Addressing the 'World Sanskrit Award' event, the Indian Vice President, Hamid Ansari said “Sanskrit is important, and the corpus of scientific, philosophical, sacral, and poetic texts produced in this language is surely one of the richest, probably the richest, contributions to global textual culture ever”.Over 600 Sanskrit scholars from 60 countries participated in the five-day conference last year which was inaugurated by external affairs minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj. The award, instituted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is presented to eminent Sanskrit scholars to recognize their outstanding academic contributions including teaching and research in Sanskrit language and literature. Ms. Sirindhorn is a renowned educator and scholar of Sanskrit and Pali. She has been an ealrier recipient of Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award from the Union Government in 2004; and Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1991. She was also the Royal Patron of the 16th World Sanskrit Conference which was held in Bangkok in 2015.
The 60-year-old, Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was recently bestowed with the first 'World Sanskrit Award' for her exemplary contribution towards promotion of the Sanskrit language. The award was presented by the Indian Vice President (VP) Hamid Ansari at a function held in New Delhi.