Sanskrit is the heart and soul of traditional Indian civilization and culture, and Berkeley has a long and proud tradition in Sanskrit studies dating back to the 1890s. UC Berkeley alumni Raj and Helen Desai (image on right) want to preserve that tradition so that other students like Sam can have the opportunity to study Sanskrit. To do this, they have established Samskrtaparmpara: The Berkeley Sanskrit Studies Fund in order 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.
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.