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Indian Knowledge Systems 1-Introduction to Vedic Corpus and Puranas

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1. School of Vedic Knowledge Systems


Indian Knowledge Systems


60 hours over 15 weeks

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As human beings march in their journey towards progress through newer developments, they need to be guided by a core set of ideals and principles of living. In today’s context, these paradigms of living stem from recent ideas, mostly originating from the western world. While we have been making progress, there is also a wide-spread understanding that for every new solution and idea that we discover, we introduce more challenges and problems arising out of them. This potentially raises the need to look for alternative paradigms for the emerging world order. Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) can offer ideas for developing new paradigms for the world order. A knowledge of IKS is the first step in this process. The Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth addresses this requirement through a two-part foundational course.

IKS constitute a vast majority of literature spanning across multiple perspectives. This includes ideas on fundamental premises related to one’s living as laid out in the Vedas, components of knowledge that help us develop a correct understanding of Vedic literature, Purāṇas, Darśaṇas, Smṛtis, Upa Vedas and many more. This is typically referred to as Caturdaśa-vidyāsthānam. This course outline covers one part of this knowledge tradition and the rest is covered in the second course.

Course Structure


Classes will be held twice a week for two hours.

Starts on: Friday, 6 November 2020.

Session Timing: Every Friday and Saturday from 3 to 5 pm.

Mode: Online mode via Zoom app

Workshop Objectives

The course design seeks to address the following issues:

  • To introduce to the participants to the overall organisation of IKS.
  • To develop an appreciation in the students for the role and importance of Vedas, Vedāṅgas, Upa Vedas and Purāṇas.
  • To showcase the multi-dimensional nature of IKS and their importance in contemporary society.
  • To motivate the participants to take up a detailed study of some of these topics and explore their application potential

Workshop Structure
  • Pedagogy
    The teaching methodology will be primarily lecture oriented. In class discussions, talks by experts and student presentations based on related work will supplement the learning process.
  • Pre-Requisites
    There are no prerequisites for this course as it is introductory in nature. Some rudimentary understanding of Sanskrit and familiarity with the Devanagari script will be useful.
  • Evaluation Pattern
  • Student Submissions (Group Work):  20 marks
  • Class Participation thru presentations: 15 marks
  • Mid-term Examination: 25 marks
  • End-Term Examination: 40 marks
  • Total: 100 marks



A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to those who meet the completion requirements pertaining to all the segments of the workshop.


Rs. 6000/- (inclusive of GST)

Registration and Fee Payment Refund Policy

Timeline for cancellation

Refund Status*

3 days before the workshop begins

100% of the registration fee (less administrative fee)

1 week into the workshop

50% of the registration fee (less administrative fee)

10 days into the workshop

No refund

*All refunds are subject to an administrative fee (10% of the registration fee)

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