A timeless language for contemporary times

MA (Sanskrit)

The MA Sanskrit is an innovative programme that aims to upgrade the conventional postgraduate courses in Sanskrit and Sanskrit Studies, by offering traditional śāstric topics along with their contemporary counterparts. The emphasis of this programme is on enabling students to be equally comfortable in the role of a pundit and a modern academician. The 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 on the relevance of ancient knowledge.

Programme structure

  • Literature and Aesthetics – Padya and Campu
  • Philosophy of Life – Perspectives from the Upanishads
  • Sanskrit Grammar – Karaka and Samasa
  • Vagvyavaharadarsha – A Guide to Transactions in Sanskrit
  • Poetics: A Study on Literary Concepts
  • A Critical Study of Dhvanyaloka
  • Sanskrit Rupakam – An Applied Perspective
  • Indic Philosophy – Foundational Principles
  • Sanskrit Literature – A Critical History
  • Learning from Research
  • Yogasutras of Patanjali
  • Vedic Language and Literature
  • Modern Linguistics for Sanskritists
  • Dissertation
  • Internship

Students must opt for at least six Elective courses (with a minimum of 18 credits) for the completion of the programme. They can also take up more Elective courses if they wish to, with the permission of the concerned authority.

Note: The Elective courses available may change based on the interest of the students and the availability of faculty.

Stream I – Vyakaranam Bhashashastram ca – Vyakarana and LinguisticsStream II – Kavyam Sahityam ca – Literature and AestheticsStream III – Darshanani – Philosophy Psychology & Yoga
Indian Lexicography – Glimpses from the AmarkośaKāvyaguṇadoṣavivecanam from MammataIntroduction to Western Philosophy
Mahābhāṣyam – PaspaśāhnikamCandrāloka – A study of Alaṅkāra-sFundamentals of Nyaya Philosophy
Reading Between the LinesThe Principle of DhvaniFundamentals of Sankhya-Yoga Philosophy
SubantaprakriyāMedia Adaptation of Sanskrit LiteratureMīmāṃsānyāyaprakāśaḥ – I
Tiṅantaprakriyā – PauṣpapaddhatyanusāriṇīLanguage and SocietyEpistemology and Metaphysics – The Advaita Vedantic Perspective
Siddhāntakaumudī – Taddhitaprakaraṇaṃ Dviruktaprakaraṇaṃ CaRasavimarśaḥ – An Introduction to Rasa theoryVedāntaparibhāṣā – Āgamaparicchedāntā
Siddhāntakaumudī – Strīpratyaya, Kāraka and Samāsa Īśakenakaṭhopaniṣadaḥ Sabhāṣyāḥ
Siddhāntakaumudī – Ṇijantaprakaranam to Uttarakṛdantam Readings from Siddhāntaleśasaṅgraha
  Māṇḍukyopaniṣad Sabhāṣyā
  Taittarīyopaniṣad Sabhāṣyā
  Gītābhāṣyam – āditaḥ tṛtīyādhyāyaparyantam

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