Jawaharlal nehru university special centre for sanskrit studies jawaharlal nehru university

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Sanskrit Literature is to be viewed as records of cultural history of India of over five thousand years. It encompasses within it a number of disciplines such as, Grammar, Linguistics, Philosophy, Logic, Aesthetics, Arts, Discourse Analysis and so on, related to various aspects of human life and accumulated through a long span of time. It is necessary that our students come to be acquainted with the contributions of our heritage in various domains of knowledge so that they get further opportunity to derive insights into respective disciplines.

To achieve this goal, therefore, all the courses for M.A.and M.Phil./Ph.D have been prepared with inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.
This course is based on the UGC report of CDC in Sanskrit; hence, there will be content-wise uniformity with the Graduate, Post-Graduate and M.Phil. programmes in Sanskrit which are currently offered in all the Universities in our country.
Each course is designed in such a way that the students get acquainted with the span of Sanskrit literature on a particular domain of knowledge, the content of it, the researches done on it so far, and the relevance of such knowledge within the ambit of current modern domains of knowledge and scholarship. This will generate confidence in the students so that they can take part in contemporary discourses.
These courses cover major knowledge domains of Sanskrit Intellectual traditions.
The contents of Pali and Prakrit are also incorporated in these courses wherever necessary.
These courses will be open to all, even to such students who do not have any background in the Sanskrit Language. However, such students without relevant Sanskrit background will have to do additional Bridge Courses to be offered by the Centre in order to bridge the gap.

M.A. Courses

The entire course is designed as per JNU norms in credit system framework of 4-semester duration and for evaluation too, JNU norms will be applied. Apart from the requirement of 64 credits to qualify for the Masters degree, a student will be required to clear four additional non-credits courses on Spoken Sanskrit and two on Computer Applications.

M.Phil./Ph.D Courses

As per the JNU norms, to qualify for M.Phil. degree, a student will have to earn 24 credits in all i.e. 16 credits of course work of two semesters (4 courses of 4 credits each) and 8 credits of dissertation.

However, students will have an option to join Ph.D. after completing one year course work of 16 credits with minimum grade ‘A minus’ ( 7 points).


M.A. Semester I
Core Courses

Students will opt any four core courses out of five.

1. Indian Intellectual Tradition

2. Navya-Nyya Language and Methodology

3. Sanskrit Linguistic Tradition

4. Introduction to Computational Linguistics

5. Sanskrit Literature I (Drama and Prose)

Non-Credit Courses
1. Mastering Sanskrit Language-I

2. Computer Awareness

M.A. Semester II
Core Courses

Students will opt any four courses out of five:
1. Indian Model of Philosophical Analysis

2. Sanskrit Philosophy of Language

3. Structure and History of Sanskrit Language

4. Text and Interpretation

5. Sanskrit Literature – II (Poetry)

Non-Credit Courses

  1. Mastering Sanskrit Language -II

  2. Computer Applications for Sanskrit

M.A. Semester III
Note: The following specializations are to be offered in III and IV semesters. Core courses under each specialization are being listed. Students can offer rest of the required/ two courses either from other specializations or from optional courses listed separately.
Core Courses


1. Selections from the Vedic Texts

2. Principles of Vedic Interpretation (Mimamsa)

1. Shityastra (Literary Theory & Criticism)

2. Epics and other forms of Kavya
Philosophy (any two)

1. Skhya-Yoga (Textual Study)

2. Nyya-Vaieika (Textual Study)

3. Vednta and Pratyabhij (Textual Study)

4. Mms (Textual Study)

5. Bauddha Darsana

6. Jaina Darsana

7. Saiva, Sakta and Tantra

Computational Linguistics

1. Computational Linguistics Toolkit

2. Text Processing and Storage
Sanskrit Linguistics

1. Adhyy (Textual Study)

2. Sanskrit and Modern Indian Languages
Social Thought

1. Dharmastra (Textual Study)

2. Indian Socio-Political Thought
Optional Courses

1. Pali and Prakrit: Langauge and Literature

2. Pura (Textual Study)

3. Indian Poetics and Aesthetics

4. Language, Culture and History
Non-Credit Courses

1. Mastering Sanskrit Language – III

M.A. Semester IV

1. Vedic Language and Literature


1. Texts of Literary Theory

2. Indian Fine and Applied Arts (Lalitakal)

1. Indian Philosophical Systems

2. Indian Logic and Epistemology
Computational Linguistics

1. Computational Analysis of Adhyy

2. Multi-Media Storage and Retrieval System for Culture
Sanskrit Linguistics

1. Language, Thought and Reality

2. Lexicography
Social Thought

1. Sanskrit Documents for Social Sciences

Optional Courses
1. Nyya Philosophy

2. Indian Discourse Analysis

3. Environmental Ethics

4. Manuscriptology

Non Credit Course

1. Mastering Sanskrit Language – IV

Bridge Course

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