30 December 2016
A Japanese student bagged five gold medals for her outstanding performance in postgraduate examinations at the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University’s 34th convocation held at Varanasi on Monday. Toshiko Idava was awarded the Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalay gold medal, Ramkuwar Bangar gold medal, Chandrabadan Madhav Singh Parmanas gold medal, Swami Madhavacharya gold medal and Annada Prasad Mukherjee gold medal.
She got the inspiration to learn Sanskrit eight years ago when she was on a visit to Kathmandu, Nepal. She started learning the Nepalese language. When she came to know that Sanskrit was the root of Nepalese, she decided to study Sanskrit. She then enrolled in a certificate course for Sanskrit at the SSU.