Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University
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|Chancellor||Governor of Maharashtra|
|Location||Ramtek, Maharashtra, India|
Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU) is an institution dedicated to the advanced learning of Sanskrit, which is considered one of the oldest languages on earth. It is in Ramtek in the state of Maharashtra in India. The university provides coursework 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. 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.
Maharashtra state was lacking an independent Sanskrit university before 1997. After the efforts of experts, KKSU was established on 18 September 1997 and named after Kalidas, a legendary poet and Sanskrit pundit whose poems and dramas are praised all over the world. He is referred as "Shakespeare of India". It is believed that he wrote his poems while in the town of Ramtek — the reason for establishing the university at this place.
Shrikant Jichkar was the first vice-chancellor of KKSU. Pankaj Chande was the vice-chancellor till 2012. From January 2013, Uma C. Vaidya was the vice-chancellor of KKSU till Sept.2017. Since December 2017 Shrinivasa Varkhedi is the vice-chancellor of KKSU.