Tirupati: The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSVP), Tirupati, has been upgraded to National Sanskrit University and the Union government issued a gazette notification regarding the same on 25 March.

Last year, the Central government had decided to upgrade three deemed-to-be Sanskrit universities in the country to Central varsities. A Bill in this connection was passed in the Parliament in December. It was also cleared by the Rajya Sabha on 16 March this year and the President gave his assent on 25 March giving the three universities the status of Central university under the Central Sanskrit Universities Act 2020. The Union government published the same in the Gazette of India on 25 March.

Consequently, the RSVP has become a National Sanskrit University, while the other two, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi, have become Central Sanskrit Universities with the decision of the Centre.

The RSVP was established in 1961 as an autonomous institution, Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, with the then Vice-President of India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, laying the foundation stone. Later, the institute was declared a deemed university and was inaugurated by the then President of India R. Venkatraman in 1987.

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