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|
|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) (5 courses)
|Credits for Core Courses (C Category)|
|Credits for Elective Courses (E Category)|
|Credits for Self Immersion Courses (S Category) (2 courses)||0||0%|
|Indic Knowledge Systems: Vedic Corpus and Purāṇa-s||F||4||4|
|Philosophy of Life – Perspectives from Upaniṣads||C||3||3|
|Literature and Aesthetics – Padya and Campū||C||4||4|
|Sanskrit Grammar – Kāraka and Samāsa||C||4||4|
|Vāgvyavahārādarśaḥ – A Guide for Sanskrit Transaction||C||4||4|
|Indic Knowledge Systems: Empirical Sciences||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|
|Research Methods and Theory||F||3||4|
|Sanskrit Literature - A Critical History||C||4||4|
|Artha and Kāma – Readings from Kauṭilya and Vātsyāyana||C||4||4|
|Vedic Language and Literature||C||3|
|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.
|Foundation||5 courses||14 credits|
|Core||11 courses||42 credits|
|Electives||6 courses||18 credits|
|Self-Immersion||2 courses||0 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.