In 1963 an initiative was undertaken to preserve and promote one of India's heritage and most treasured languages, Sanskrit, with the establishment of the Department of Sanskrit at the Mumbai University. The department was spearheaded by eminent Indologist and Sanskrit scholar Prof. H. D. Velankar. It is singularly committed to its motto - Sanskrit for All.
The Department focuses on teaching and research pertaining to the Sanskrit language and literature. Its well-experienced teaching faculty undertakes research activities; as well as popularizes Sanskrit amongst people at large through programs like Simple Sanskrit Speaking Classes sponsored by the University Grants Commission.
The Department of Sanskrit, with the contribution from Bajaj Group Trust has successfully completed its ambitious project of establishing the Sanskrit Bhavan. With this, the Sanskrit department now has its own building which is named after Shri Ramakrishna Bajaj. The Sanskrit Bhavan stands true to the philosophy of the department and is well-equipped with facilities to further boost the efforts in teaching and research.