Master of Arts (Sanskrit & Indian Knowledge Traditions)

CU is presently offering a PG Programme – MA (Sanskrit & IKT) – for admissions in the academic year 2017-18. An emphasis has been directed towards research in this programme, to facilitate students to pursue research work in the future. This programme is split into three components – Foundation, Core and Elective Courses. The Foundation Course is a one-of-its-kind offering that provides students with a basis for understanding the caturdaśa-vidyāsthānam, the fourteen repositories of Indian Knowledge Traditions.  Unlike most programmes offered in this field, which only look at the caturdaśa-vidyāsthānam in isolated parts, this PG programme will make students aware of the core ideas of each of these fourteen components, such that they can discern the ancient Indian way of thinking and analysing the world. Renowned texts like the Bhagavad-gita will be taught from different perspectives. The Core Courses cover important concepts and texts in Sanskrit literature and philosophy, so that students can acquire a sound knowledge of this classical language. In keeping with CU’s elective model, this programme also offers various technical, applied and interdisciplinary courses through Elective Courses in four available streams; where students can develop multi-dimensional skills. Additionally, courses on Yoga and Ayurveda will prepare students to face contemporary challenges mentally and physically. This programme distinguishes itself from others in the field, as it prioritizes research by enabling the student to access knowledge from Sanskrit classical texts and Indian Knowledge Traditions (IKT), such that they may use this knowledge for furthering their studies in either their own specializations or in new areas that they may become interested in. Furthermore, this course will also provide students with the requisite knowledge to be able to teach the Sanskrit language and related courses in the future. This programme is thus unique in not only providing students with the needful ability in research and teaching, thus enabling them to benefit from the numerous opportunities arising in these areas, but also in laying a good platform for their successful professional and spiritual life. Courses Offered Students must successfully complete courses aggregating to 72 credits to be eligible for their degree. The courses are offered in 3 modes: Foundation, Core and Elective.

Course Mode No. of Courses Credits Topics
Foundation 6 20  
Core 8 28  
Elective 6 24
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Culture, Literature, Aesthetics, Poetics
  • Human Sciences
  • Ethics, Law and Governance

Foundation courses are designed to:

  • give a clear understanding of caturdasha-vidyasthanam (achieved through the ‘Indian Knowledge Systems 1 & 2’ courses)
  • introduce Sanskrit literature through the works of great poets (achieved through the ‘Sanskrit literature – An Appreciative Enquiry’ course)
  • give an overview of major principles in Bharatiya Darshanas (achieved through the ‘Indic Philosophy –  Foundational Principles’ course)
  • teach writing skills in Sanskrit and equip learners to understand the language of classical texts in Sanskrit (achieved by the ‘Advanced Sanskrit Grammar’ course)
  • apply traditional Indian knowledge to contemporary fields (achieved through the ‘Bhagavad Gita and Management’ course)

The purpose of Core courses is:

  • to give learners exposure to diverse elements of Sanskrit literature, specifically poetry and drama
  • to emphasize the philosophy of Indian life as seen through the Upanishads
  • to stress on the importance of research and encourage learners to strive for excellence in research

Elective courses are designed to allow interdisciplinary exploration, so that learners can pursue their own interests and goals by creating a learning programme of their choice. They are available in 4 streams:

  1. Language and Linguistics
  2. Culture, Literature, Aesthetics, Poetics
  3. Human Sciences (Social Science, Economics, History & Political Science)
  4. Ethics, Law and Governance

In addition, students must also complete three mandatory courses: ‘Seva’, ‘Yoga and ‘Ayurveda’. These are zero-credit courses designed to give students an impetus towards self-development and personality growth. The semester-wise break-up of courses is as given below:

Overall Credit Requirements (Targeted) 72  
Contact Hours 71  
Credits for Semester 1 18  
Credits for Semester 2 18  
Credits for Semester 3 18  
Credits for Semester 4 18  
Credits for Foundation Courses (F Category) 20 27.8%
Credits for Core Courses (C Category) 28 38.9%
Credits for Elective Courses (E Category) 24 33.3%
Semester 1      
Course Name Category Credits Contact hrs/week
Indic Knowledge Systems – 1 F 4 4
Sanskrit literature – An Appreciative Enquiry F 3 3
Indic Philosophy –  Foundational Principles F 3 3
Literature & Aesthetics I – Padyam C 3 3
Research Methodology C 2 3
Advanced Sanskrit Grammar F 3 4
    18 20
Semester 2      
Course Name Category Credits Contact hrs/week
Indic Knowledge Systems – 2 F 4 4
Poetics – A study on Literary Concepts C 3 3
Philosophy of Life – Perspectives from Upanishads C 3 3
Literature & Aesthetics II – Champu C 3 3
Academic Writing and Presentation C 1 4
Elective 1 E 4 4
    18 21
Semester 3      
Course Name Category Credits Contact hrs/week
Bhagavad Gita & Management F 3 3
Sanskrit Rupakam – An Applied Perspective C 3 4
Elective 2 E 4 4
Elective 3 E 4 4
Elective 4 E 4 4
    18 19
Semester 4      
Course Name Category Credits Contact hrs/week
Elective 5 E 4 4
Elective 6 E 4 4
Course Dissertation C 10 3
    18 11
Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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