World Sanskrit Award

Some news just in. Our leading Sanskrit scholar Rutger Kortenhorst has just received a prestigious World Sanskrit Award, which is international recognition for his outstanding contribution to the teaching of Sanskrit in the School of Philosophy and also John Scottus School where he has been a teacher for many years. Ethna Dorman who submitted the application for adjudication to the Indian Council for Cultural Relations writes the following note of congratulations to Rutger.

World Sanskrit Award, 2020

I am honoured to be asked to share the brilliant news with you that we received last Friday, 5th February, 2021. The Indian Ambassador, His Excellency Sandeep Kumar on behalf on the Government of India, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Embassy informed us that the prestigious World Sanskrit Award 2020 has been conferred on Rutger Kortenhorst of John Scottus School.

Rutger’s humility would not allow the then First Secretary at the Indian Embassy, Mrs. Anika Shukla, to nominate him in 2015 but a small group of his supporters: Marion & John Flaherty, Dr. Declan Kelly, Conall Clancy, Michael Delaney, his brother Robert and I found a way to secretly nominate him for this very well-deserved honour.

The award was based on his commitment and dedication to the teaching of Sanskrit to children and adults over the past twenty years and in particular to his teaching and promotion of Sanskrit at John Scottus School. The Award comprises of a Citation, a Gold Plated Medallion and a large bursary. It will be given in an Award ceremony organised in Delhi, date to be confirmed.

Rutger: you are such a great example to us all.

Huge Congratulations. We are all blessed to have you.

Ethna Dorman


John Scottus Educational Trust