Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand was conferred the first ‘World Sanskrit Award’ for her contribution towards promotion of the language.
The award was presented by Vice President Hamid Ansari.
The award, instituted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is presented to eminent Sanskrit scholars to recognise their outstanding contribution to the study/teaching/research in Sanskrit language and literature.
The 60-year-old Thai Princess is an eminent Sanskrit scholar and had played a prominent role as Royal Patron for the World Sanskrit Conference held earlier in Bangkok.
Sirindhorn is an educator and scholar of Sanskrit and Pali.