The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, a deemed university that promotes Sanskrit, is likely to be upgraded into an "institution of national importance" like the Indian Institutes of Technology and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, government sources said.
This will allow the Delhi-headquartered Sansthan greater freedom to decide academic matters and expand by opening new campuses and research centres and affiliating more schools and colleges. It already has 11 campuses - 10 outside Delhi - where it teaches Sanskrit courses from undergraduate to DLitt level and researches the Sanskrit language, literature and scriptures. It also runs over 100 Sanskrit-medium pathsalas, mostly in north India, whose pupils take the Sansthan's own school-leaving exam and largely end up as Sanskrit teachers or researchers. .