashastra, agama, tantra etc. The exceptional collection of nearly 5562 rare manuscripts including six illustrated manuscripts of the Ramayana, Gitagovinda, Srimadbhagavata, Durga Saptasati, etc. The few manuscripts of Vidyapati, Mahesh Thakur composed in their own scripts are among the collection.
The university started functioning as a Manuscript Resource Centre in September 2003. This MRC has documented its own collections, as well as surveyed the areas of Bihar and Jharkhand. 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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