In Varanasi, Vedic studies go hi-tech

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Keeping pace with the introduction of computers at every level of education, Vedic studies have just gone hi-tech. Varanasi, the seat of Hindu learning in India is now producing GenNext pundits well versed in computers.

Visit conservative bastions like the Shri Vidya Mutt and other ashrams in Varanasi and you will see purohits and Vedic scholars, mouse in hand, learning the scriptures on their computers. According to Ganesh, a student of Praveshika (introductory) course in Vedic learning, students key in the words their teacher utters. His Sanskrit teacher Ayyar says computers are facilitating Vedic learning. Though his batuks are more interested in computers than any other subject, he says they are making steady progress in all streams. According to Swami Avimukteshwaranand of Shri Vidya Mutt, while Vedic knowledge is relevant in all ages, we felt the traditional method of imparting it was out of sync with the modern world. Students were developing an inferiority complex and Vedic learning was on the wane.

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