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BA Sanskrit


BA (Sanskrit) programme is designed to develop a first level yet a comprehensive understanding of the Sanskrit Language and the grammatical aspects pertaining to the language and also the important philosophical schools of thought in India. The programme is designed to give a detailed introduction to various disciplines of Sanskrit and places special emphasis on three streams viz. Vyākaraṇa, Vedānta and Sāhitya.

The students, in addition to opting for higher studies, will be able to take up roles as Teachers, Research Scholars, IAS/ IPS, work in Business/ Government Service or as Cultural Ambassadors in Government or Corporate sectors.


Applicants desiring admission to the BA Sanskrit  programme at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth must meet either one of the following minimum requirements:

  • They must have successfully cleared the Higher Secondary Examination (Class XII), with a minimum of 60% or an equivalent grade.
  •  They must have successfully completed the Uttara Madhyama in Sanskrit /Prak Shastri, or any equivalent.
Programme Structure
The semester-wise break-up of courses is as given below:
Overall Credit Requirements (Targeted)122
Contact Hours126
Credits for Semester 123
Credits for Semester 220
Credits for Semester 321
Credits for Semester 422
Credits for Semester 517
Credits for Semester 619
Credits for Foundation Courses
(F Category) (5 courses)
Credits for Core Courses (C Category)
(11 courses)
Credits for Core Elective Courses (E Category)
(4 courses)
Credits for Core Proficiency Courses (P Category)
(13 courses)
Sl. No.Course TitleCourse Credits
Core Courses
1Kāvyam alaṅkāraśca4
2Vyākaraṇam 14
3Nāṭakaṃ chandaśca4
4Vyākaraṇam 24
5Vedānta: Foundational Principles4
66 Sāhityaśāstram - I (Alaṅkāra and dhvani) 4
7Darśanam 14
8Sāhityaśāstram - II (Rasa and Nāṭyāṅga)4
9Vaidikasāhityam bhāṣāśāstrañca4
10Darśanam 24
11Sasarvaṅkaṣam Śiśupālavadham - prathamaḥ sargaḥ4
12Alaṅkāras based on Kuvalayānanda4
Minor Courses
1Introduction to Jyotish Shastra3
2Indian Art Appreciation3
3Media Adaptations for Sanskrit Literature 3
4Indian Political Thought3
5Introduction to Kerala School of Mathematics3
6Self and Personality development3
7Sri Adi Sankaracharya3
8Introduction to Philosophy3
9Kautilya and Public Finance Administration3
10Reading between the lines3
11Language and Brain3
12The Principle of dhvani3
13Logic and Argumentation3
14Indian Constitutional Law and History3
15Theorising Governance from the Santiparva3
16Modern Linguistics for Sanskritists3
17Candrāloka: A study of Alaṅkāras3
18Indian Lexicography: Glimpses from the Amarakośa3
Proficiency Courses
1Sanskrit: A Language for Eternal Use 4
2Everyday English4
3Sanskrit for Communication4
4Computing for Business and Society3
5Conversational English Lab1
6English Writing Lab1
7Learning from Leaders2
8Computing Lab I1
9Computing Lab II1
10Computing for Business and Society 2
11Critical Thinking1
12English for the Workplace3
Foundation Courses
1Indic Knowledge Systems: Vedic Corpus and Purāṇa-s4
2Indic Knowledge Systems: Empirical Sciences and Darśana-s4
3Itihāsa-s: A Multidimensional Exploration4
4Dharma & Nīti Śāstras: Indic Perspectives on Human Organisation4
Self-Immersion Courses
2Introduction to Seva1
Specialisation 1: Sāhitya
  • Kāvyaprakāśa
  • Sāhityadarpaṇam – Rasa and Dhvani
  • The Principle of Dhvani
  • Nāṭaka-Lakṣya-lakṣaṇam – Veṇisamhāram + Nāṭyaśāstram
Specialisation 2: Advaitavedānta
  • Vedantaparibhasha - I
  • Īśa-Kena-Kathopaniṣadaḥ Sabhāṣyāḥ
  • Vedāntasāraḥ
  • Gītābhāṣyam -2 (Upto 12th Chapter)
  • Sāṅkhyakārikā Yogasūtraṅca
Specialisation 3: Vyākaraṇa
  • Siddhāntakumudī – III
  • Siddhāntakaumudī – VI
  • Paribhāṣenduśekharaḥ – I
  • Siddhāntakaumudī – I
  • Principles of Kṛt and Taddhita
  • Mahabhashyam – Paspasanhikam
  • Subantaprakriya
  • Pauṣpī Tiṅantaprakriyā

The medium of instruction is English or Sanskrit or both. However, in the case of Language courses, instruction is generally given in the language concerned.

  • Internalisation of the basic structure of Sanskrit language
  • Awareness about the various disciplines of Sanskrit language
  • A fair knowledge of either of the three streams of specialisation: Sāhitya/Vyākaraṇa/Vedānta
  • Ability to evaluate traditional knowledge and relate it to contemporary socio-cultural scenarios
  • The programme also empowers the graduates to choose a post graduate programme of their choice.
  • The students will be ignited enough to think and act on solutions to various issues prevalent in human life to make this world better than ever.

To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor's degree in Sanskrit, a student must satisfy all the criteria listed below.

  1. The student must obtain a grade of P or above (grade point 4 or above) in all required courses.
  2. At the end of six semesters, the student must have successfully earned at least 122 credits.
  3. At the end of six semesters, the student must have a CGPA of 5.5 or above.
  4. The student must have met the completion requirements for all the Self-Immersion Courses.

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) organises optional coaching classes for competitive examinations such as CAT; CA; CMA; CS; Civil Services etc. Schedule and Fees will be shared at the commencement of the academic year.