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Master of Arts – MA (Sanskrit)

The M.A. Sanskrit degree at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth is an innovative programme that aims to upgrade the conventional postgraduate courses in Sanskrit and Sanskrit studies, by offering traditional shastric topics along with their contemporary counterparts.

The emphasis of the M.A. programme is on enabling students to be equally comfortable in the roles of the pundit and the modern academician. Our courses are taught with particular attention to demonstrating the continuities as well as differences between traditional and current disciplines, to give students a realistic grip of the relevance of ancient knowledge. We also aim to foster critical thinking in our students and encourage them to develop an inclination for quality research.


Aspirants with an undergraduate degree and basic knowledge of Sanskrit and Indian Knowledge Traditions (IKT) are eligible to apply for the M.A. Sanskrit programme. There is no age limit to apply for this program. Further –

  • Applicants should have studied Sanskrit as a subject in their undergraduate programme.
  • Students familiar with Sanskrit either from high school or other non-formal means will be considered.
The semester-wise break-up of courses is as given below:
Overall Credit Requirements (Targeted)74
Contact Hours69
Credits for Semester 119
Credits for Semester 220
Credits for Semester 320
Credits for Semester 415
Credits for Foundation Courses
(F Category) (5 courses)
Credits for Core Courses (C Category)
(11 courses)
Credits for Elective Courses (E Category)
(6 courses)
Credits for Self Immersion Courses (S Category) (2 courses)00%
Course NameCategoryCreditshours/week
Indic Knowledge Systems: Vedic Corpus and Purāṇa-sF44
Philosophy of Life – Perspectives from Upaniṣads C33
Literature and Aesthetics – Padya and CampūC44
Sanskrit Grammar – Kāraka and SamāsaC44
Vāgvyavahārādarśaḥ – A Guide for Sanskrit TransactionC44
Toatal 1919
Course NameCategoryCreditshours/week
Indic Knowledge Systems: Empirical SciencesF24
Poetics – A study on Literary ConceptsC44
Indic Philosophy – Foundational PrinciplesF44
Sanskrit Rūpakam – An Applied PerspectiveC33
Learning Through ResearchF11
Independent Study CourseC31
Elective 1E33
Toatal 2020
Course NameCategoryCreditshours/week
Research Methods and TheoryF34
Sanskrit Literature - A Critical HistoryC44
Artha and Kāma – Readings from Kauṭilya and VātsyāyanaC44
Elective 2E33
Elective 3E33
Elective 4E33
Toatal 2021
Course NameCategoryCreditshours/week
Elective 5E33
Elective 6E33
Vedic Language and LiteratureC3 
Course DissertationC63
Toatal 159
Electives are divided into five streams
1. Vyākaraṇam Bhāṣāśāstram ca - Vyakarana and Linguistics
2. Kāvyam Sāhityam ca - Literature and Aesthetics
3. Dharmaśāstram Arthaśāstram ca - Ethics, Law and Governance
4. Darśanāni - Philosophy Psychology and Yoga
5. Vedāḥ Vedāṅgāni ca – Vedic Studies

Students must successfully complete courses amounting to 74 credits to be awarded their degree. The courses are offered in four categories: Foundation, Core, Elective and Self-Immersion.

Foundation5 courses14 credits
Core11 courses42 credits
Electives6 courses18 credits
Self-Immersion2 courses0 credits
Foundation courses are designed to:
  • give a clear understanding of caturdaśa vidyāsthāna
  • to stress the importance of research and encourage learners to strive for excellence in research
  • give an overview of major principles in Bharatiya Darshanas
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 five streams:

  • Stream I – Vyākaraṇam Bhāṣāśāstram ca - Vyakarana and Linguistics
  • Stream II – Kāvyam Sāhityam ca - Literature and Aesthetics
  • Stream III – Dharmaśāstram Arthaśāstram ca - Ethics, Law and Governance
  • Stream IV – Darśanāni - Philosophy Psychology and Yoga
  • Stream V – Vedāḥ Vedāṅgāni ca – Vedic Studies

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.