संस्कृतेर्मानवाः संस्कृता भूरिदा:।। Cultured people share abundantly.
Founder – Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
The Undergrad (UG) programmes offered at Chinmaya University (CU) consists on the one hand, of a spectrum ranging from pure courses in traditional Indian knowledge systems, to a blend of the ancient knowledge with modern streams such as Business Administration and Commerce; and on the other, courses in performing arts (Hindustani Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion and Bharatanatyam), thus truly reflecting the academic principles as enunciated in the Core Values of the University. The Performing Arts programmes and traditional Sanskrit programmes are offered in the Gurukula Mode. The other programmes will be offered in the modern-day university models.
Programme Design – Flexibility to choose from a diverse spectrum of courses
The programmes have been so designed that they fulfil the long-standing need of the student community for diversity and choice, much awaited in the higher education space in India. Consequently, the programmes are designed to allow every student to:
The University offers Majors in 10 specialisations of which 6 will be in the Gurukula Mode and Minors in 9 areas making it inter-disciplinary in nature. Based on these, over 30 Major/Minor combinations will be in offer for the students. The students need to declare their Major only at the end of the first year.
Course structure and requirements to complete UG Programmes
To graduate, the students are required to take courses classified under five categories and need to earn 100 credits at the end of three years. There are multiple category of courses on offer and each student need to take a set of mandatory courses as well as optional ones to make up for the required credit for the award of the degree. However, there is considerable flexibility under the major – minor combination of courses.
These are mandatory courses and are germane to understanding Indian Knowledge Traditions (IKT). Foundation Courses help students discover their specific interests in the IKT area, interests that help expand the mind. With this understanding, they will be better placed to make appropriate course choices in the minor stream.
All undergraduate students at the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula (CEG) Kochi Campus will be required to complete the following foundation courses:
All undergraduate students at the Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (CNBG) Pune Campus will be required to complete the following foundation courses:
Courses in this segment, enable students to specialise in an area and develop subject matter expertise.To major in an area, students need to take the stipulated core courses and 4 electives. Normally 12 courses are required to complete a major in a chosen area of specialisation. Such choice of Major is to be made only at the end of the first year.
Major courses offered at Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula
Major courses offered at Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula
These courses prepare the students for “Life”. The minor streams are designed in such a fashion that it will navigate the students and let them explore and discover their true life interests in an informed fashion, leading to true mind expansion.
These courses enhance the undergrad programme by providing proficiency in specific related areas that build on and bolster the Major Course.
The list of courses offered at Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula are as follows:
The list of courses offered at Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula are as follows:
Each student is required to take two courses in this category. It provides an opportunity for the student to deep involvement, self- introspection and societal orientation. The following are the experiential immersion courses that students will be required to take:
Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula:
Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula:
Post Graduate (PG) Programmes
The postgraduate programmes at Chinmaya University (CU) are tailored for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the world and their own self, through an in-depth study of Indian Knowledge Systems. The courses in the programmes are intended to guide students to use their detailed knowledge of traditional disciplines, as also to engage with, and master, contemporary issues. Students completing these programmes will be equipped to pursue multiple life paths; whether it be academic research or teaching, professional employment in their core area, or undertake work in any of the contemporary disciplines that they may access, through CU’s diverse elective courses.
The unique aspect of the Chinmaya University Program is the opportunity to study a few of the courses through the regular university pedagogy or the Gurukula Mode. Two streams are available in the Gurukula mode:
Gurukula mode in the performing arts stream enables the University to create successful performing artists by combining the inherent advantages of a university model with the uniqueness of a Gurukula model. The University has created a unique platform for the good and excellent to come together in the best interests of the student. In the case of Sanskrit curriculum, it serves to preserve and pass on the original texts in its purity to the future generations by creating subject matter experts.
The 5-year Integrated Master’s Degree is delivered in the Gurukula mode at the end of which period, the student is awarded a Master’s Degree. Design is also underway for a 3-year Bachelor’s Degree.
The Integrated Masters is a 5-year Integrated Dual Degree programme that is designed to enable to students to post-graduate as Masters in their subject specialisation. Being traditional Gurukula Mode offerings the degree nomenclature will enable students to complete their post-graduation as Acharyas. Design is also underway for offering early exit, i.e. at the end of 3 years, with a Bachelors’ Degree (Shastri).In order to successfully complete the Integrated Master degree (Acharya), students are required to earn 164 credits. Those exiting at the end of the 3 rd year will receive the commensurate Shastri Degree if they have successfully earned 100 credits.
The Integrated Masters is a 5-year Integrated Dual Degree programme that is designed to enable students to post-graduate as Masters in their subject specialisation. Being traditional Gurukula Mode offerings, the degree nomenclature will enable students to complete their post-graduation as Acharyas. Design is also underway for offering early exit, i.e. at the end of 3 years, with a Bachelors’ Degree (Shastri).Further details pertaining to the programme is given below:
Music has a sacred bearing on human lifestyle, nay, even on plant and animal life. For the practitioner, it is an art as well as science. In India, the treasure of this knowledge has passed on from one generation to another in the aural tradition for years together. The purity and beauty of the tradition has been maintained to a great extent because of the Gurukula tradition, where the Guru would personally mould the disciple into a performer.
When music got introduced in the classrooms, it was made available to the public. While there was standardization and formalization of music, the intimate teaching and learning experience of the Gurukula style was slowly diluted.
This Integrated Masters in performing arts in different disciplines is intended to have the best of both, the Gurukula Mode as well as the modern-day college/university models.
Performance-oriented study and practice of select Raagas/Taalas will be undertaken along with supporting theoretical aspects of the subject. Due importance will be given to subjects like Sanskrit, English, Indian Knowledge Systems and other Foundation Course subjects.
In order to successfully complete the Integrated Master degree (Acharya), students are required to earn 160 credits. Those exiting at the end of the 3rd year will receive the commensurate Shastri Degree if they have successfully earned 100 credits.