Master of Arts – MA (Sanskrit)

Offered by: School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems

Duration: Two years (Four Semesters)

Eligibility: A minimum of 65% in the relevant Undergraduate Program from any reputed College/University

Campus: Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula

This program is split into three components: foundation, core and elective courses. The foundation course is a one-of-its-kind offering that provides learners with a basis for understanding the chaturdashavidyasthana, the fourteen repositories of ancient Indian cultural traditions and knowledge systems. This 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 get a good understanding of these disciplines, with a sound knowledge of this classical language. Emphasis has been placed on research work in this course in order to facilitate students to pursue further research in the future.

  • PG Programmes:
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    The PG programmes at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) are tailored for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the world and self through an in-depth study of Indian Knowledge Systems. These courses are intended to guide students towards a future where they can use their detailed knowledge of traditional disciplines to engage with and master contemporary tasks and issues. Students completing these courses will be equipped to pursue multiple life paths: academic research or teaching, professional employment in their core area, or further work in any of the contemporary disciplines that they may access through CVV’s diverse elective programme.

  • MA (Sanskrit – Applied Indic Knowledge Systems):
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    Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth is presently offering a PG Programme ‘MA (Sanskrit – Applied Indic Knowledge Systems)’ for the academic year 2017-18. An emphasis has been given to research in this course, 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 learners with a basis for understanding the caturdaśa vidyāsthāna, the fourteen repositories of ancient Indian cultural traditions and knowledge systems. Unlike most programmes offered in this field, which only look at the caturdaśa vidyāsthāna in isolated parts, this 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 Bhagavadgītā 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 these disciplines and this classical language as well.

    In keeping with CVV’s elective model, this programme also offers various technical, applied and interdisciplinary courses through the elective mode in five available streams, where students can develop multi-dimensional skills. Additionally, courses on Yoga and Ayurveda will prepare learners to face challenges mentally and physically.

    This program distinguishes itself from others in the field, as it prioritizes research by enabling the student to access knowledge from Sanskrit classical texts and Indic traditions, 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.

  • Eligibility Criteria:
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    Aspirants with any undergraduate degree and adequate Sanskrit knowledge are eligible to apply for the MA Sanskrit (Applied Indic Knowledge Systems) program. There is no age limit to apply for this program. Further –

    • Applicants should have studied Sanskrit as a subject in their Undergraduate program

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    • Students with familiarity of Sanskrit either from high school or other non-formal means will be considered, if they demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of spoken and written Sanskrit
  • Program Duration:
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    The MA Sanskrit (Applied Indic Knowledge Systems) program consist of four semesters spread over two years. Under exceptional circumstances if a student is unable to earn the required number of credits for the award of degree they will be given an extension of up to one year to do so.

  • Courses offered:
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    Students must successfully complete courses amounting to 72 credits to be awarded their degree. The courses are offered in 3 modes: Foundation, Core and Elective.

    • Foundation
      6 courses, 18 credits
    • Core
      9 courses, 38 credits
    • Electives
      6 courses, 18 credits

    Foundation courses are designed to:

    • give a clear understanding of caturdaśa vidyāsthāna (achieved through the ‘Indian Knowledge Systems 1 & 2’ courses)
    • to stress on the importance of research and encourage learners to strive for excellence in research
    • 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)

    The purpose of Core courses is:

    • to teach writing skills in Sanskrit (achieved by the ‘Advanced Functional Sanskrit’ course)
    • equip learners to understand the language of classical texts in Sanskrit (achieved by the ‘Sanskrit Grammer’ course)
    • 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 Upaniṣads
    • to encourage the students to look at the laukika śāstra-s, such as Arthashastra, from different perspectives

    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:

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Culture, Literature, Aesthetics, Poetics
    • Human Sciences (Social Science, Economics, History & Political Science)
    • Ethics, Law and Governance
    • Philosophy Psychology and Yoga

    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.

  • Exit Criteria:
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    To be eligible for the award of the MA degree, students must satisfy the criteria listed below.

    • Students must get a P grade or above (grade point 4 or above) in all foundation courses, core courses, and in at list six elective courses. 
    • At the end of 4 semesters, students must have successfully earned at least 72 credits.
    • At the end of 6 semesters, students must have a CGPA of 5.5 or above.
    • In addition, students must have met the completion requirements for all the self-immersion courses.

    The semester-wise break-up of courses is as given below:

    Overall Credit Requirements (Targeted) 74
    Contact Hours 69
    Credits for Semester 1 19
    Credits for Semester 2 20
    Credits for Semester 3 20
    Credits for Semester 4 15
    Credits for Foundation Courses (F
    Category) (6 courses)
    18 30.26%
    Credits for Core Courses (C Category) (9
    courses)
    38 42.10%
    Credits for Elective Courses (E Category)
    (6 courses)
    18 27.63%
    Semester 1
    Course Name Category Credits Contact hours/week
    Indic Knowledge Systems – I F 4 4
    Philosophy of Life – Perspectives from Upaniṣads C 3 3
    Literature & Aesthetics – Padya&Campū C 4 4
    Sanskrit Grammar – Kāraka&Samāsa C 4 4
    Vāgvyavahārādarśaḥ – A Guide for Sanskrit Transaction C 4 4
        19 19
    Semester 2
    Course Name Category Credits Contact hours/week
    Indic Knowledge Systems – II F 2 4
    Poetics – A study on Literary Concepts C 4 4
    Indic Philosophy – Foundational Principles F 4 4
    Sanskrit Rūpakam – An Applied Perspective C 3 3
    Learning Through Research F 1 1
    Independent Study Course C 3 1
    Elective 1 E 3 3
        20 20
    Semester 3
    Course Name Category Credits Contact hours/week
    Research Methods and Theory F 3 4
    Sanskrit Literature – An Appreciative Enquiry F 4 4
    Artha & Kāma – Readings from Kauṭilya and Vātsyāyana C 4 4
    Elective 2 E 3 3
    Elective 3 E 3 3
    Elective 4 E 3 3
        20 21
    Semester 4
    Course Name Category Credits Contact hours/week
    Elective 5 E 3 3
    Elective 6 E 3 3
    Course Dissertation C 9 3
        15 9
    Electives are divided into five streams
    1. Language and Linguistics
    2. Culture, Literature, Aesthetics, Poetics
    3. Human Sciences (Social Science, Economics, History & Political Science
    4. Ethics, Law and Governance
    5. Philosophy Psychology and Yoga
  • Program Fee:
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    • INR 1,40,000 per annum for Residential students
    • INR 50,000 per annum for Day-Scholars
    • $3,200 per annum for International Residential Students

    Generous Scholarships and Tuition-fee waivers for Deserving Applicants.

 

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