The Samskrtaparampara: The Berkeley Sanskrit Studies Fund

The Samskrtaparampara: The Berkeley Sanskrit Studies Fund

Even though most of my experience has been in computer science and research, my most breathtaking experience at Berkeley took place during my second semester when I took a Sanskrit class. Before we got to the literature, we had to learn the basics…eventually, I was able to read authentic texts from thousands of years ago. Being able to read an ancient language – after only two semesters of studying – was a breathtaking moment for me.
~ Sam Kumar B.S. ’17, Berkeley University Medal Runner Up

Berkeley has a long and proud tradition in Sanskrit studies dating back to the 1890s that UC Berkeley alumni Raj and Helen Desai want to preserve for the future so that other students like Sam have the opportunity to study Sanskrit. To do this, they established Samskrtaparmpara: The Berkeley Sanskrit Studies Fund to provide for the growth and continuance of teaching and research in and on the Sanskrit language and literature for the benefit of future generations of students.

Purpose
An endowment, the payout of which will be used in support of the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies in the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley. The Fund will support the study of Sanskrit and may be used for, but not limited to, such things as direct language instruction, indirect language instruction, lectures, research, symposia, and travel.