Forty four-year-old Budige Venkat has been tirelessly striving to protect Sanskrit language, which is losing its sheen, since 22 years. He teaches this language to enthusiastic children. Significantly, he has provided coaching to 1.68 lakh students so far, free of cost. He also gives training to children over 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. He is a resident of Adarshnagar in Nirmal town.
Venkat is currently working as a Sanskrit teacher at Telangana Residential School for Girls of Nirmal, on a contract basis. He belongs to Cheryal of Warangal, now a part of Siddipet district. He moved to Nirmal in search of livelihood in 1994. He is the Nirmal branch president of Sanskrit Basha Parirakshana Samithi, a Hyderabad-based voluntary organisation which propagates Sanskrit language.
Through this branch, the teacher is imparting the language to aspirants of Sanskrit, touted to be the sacred language of Hindus and is believed to have been used by Gods. With the help of his coaching, students pursue foundation, intermediate and degree-level courses such as Prathama, Dwitheeya, Thritheeya, Nishnathana, Pareena and Chudamani.
About 357 disciples belonging to Nirmal branch secured State-level ranks. They also bagged 578 district-level ranks. They belonged to various schools and colleges run by private and government managements across the district.
Recently, Jangili Sai Krupa of Kadem mandal topped the State in “Pareena” course with 493 marks out of the total 600 marks. Peddolla Samyuktha from Mudhole mandal and Jadav Mounika belonging to Sarangapur mandal stood in the second and third positions respectively. Meanwhile, Gadla Swetha got State fourth rank in “Dwitheeya”.
“Many children are now expressing an interest to learn Sanskrit because students are shining in examinations by clinching State and district-level ranks. I am happy as pupils of the digital age are coming forward to learn this ancient language,” he told us. This teacher was felicitated by several literary organisations for playing a pivotal role in nurturing Sanskrit.
Venkat earned MPhil from the Osmania University in 1996 after pursuing MA Sanskrit at the same institution. He studied BEd (Sanskrit) Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha of Tirupati in 1994. Apart from teaching Sanskrit, he also pens poetry. His articles were published in vernacular magazines, monthlies and newspapers.