Any undergraduate degree with basic knowledge of Sanskrit. There will also be an  entrance examination and interview to determine the final selection of candidates for the programme. Applicants who have studied Sanskrit as a subject in their undergraduate programme are exempted from the examination and will attend only the interview.

The purpose of Core courses is:
  • to teach communication skills in Sanskrit
  • introduce Sanskrit literature through the works of great poets
  • equip learners to understand the language of classical texts in Sanskrit
  • 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 three streams:

  • Stream I – Vyākaraṇam Bhāṣāśāstram ca - Vyakarana and Linguistics
  • Stream II – Kāvyam Sāhityam ca - Literature and Aesthetics
  • Stream III - Darshanani - Philosophy Psychology & Yoga

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 four semesters, students must have successfully earned at least 74 credits.
  • At the end of six semesters, students must have a CGPA of 5.5 or above.
  • In addition, students must have met the completion requirements for all the two self-immersion courses.
Higher Studies & Career Avenues

This degree aims to foster critical thinking in our students, and encourage them to develop an inclination for quality research in Indic studies. Upon graduating they are eligible to become researchers and teachers of Sanskrit and all allied subjects, independently or in educational institutions.

Faculty Profiles

Name & Designation


Teaching area

Dr. L. Sampath Kumar

Head School of Linguistics & Literary Studies

M.A., M. Phil., PhD

Vedic and Classical Literature

Dr. M. Sudarshan Chiplunkar

Assistant Professor and
Program Director -
MA Sanskrit

MA, MPhil, PhD

Sanskrit Literature,
Sahityashastra, Sanskrit &
Communicative language

Dr. Anil Narayanan

Assistant Professor and
Programme Director –
BA Sanskrit

M.A., M. Phil., PhD

Literature, Alankara and Indian Mathematics

Dr. Pavankumar Satuluri

Assistant Professor

M.A., M.Ed., PhD

Grammar, Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing

M.A. Sanskrit

Why M.A Sanskrit at CVV?

Highlights of the Programme

  • The M.A. Sanskrit programme is an innovative offering that aims to enhance traditional postgraduate courses in Sanskrit and Sanskrit Studies. It combines traditional śāstric topics with contemporary subjects to meet the needs of students today.
  • Students enrolled in the programme will benefit from the expertise of young and enthusiastic scholars at CVV, who bring a fresh perspective and energy to the learning environment.
  • The programme equips students with the ability to teach and explain śāstric topics in both Sanskrit and English, enhancing their career prospects and enabling effective communication with a wider audience.
  • A unique feature of the programme is the opportunity for internships in both India and abroad, providing students with valuable practical experience and exposure to diverse cultural and academic settings.
  • The M.A. Sanskrit programme at CVV priortises research-oriented teaching and learning, encouraging students to explore their interests, engage with original sources, and develop critical thinking skills.
  • Students also have the chance to undertake research projects, contributing to the field of Sanskrit studies and gaining valuable research experience.
  • The M.A. Sanskrit programme provides the opportunity to explore and develop their personal passions in an informal manner along with academic studies. 

International Collaborations

1. Global Exposure and Internships

CVV’s global internship programme provides an exceptional chance for students and young professionals to acquire practical work experience in a diverse cultural and business environment. Through hands-on work assignments, mentorship, and networking opportunities, interns will gain a deep understanding of the local culture, while developing skills that are highly valued in today's global economy. CVV's global internship provides a chance to:

  • Experience a different work culture
  • Build a global network
  • Improve language skills 
  • Develop cross-cultural skills
  • Reflection and evaluation

2. Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Prof. Annette Leonhardt​

University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Roger Natarajan

Actuarial Program Director
University of Michigan, USA

Prof. Craig Hassed

Monash University, Australia

Prof. Uma S.Kambhampati​

Head of School, School of Politics Economics and International Relations
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Reading, UK

Prof. Bernadine Van Gramberg

Professor and Academic Board Chair Federation University Australia

Prof. Timothy Marjoribanks​

Associate Dean Research
School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Programme Structure

Semester I

Semester I

Course NameCourse CategoryCredits
Literature and Aesthetics – Padya and CampuCore4
Philosophy of life: Perspectives from the UpanisadsCore3
Sanskrit Grammar – Karaka and SamasaCore4
Vagvyavaharadarsa – A Guide for Sanskrit TransactionCore4

Poetics - A study on Literary Concepts

Total Semester Credits19
Semester II
Semester II
Course NameCourse CategoryCredits
A Critical Study of DhvanyalokaCore4
Sanskrit Rupakam – An Applied PerspectiveCore4
Indic Philosophy - Foundational PrinciplesCore4
Elective 1Elective3
Elective 2Elective3
Total Semester Credits21
Semester III

Semester III

Course NameCourse CategoryCredits
Sanskrit Literature - A Critical HistoryCore4
Research MethodologyCore4
Sankhyakarika YogasutrancaCore4
Elective 3Elective3
Elective 4Elective3
Elective 5Elective3
Total Semester Credits21
Semester IV

Semester IV

Course NameCourse CategoryCredits
Vedic Language and LiteratureCore4
Artha and Kama - Readings from Kautilya and VatsyayanaCore4
Elective 6Elective3
Total Credits 17
Other Details
Core Courses (Compulsory courses)60
Total Credits78

Higher Studies & Career Avenues

Student Achievements

Hanuman S Dhondge

2022 Batch

Third prize in National Youth Conference​

Hanuman S Dhondge

2022 Batch

IInd Prize in National Level Nyaya Vakyartha

School FESTS

Fee Structure: Academic Year 2023-24

Annual  Tuition FeeActivity FeeAnnual Programme Fee (Tuition + Activity)


Upto 100% scholarships are available for meritorious students. Please connect with the Admissions Office for more details.

Expert Teaching Faculty

Assistant Professor & Head
DR. ANIL NARAYANAN N Assistant Professor School of Linguistics & Literary Studies
Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean
Associate Professor
DR. M SUDARSHAN CHIPLUNKAR Assistant Professor School of Linguistics & Literary Studies
Assistant Professor
DR. VISHAKA VENKAT Assistant Professor School of Linguistics & Literary Studies
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
DR. SANDHYA SHANKAR Assistant Professor School of Linguistics & Literary Studies
Assistant Professor
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