7TH WAVES CONFERENCE
Dr. Dhirushah, Director and Treasurer of World Association for Vedic Studies wrote a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati on 9th January, 2008 inviting him to participate in the International WAVES Conference to be held at the Central University of Florida, Orlando, USA from 27th to 29th June, 2008.
The matter was placed before the Executive Council, which met on 25.03.2008 resolved vide resolution No.2.9 and requested the VC to attend the Conference. Dr. B.V.K. Sastry and other organizers of the Conference were in constant touch with the VC.
The VC arrived at Orlando on 27th morning, on the day of the commencement of the International Conference. After formal registration, inaugural session took place. In the inaugural function, Dr. Surendranath Trivedi, Dr. Rajiv Malhotra, Dr.John Bersia, Dr. Francis Clooney, Dr. Subrahmanyam Swami and others were on the dais. Prof.T.S. Rukmini of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada was the master. In the process of conducting the inaugural function, she delivered certain passing remarks stating that there is no output of Vedic Scholars, who can explain the Vedic passages they utter and Purohits, who can explain the significance of the deeds conducted by them while performing the Vedic rites. On hearing this, the VC sharply reacted and sent a note to her stating that Sri Venkateswara Vedic University established by the legislation under the Sponsororship of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is offering courses on different Vedic and allied subjects where study of Sanskrit, English and Computer Application is compulsory along with the Vedas, Agamas and different kinds of Paurohitya. The pass-outs of the University shall be capable of interpreting the Vedic passages and explaining the significance of various Vedic rituals. Prof. Rukmini while acknowledging read out the note sent by the VC. When she finished the dignitaries and the dais wanted to see the VC and listen from him. The VC in the audience, stood up and explained the aims and objectives of the Vedic University while also underlining the principle of designing the courses so as to make the pass outs more efficient and more useful to the society. He also briefed that the University which is the first of its kind on the Globe and which is under the Sponsororship of TTD is going to introduce some more relevant subjects like Vedic Mathematics. There was alround applause when the VC finished unscheduled and short speech.
The next day on the 28th, the VC spoke in the plenary session – 4. The 40 minute long speech involved two different phases, viz., protecting the Vedic tradition for the next 5,000 years and Vedic Unicode. The second one is the most technical one involving the accentuation of the peculiar sounds in Vedas especially in Samaveda, which has got 21 different accents, with the help of software technology. The gist of the first phase is as follows:-
The speech of the Vice-Chancellor was followed by a prolonged session of questions from various corners mostly on the first phase. For example, many enthusiasts wanted to know what were the measures taken by the ancient Indians to preserve the Vedic oral transmission system. The VC replied them that the teachers used to test the boy from different angles before accepting him as the student. The VC also quoted the passages from Nirukta and other scriptures with regard to the selection of students in Vedic education. There were no questions on the second phase of the speech of the VC which was most technical involving the issues of the Pratisakhya and software technology.
On the concluding day, in the valedictory session, the title “Veda Vidya Nidhi” was conferred upon the Vice-Chancellor, by the WAVES Conference.The Vice-Chancellor returned back to India on the early hours of 3rd July, 2008.