Post Graduate Program Details and Curriculum

Objective

MIT SVS’ post-graduate programs are designed to groom the next generation of ambassadors of Vedic Sciences – those who can study and authentically articulate the Indic scientific tradition, and bridge the gap between Indian and modern scientific discourse. The objective is to specifically groom a generation of experts who can perform independent and application-oriented study of Vedic concepts for modern times.

SVS’ strategy is to impart Vedic Science education at a level more suited to modern audience. Instead of focusing on deep shaastra expertise, SVS has designed its curriculum and programs to familiarize modern students with the methods used in Vedic Sciences and equip them with sufficient foundational knowledge and interpretative skills to enable practical application, further study and research.

Value Proposition

Knowledge of relevant aspects of Vedic Sciences is increasingly being valued in many mainstream careers, which enables a person to look at any issue holistically leading to sustainable outputs.

  • Multi-disciplinary R&D – Several opportunities at IITs and institutions abroad for Indic science experts
  • Teaching - Growing number of universities (especially outside India) looking for faculty that can teach both modern and ancient perspectives comparatively
  • Consultancy – Management, counseling, executive coaching, construction, aesthetic design, etc.

Admission Criteria

A short write-up called ‘Statement of Purpose’, indicating specific research area of interest in Vedic Sciences and career aspirations, should be submitted. This is followed by a phone interview.

Prerequisites

Bachelors’ degree in any field - No prior knowledge of Samskrit required


Post-graduate Program Details

Program

Duration

Highlights

Skills Acquired

M.Sc. in Vedic Sciences

2 years

1.5-years course work, 0.5-year project

Proficiency in the chosen Vedic Science subject

M.Sc. in Integral Psychotherapy

2 years

Field trips, hands-on practice with leading experts

Eligibility for independent practice or research

M.Sc. + M.Phil. in Vedic Sciences

3 years

1.5-years course, 1.5-years thesis research

Proficiency in inter-disciplinary research and teaching

Ph.D. in Vedic Sciences

5 years

1.5-years course, 3.5-years research

Expertise in inter-disciplinary research

PG Programs: Expected Outcomes

Program

Proficiency Gained

M.Sc. in Vedic Sciences

- Working knowledge of various disciplines of Vedic sciences

-  Ability to study a shaastra by oneself

-  Gain enough background information to take up further study and inter-disciplinary research

-  Proficiency in the chosen Vedic Science subject via a semester-long term project

-  Training in research in the chosen subject

Integrated M.Sc. + M.Phil.

(In addition to the above)

Proficiency for independent research and innovation in the chosen Vedic Science subject via a 1.5-year long research project

M.Sc. Elective Subjects

Elective subject courses are divided into Basic, Advanced-1 and Advanced-2. They could be courses taught by SVS faculty or research courses where the student undertakes an independent study project to produce a report. In the academic year 2018-19, SVS offers faculty-taught elective courses only in Psychology. For other subjects, the M.Sc. student has to take up a research course (R003 - independent study as mentioned above) under supervision of SVS’ faculty or an external guide. The possible elective subjects are:

  • Indic Mathematics, Computational Linguistics
  • Psychology: Upanishads (Brahma Sutras, Bhagavad Gita), Yoga Sutras, Tantra, Ayurveda
  • Governance, Public Administration, War and Strategic Studies (negotiation, diplomacy), Leadership (Artha Shaastra, Panchatantra, Administrative System in the Vedas, Raaj Dharma in Itihaasas and Puraanas (e.g., Vidurniiti) – Target audience includes those in public services and private sector professionals
  • Aesthetics for Design & Architecture: Indian Aesthetic Theories, Indian Semantics & Semiotics

M.Sc. Projects: Potential Topics

    Math and Computing

    • Concept map creation of an Indic Text (2-year M.Sc.)
      • Brihat Samhita
      • Charak Samhita
      • Tarka Sangraha
      • Artha Shaastra
      • Naatya Shaastra
    • Leveraging earlier context to disambiguate Vaakya-bodha
    • Generating meaningful sentences in various Indian languages based on Akaankshaa (legitimate linkages between verbs and nouns), and Yogyataa (combinability – compatibility)

    Psychology

    • Yoga, Ayurveda, Upanishads
    • Applicability of Yoga principles to treat specific psychological disorders (including case studies) - Need connection with psychiatry consultancy services for patients (clinical psychology)
    • Efficacy of an Ayurvedic drug on psychiatry patients (work with S-VYASA)
    • Dreams as basis for physical diagnosis in Ayurveda (3-years – work with S-VYASA)
    • Survey of Ayurvedic texts (in comparison with Allopathy) to describe the relation of
      • Ethics and health
      • Seasons and diet/health

    Governance & Leadership

    • Textual / Theoretical research (no statistical / empirical study)
    • Empirical research via case studies, Problem resolution (studying efficacy of Indic strategy in corporate context)
      • Analyze a specific government policy and its results or a leadership style based on principles expounded in an Indic text (e.g., Vidurniiti)

    Aesthetics

    • Extending the concepts of poetics to other fields of beauty (e.g., Auchitya (propriety) – applying to drawing, painting, design, music, theatre, dance)

M.Sc. in Vedic Sciences: Curriculum Outline

Semester

Course Id

Course Name

Topics Covered

Credits

L-T-P Ratio

Hours

Evaluation Plan

Year-1, Sem-1

F101

Indic Knowledge Landscape

Classification of Indic knowledge disciplines, Basis of classification, Philosophy behind the basis

1

1-0-0

15

Final

F005

Indic Thought and Contemporary Relevance

Social, political, academic, environmental issues that necessitate Vedic studies

3

3-0-0

45

Mid + Final

A004

How to study Indic Sources-1

Ways of studying Indic Sources (in short)

1

1-0-0

15

Final

F002

Samskrit-1

Vyavahaarika Samskritam

2

0-1-1

45

Demo

F301

Indic Philosophy of Life

Purpose / basics of ethics

3

3-0-0

45

Mid + Final

             

F103

Indic Thought Model-1 (except Vyakarana)

Indic Approach to Knowledge Organization.

4

3-1-0

60

Final

F005

Foundations and Facets of Ethics

Vedic principles of ethics, Empathy - Self-awareness practice

3

3-0-0

45

Mid + Final

 

Elective - Basic

 

3

3-0-0

45

Mid + Final

Total

     

20

 

315

 

Year-1, Sem-2

F104

Indic Thought Model - Vyakarana

Indic approach to knowledge organization (Vyakarana perspective - Vaakyapadiiyam)

2

1-1-0

30

Mid + Final

A001

History of Math and Computing in India

Indic contributions in math and computing

1

1-0-0

15

Final

F102

Reasoning and debating

Indic approach to Robust Reasoning, Science of debate, Logic, Analyzing statements, Right and wrong inference, Valid sources of knowledge, Proof, Logical fallacies, Decision-making, Critical thinking

3

3-0-0

45

Final

F401

Yoga Principles and Practice

Theory of Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Practice

3

1-1-1

60

Demos
+ Final

F005

Vedic Aesthetics

Vedic principles of beauty, Aesthetic experience, Style, Components of beauty, Process of creativity, Aesthetic appreciation

3

2-0-1

60

Mid + Final

F004

How to study Indic Sources-2

Ways of studying Indic Sources (in detail): Case study - Mahabhashya

3

1-1-1

60

Project

F003

Samskrit-2

Shaastriya Samskritam

3

1-1-1

60

Project

 

Elective - Advanced-1

 

3

3-0-0

45

Mid + Final

Total

     

21

 

375

 

Year-2, Sem-1

S019

General Research Methodology

Qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis

3

2-1-0

45

Mid + Final

S020

Domain-specific Research Methodology

Manuscriptology or clinical-specific and psychology-specific research

3

1-1-1

60

Mid + Final

R005

Specific Text-reading

Upanishad-reading, Yoga Sutra-reading

Artha Shaastra-reading

3

0-2-1

60

Project

 

Elective - Advanced-2

User-selected elective (2nd level)

3

3-0-0

45

Mid + Final

R001

Seminar course

Paper-reading on specific research topic

2

0-0-2

60

Continuous

R003

Independent study

Generating a report after independent study of a text

6

0-0-3

180

Report

Total

     

20

 

450

 

Year-2, Sem-2

R004

Term Project

Semester-long project in area of specialization

20

0-0-20

600

Project
Report

Total

     

20

 

600