The University of Chicago has established Sanskrit studies as they have received a donation of $3.5 Million from an Indian - American couple. They donated in order to help the varsity advance its study of the Indian subcontinent. The University of Chicago has started a professorship in Sanskrit from the donation by the Indian - American couple Guru and Anupama Ramakrishnan to establish the Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professorship in Sanskrit studies, which supports a faculty member whose research focuses on the ancient classical language.
Regarding this, The Dean of Humanities, Martha T Roth said, "The University of Chicago is known for its excellence in the scholarship of South Asia. Guru and Anupama Ramakrishnan provided huge contribution and this allows us to sustain that tradition and it makes possible to study the culture of South Asia through its own literary, religious and philosophical texts".
The first scholar to hold the new Professorship will be Gary Tubb the faculty director of the University of Chicago Centre in Delhi. The donor couple said their gift is part of the university’s ‘Inquiry and Impact’ programme, which will raise $4.5 billion and engage 125,000 alumni by 2019.
"Sanskrit really stands out among the world's languages — alongside other classical languages — as being a single language that provides access to an extraordinarily broad range of texts and histories," Tubb said. He further said he was attracted to the language because it provided "access to a long and rich history of human thought".
The couple said, "We are delighted and happy to fund this. Sanksirt is one of the oldest languages that have given the world the Vedas, Upanishads and other exceptional works of spirituality, poetry, music and dance".
Sanskrit the oldest literary language of South Asia is the longest continuously taught South Asian language at Chicago University that has been offered since 1892.