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Sanskrit Literature is to be viewed as records of cultural history of India of over five thousand years. It encompasses within it a number of disciplines such as, Grammar, Linguistics, Philosophy, Logic, Aesthetics, Arts, Discourse Analysis and so on, related to various aspects of human life and accumulated through a long span of time. It is necessary that our students come to be acquainted with the contributions of our heritage in various domains of knowledge so that they get further opportunity to derive insights into respective disciplines.

To achieve this goal, therefore, all the courses for M.A.and M.Phil./Ph.D have been prepared with inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.

This course is based on the UGC report of CDC in Sanskrit; hence, there will be content-wise uniformity with the Graduate, Post-Graduate and M.Phil. programmes in Sanskrit which are currently offered in all the Universities in our country.

Each course is designed in such a way that the students get acquainted with the span of Sanskrit literature on a particular domain of knowledge, the content of it, the researches done on it so far, and the relevance of such knowledge within the ambit of current modern domains of knowledge and scholarship. This will generate confidence in the students so that they can take part in contemporary discourses.

These courses cover major knowledge domains of Sanskrit Intellectual traditions.

The contents of Pali and Prakrit are also incorporated in these courses wherever necessary.

These courses will be open to all, even to such students who do not have any background in the Sanskrit Language. However, such students without relevant Sanskrit background will have to do additional Bridge Courses to be offered by the Centre in order to bridge the gap.

M.A. Courses

The entire course is designed as per JNU norms in credit system framework of 4-semester duration and for evaluation too, JNU norms will be applied. Apart from the requirement of 64 credits to qualify for the Masters degree, a student will be required to clear four additional non-credits courses on Spoken Sanskrit and two on Computer Applications.

Following specializations are offered in third and fourth semesters in the following areas

  • Veda

  • Sahitya

  • Darsana

  • Computational Linguistics

  • Sanskrit Linguistics

  • Social Thought

  • Indian Aesthetics & Poetics

  • Pali & Prakrit Studies

M.Phil./Ph.D Courses

As per the JNU norms, to qualify for M.Phil. degree, a student will have to earn 24 credits in all i.e. 16 credits of course work of two semesters (4 courses of 4 credits each) and 8 credits of dissertation.

However, students will have an option to join Ph.D. after completing one year course work of 16 credits with minimum grade 'A minus' ( 7 points).

A wide range of research areas are available:

  • Vedic Studies

  • Agamic Systems

  • Sanskrit Literature

  • Indian Philosophical Systems and Schools

  • Indian Aesthetics & Politics

  • Indian Discourse Analysis

  • Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

  • Navya Nyaya Language & Methodology

  • Environmental Ethics

  • Scientific Traditions in Sanskrit

  • Computation Linguistics

  • Sanskrit Lexicography

  • Indian and Western Logical Systems

  • Indian Socio-Political Thought

  • Epics

  • Pauranic Literatures

  • Pali and Prakrit Studies

  • Manuscriptology

  • Contemporary Sanskrit Writings

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