Vedas, Vedangas (Traditional Streams)
The School of Vedic Knowledge Systems (VKS) was established at the beginning of the university i.e. 17 January 2017. This school aims to equip students with a strong grasp over different disciplines of Veda and Vedangas and to prepare them for careers in teaching and research. School aspires to build enduring cross-institutional research that will take forward our vision for Vedic Knowledge Systems. The department aims to adhere to the highest standards of scholarly probity and academic integrity and to engage in innovative and meaningful research. The School emphasizes protection and propagation of the disciplines related to Vedas, Vedangas and Shastras through teaching and research. It aims to be recognized as a destination of students interested in Shastra studies. It also aims in exploring the possibilities of application of Vedic Knowledge Systems in the modern issues in collaboration with other schools of the University and other renowned institutions. This reflects in the courses offered by the school. The school recognises the importance of traditional as well as modern approaches. School faculty members are working on collaborative projects in Indic Knowledge Systems with Contemporary Knowledge Systems.
School is offering 2 programmes at present i.e. Integrated Masters (Samyuta Acharya) in Vyakarana & Advaita Vedanta.
Integrated Masters programme in Vyākaraṇa has been designed for the students willing to take up the deep study of the śāstra in the traditional system. In order to master the Vyākaraṇa śāstra, one has to be familiar with the order of sūtras, ways of deriving words using the Pāninian framework, examining the ability of the sūtra to derive the word and theories related to the meaning. Some of these aspects are emphasized in different traditions in India. This curriculum has been designed in such a way that the students will have the benefit of the best practices of all the traditions.
Similar to the Vyākaraṇa curriculum, the Integrated Masters in Advaita Vedanta has been designed to train the students in the śāstra in traditional way. This includes the study of the Prasthāna-traya, namely the Brahmasūtras, Upaniṣads and Bhagavadgītā with the commentaries, along with its sub-commentaries. The students will also have exposure to other related śāstras necessary for understanding Advaita.
The teaching method in the Integrated Masters programmes offered by the school will strictly adhere to the traditional practices. Along with explaining the intended meaning of a particular text, the teacher will also monitor the growth of the student on daily basis. “Anuvaada” is one such practice where the student reproduces the topic of the previous day’s class in each course. This is done under the supervision of the teacher and is a continuous practice until the end of the course.