The 2nd International Conference on Sanskrit Studies (ICSS) -2017 themed “Introspection, innovation and exposition on Sanskrit Studies” was successfully held on the 9th of November 2017 at the Department of Sanskrit Studies of the University of Kelaniya. The conference aims to publish the research on Sanskrit studies and it was commenced under the patronage of Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya.
Prof. (Ms.) Shakunthala Gawde of the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai, India was the keynote speaker of the conference. Addressing the gathering, she stated that Sanskrit language studies enriches and expands its horizons in the present world. Today, Sanskrit language is used even in websites. Sanskrit is considered the most suitable language for computer software and the scientists in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have planned to use Sanskrit to program its Artificial Intelligence systems. Sanskrit is one of the main and oldest languages which belongs to the Indo – European family of languages. Consequently, Pali, Tamil and Hindu languages have a direct impact on Sanskrit. In such background, Research conferences about Sanskrit Studies are more important for the enrichment of the Sanskrit language, she added.
A large number of local and international researchers (62) presented their research papers at the Conference under 12 tracks; Sanskrit Literature, Sanskrit Grammar, Buddhist Sanskrit Studies, Hinduism and Philosophy, Vastu and Astrology, Yoga and Life Style, Mahayana Buddhism, Sri Lankan Sanskrit, Computational Sanskrit, Linguistics on Sanskrit, Literary Criticism and Modern Trends on Sanskrit.
The conference was graced by Ms. Rajashree Behera, the Director of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) – Colombo, Prof. Patrick Rathnayake, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Ven. Dr. Dodamkumbure Dhammadassi Thero, the Director of the Interfaculty Centre for Coordinating the Modular System (ICCMS), Ven. Dr. Kapugollawe Anandakiththi Thero, Chief Student Counsellor, Ven. Walapane Gnanasena Thero, the Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Ven. Prof. Induragare Dhammaratana Thero, Ven. Prof. Nawagamuwe Rewatha Thero, many invitees, scholars and undergraduates.