Frequently Asked Questions about vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā

General FAQs

What is vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā?

Vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā is a one stop solution for all your Sanskrit learning needs. This virtual pāṭhaśālā is a web based collaborative platform for both teachers and students to teach and learn Sanskrit from the comfort of their homes. It can be accessed at www.samskritfromhome.in

Why should I consider vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā for learning sanskrit?

You should consider vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā for learning sanskrit as it provides the following advantages-

-A one-stop solution for all sanskrit learning needs through the net.
-Customized learning for all ages and levels
-Exam-oriented coaching for school sanskrit syllabi
-Ease of learning and teaching, at a time and place of your choice
-Ability to set your own pace for any course
-A choice of experts from around the globe to learn from
-Facility to constantly measure and improve your performance
-Add your own content and constantly improve the system

When is vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā available for access?

For self learning, vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā is available 24/7. For teacher assisted courses, it is based on the schedule of course.

Where is vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā situated/located?

Vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā is a web based platform developed by Vyoma Linguistic Labs Foundation for learning sanskrit. It sits on a cloud server that is highly reliable.

Which courses can I access through vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā?

Please browse through our course list. You can also browse courses by subject, level, type or teacher using the options in our menu.[/accordion ]

What do I need to access course materials in vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā?

A computer with internet connection and the below mentioned system requirements –
-PC Processor: 1.3 GHz or higher
-System Memory (RAM): 256MB or higher
-Windows Operating System: Windows 2000 or higher
-Internet access: dial-up 56k or higher (broadband recommended – DSL/Cable/LAN)
-Sound: 16-bit sound card or higher
-Browser: Works best with browsers like Google chrome and firefox.
-Plugin: Adobe flash player needs to be installed for viewing animations.
-Speakers/headphones

Do I need to pay for a course?

Most of the courses are Free courses. However, there are some courses for which you would have to pay. Information regarding this will be available in the home-page of each course.

How do I pay for a course?

All paid courses have a link to buy the course.

Do I need to pay full amount for the course?

Yes. Full amount needs to be paid before you can access the course-materials.

Is there a cash back policy on a course?

No cashback or refund will be available for any of the courses.

I cannot view Devanagari content. I can see junk characters.

If you are unable to read some Unicode characters in your browser, it may be because your system is not properly configured. Here are some basic instructions for doing that. There are two basic steps –
Install fonts that cover the characters you need
1. Windows
1.1 For Windows XP, getting additional languages installed is as follows:
Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options and Language Options.
In the Languages tab, check the Supplemental language support option(s) you want. Setting both options will install all optional fonts. This adds fonts as well as system support for these languages.
1.2 For Windows 2000, getting additional languages installed is as follows:
Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options.
In the General tab, set all the languages you may want to display, the more you set, the more you will be able to process multilingual data through all your applications, including your browser. This adds fonts as well as system support for these languages.
1.3 Full fonts:
If you have Microsoft Office 2000 and newer versions, you can get the Arial Unicode MS font, which is the most complete. To get it, insert the Office CD, and do a custom install. Choose Add or Remove Features. Click the (+) next to Office Tools, then International Support, then the Universal Font icon, and choose the installation option you want.
1.4 To set your tooltip font to be able to display Unicode characters:
Right click on the desktop, pick Properties>Appearance>Advanced>Item: ToolTip, then set the font to Arial Unicode MS or other large font.

2. Macintosh
On Mac OS X, the Safari Web browser includes Unicode support and OmniWeb directly supports Unicode drawing. OmniWeb, however, does not currently provide support for all of Unicode. It can, however, take advantage of Unicode fonts for Windows if properly installed.
There are currently no Web browsers which provide direct Unicode drawing on the Mac OS 9.x or earlier. All the browsers use Apple Language Kits and WorldScript to varying degrees to support Unicode and international text.
Language Kits are installed using your Mac OS 9.x installation CD. Launch the Mac OS Install application. Proceed through the initial screens, selecting the appropriate boot disk. When you reach the “Install Software” screen, click on the “Customize” button. This opens up the Custom Installation and Removal dialog box.
Scroll down to “Language Kits.” Click on the check box, and then select “Customized Installation” from the installation popup to the right. (It will say “None selected” at first.)
This brings up a dialog box with a list of all the available language kits. Select the ones you want, or use the menu at the top of the dialog box to select all of them. Proceed with the installation.
If you already have Mac OS 9.0 installed, you will be asked if you want to add or remove software after you select the installation disk. Click on the “Add/Remove” button. This will bring you to the Custom Installation and Removal dialog box.
The installation procedure is the same for Mac OS 8.6, except that you will be installing “Multilingual Internet Access” instead of Language Kits. For Mac OS 8.5.5 and earlier, it will be necessary to purchase the individual language kits.

Configure your browser to use them.
You should make sure that you are using the most recent version of whatever browser you use, and have installed the fonts you want. The following then describes how to configure browsers for different fonts.

1.1 Internet Explorer
IE is fairly smart about picking tuned fonts for different characters. To set your font as the default for a given block of characters, choose Tools > Internet Options > Fonts, then select the fonts.

1.2 Firefox/Netscape Navigator
You will need to tell NN which fonts to use for which encodings. To set your font as the default for a given block of characters, choose Edit > Preferences > Fonts. Then for each encoding you are likely to use, pick the appropriate fonts for the Variable Width and Fixed Width fonts. It is particularly important to set default fonts for Unicode. These fonts will be used when NN encounters documents encoded in a Unicode variant.

I am unable to login.

Please check your user name and password. If you still have problems, please drop a mail to sanskritfromhome@vyomalabs.in.

I am unable to view animations or videos.

You might be missing plugins. Install latest Flash player and try. If you still have technical problems, mail us at sanskritfromhome@vyomalabs.in with details. We will resolve it soon.

FAQs for Students

What will be the validity of the course?

At present, all our courses are available with unlimited validity. Whether it is a free course or a course that you have paid for, you can access it whenever you wish.

Please note that in some cases, a course which was initially free may be converted into a paid course later. In such a case, you will have to pay the course fees to continue accessing the course materials.

How do I access notes and recordings of a course?

1. Log in to vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā.
2. In the ‘My Profile’ page, you will see a list of courses which you are enrolled for.
3. Click on any course to visit the course page.
4. Scroll down. Below the course description, lessons for the course are listed. Click on any lesson to enter and access the associated materials.
5. If you want to enroll in a new course, find the course that you want to take, either through the Home page or through the Menu.
6. Click on the course that you wish to enroll for.
7. Below the course description, you will find a red button which says ‘Take this Course’. Click on the button.
8. The course will be added to your profile, and you can access materials as above.

I cannot access notes and recordings. I am only able to see Information for the course.

This happens when you click on a Course title from the ‘My courses’ page. Please go back to ‘My courses’, and click on any of the lesson names under the course to access materials related to that lesson.

Can I download the course after registering?

Yes. Links to download the different materials are given under each lesson. For the videos, you can either watch them from our course page or view them in youtube.

Can I print the content of the course for which I have registered?

Yes, please make sure it is for your learning purpose only.

Is the content present in vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā copyrighted?

Yes. All the content in all courses is the intellectual property of Vyoma Linguistic Labs Foundation. All materials shared in our website are purely for the purpose of personal study. Replication/reuse in any form without written permission from the organisation is prohibited.

In cases where we are hosting materials produced by a different organisation, copyrights will reside with them. The organisation/individual will be clearly acknowledged in the course description.

Will I be given any printed materials or CD for learning?

No physical materials of any kind will be provided for the courses. We only offer download of the soft-copies for personal study.

Apart from the list of courses offered in vyoma-saṃskṛta-pāṭhaśālā, I want to study a specific course.

Please raise a request here. We will cater to it based on the demands received and availability of the teacher.

Will there be certificate given at the completion of the course?

Some of the courses will qualify for a certificate, provided the student completes all the requirements as listed in the course page. The certificate will be provided by Vyoma Linguistic Labs Foundation. List of certificate courses offered can be viewed here.

How many courses can I take at a time?

You may take as many courses as you wish.

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Contact Details

Vyoma Linguistic Labs Foundation

#155, 4th Cross, GKW Layout,

Vijayanagar,

Bangalore – 560040.

Ph: 09480865623

Email: sanskritfromhome@vyomalabs.in