M.A. in Sanskrit

Introduction

MIT SVS, in association with Hindu University of America, announces the launch of M.A. in Sanskrit designed for 21st century seekers. This Authentic, Convenient and Customizable program is meant for the smart seeker yearning to dive deep into the ocean of knowledge available in the Samskrit language.

Are you

  • a professional looking for Indic insights in arts, sciences or management?
  • a seeker of truth and meaning in life from Indic perspective?
  • an Indian searching for your Indic roots?

If yes, then the M.A. in Sanskrit program is your authentic gateway to the Indic dimension.

Target Audience

  • Students of traditional Samskrit gurukulas
  • Students of mainstream education
  • Working professionals interested in study of Indic knowledge systems

Benefits to Attendees

  • A well-recognized M.A. degree in Samskrit, with in-depth expertise in a specialized field
  • Focus on practice-oriented study of Indic knowledge, with solid foundation to conduct quality research
  • Facility for remote and/or part-time study to accommodate busy schedules
  • Immersive study of Samskrit in Samskrit medium which is essential for true mastery.

Objectives and Highlights

Objectives

To transform the growing number of Samskrit e­­nthusiasts worldwide into competent scholars well-equipped for rigorous academic study of Indic knowledge embedded in the Samskrit language

  • Become an expert in Samskrit – The key to ancient Indian knowledge
  • Gain direct access to Hindu source texts – Become an authentic exponent
  • Establish the foundations for original study and research

Rationale

A growing number of individuals worldwide, both Indians and others, are fascinated by the Samskrit language, partly due to their cultural affinity and partly due to Samskrit’s importance for studying Yoga, Āyurveda, spirituality and other Indian sciences. After learning basic Samskrit, they like to get a working knowledge of the literary, spiritual and scientific literature in that language, and hence look for a formal master’s degree that is well-recognized for further career options. They also prefer to use that knowledge to apply it in modern contexts.

However, many of them are working professionals or homemakers for whom it is not convenient to physically attend a regular university ecosystem full-time. Though several universities offer M.A. in Sanskrit through distance learning mode, the logistics and bureaucracy involved therein present major hurdles to passionate individuals in pursuing it. Finally, their syllabus does not offer the new breed of students with the choice that they wish to pursue in specific fields in an application-oriented manner. Today, Samskrit is primarily taught in universities as a literary language; but not as a medium for Indic scientific studies.

Value Proposition

M.A. Sanskrit program of MIT SVS addresses the intellectual as well as logistical gaps to transform Samskrit enthusiasts into scholars. Specifically, it offers a blend of guided and self-paced study for their convenience with the rigor of a university degree. It also offers a choice-based credits model with a variety of Indic knowledge streams to choose from as part of a formal master’s program.

Highlights

  • Immersive learning experience
  • Taught primarily in Samskrit (with some English) for access to native thought
  • Online classes – both, live and pre-recorded videos
  • Flexible course timings and delivery model – To cater to busy schedules
  • Block teaching for effective learning – 2 subjects taught in parallel at a time
  • Excellent faculty, hand-picked from global pool per subject

Program Details

The following 2 delivery options are available:

M.A. Degree: Online classes, on-campus exams (for students residing in India)

Masters’ Certificate: Online classes, online exams (for students residing outside India)

M.A. Degree – At a glance

Student Intake:

  • Minimum 10, maximum 50 per batch, admissions underway for August semester
  • Admissions transferred to next year if minimum # of admissions not received

Course Delivery Mode:

  • Medium of instruction: Predominantly Samskrit, with some English
  • Lectures: 6 – 7.30 pm, 8 – 9.30 pm IST Monday-Friday
  • Online classes (both recorded and real-time video lectures) via web conferencing
  • Evaluation (60% internal, 40% external): One quiz every 2 weeks, assignments, term projects with a report or essay for final evaluation
  • Final exams in December and May: Online component (open book) and an in-room component (closed book)
    • India-based degree: In-room online final exams conducted at MIT-ADT authorized centers in India and abroad by an authorized invigilator; Exam made accessible through OTP to student only at the designated time slot remotely by MIT-ADT exam cell in Pune
    • US-based degree: Online final exams (open book) administered by a US-based university affiliated to MIT SVS

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Aged 20 years and above
  • Passed MIT SVS’ Sanskrit Language Proficiency (SLP) test with a minimum score of 70%
    • MIT SVS offers a preparatory 2-credit (1-month) online course called Saṁskṛt-1 to help pass SLP test
    • Tests the ability to understand spoken (conversational) Samskrit, reading comprehension and analysis of ślokas
    • Alternatively, a student can learn basic Samskrit through Saṁskṛta-bhāratī or other means

Admission Criteria

A written Statement of Purpose and a phone interview (at the discretion of SVS)

Curriculum Outline

Program Design: Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi, Vice-chancellor, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Nagpur; Dr. Vaishnavi Nishankar, Faculty Member, MIT SVS and Dr. Sai Susarla, Dean, MIT SVS

Mandatory Subjects (13 slots):

·         Intro to the Vedas (1 course)

·         Paanini Vyakarana (4 courses)

·         Saahitya (4 courses)

·         Basic Nyaaya-vaisheshika and Miimaamsa (2 courses)

·         Term project

Elective Subjects (3 slots):

·         Veda streams: Rig, Yajus, Sama and Atharva Veda

·         Vedanga streams (2 levels): Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotisha, Vedanta

·         Foundation streams: Advanced Nyaaya-vaisheshika and Miimaamsa

 

Curriculum Outline and Schedule (Full-time Mode)

Assuming 15 work weeks per semester and 1 credit equals 15 hours of effort

Semester Course Name # credits (US) Total Hours

(US)

# credits (India) L-T-P
ratio(India)
Total Hours

(India)

1

 

Introduction to the Vedas – वैदिक-वाङ्मयम् 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Vyākaraṇa 1 3 45 5 2-1-2 75
Sāhitya – Landscape 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Vedic Science Foundations – शास्त्र-संरचना-पद्धतिः 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Total in semester 1 12   20    
2

 

 

Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Basic 3 45 5 2-1-2 75
Vyākaraṇa 2 3 45 5 2-1-2 75
Sāhitya – Padya 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Elective 1 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Total in semester 2 12   20    
3 Mīmāṁsā Basic 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Vyākaraṇa 3 3 45 5 2-1-2 75
Sāhitya – Nāṭaka 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Elective 2 3 5 3-0-2 105
Total in semester 3 12   20    
4 Term Project 3 45 5 2-1-2 75
Vyākaraṇa 4 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Sāhitya – Gadya & Campū 3 45 5 0-0-5 150
Elective 3 3 45 5 3-0-2 105
Total in semester 4 12   20    
Overall Total Credits 48   80    

 Elective Courses – Vedas or Śāstras

  • Elective 1 – Ṛgveda OR Basic {Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, Vedānta}
  • Elective 2 – Yajur+Sāmaveda OR Advanced {Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, Vedānta}
  • Elective 3 – Atharvaveda OR Advanced {Mīmāṁsā, Nyāya-vaiśeṣika}
Elective 1 Ṛgveda Basic
{Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, Vedānta}
Elective 2 Yajur+Sāmaveda Advanced

{Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, Vedānta}

Elective 3 Atharva­veda Advanced

{ Mīmāṁsā, Nyāya-vaiśeṣika}

Schedule of Course Offerings

In the table below, an entry means that a given course is taken by full-time mode students in their semester indicated by the column. “Full” means 2-year M.A. students and “Part” means 3-year M.A students. An entry in grey colour indicates that course can only be taken in that semester due to dependency constraints. For example, Specialization 1 can only be taken in semester 2 and not later.

Semester Teaching Courses Offered # credits

US/India

Sem 1

Yr1, sem1

Sem 2 Sem 3

Yr2 sem1

Sem 4 Sem 5

Yr3 sem 1

Sem 6
Aug – Dec

 

Introduction to Vedas 3/5 Full,Part
Vyākaraṇa 1 3/5 Full,Part
Sāhitya – Landscape 3/5 Full,Part
Vedic Science Foundations 3/5 Full Part
Yajur+Sāma-veda 3/5 Full,Part
Vyākaraṇa 3 3/5 Full,Part
Sāhitya – Padya 3/5 Full,Part
Mīmāṁsā Basic
Advanced {Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, Vedānta} 3/5 Full Part
Jan – May

 

 

Ṛg-veda 3/5 Full Part
Vyākaraṇa 2 3/5 Full,Part
Sāhitya – Nāṭaka 3/5 Full,Part
Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Basic 3/5 Full,Part
Basic {Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, Vedānta} 3/5 Full,Part
Atharva-veda 3/5 Full,Part
Vyākaraṇa 4 3/5 Full,Part
Sahitya – Gadya & Campū 3/5 Full,Part
Advanced {Mīmāṁsā, Nyāya-vaiśeṣika} 3/5 Full Part
Term Project 3/5 Full Part

 

Course code Course Name # of credits (US) Total Hours # of credits (others) L-T-P
ratio
Total Hours Course Overview
1

 

MAM101 Introduction to Vedas 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Introduction to Indic knowledge landscape

·         Role of Vedas in paving Indic way of life

·         Categorization and classification of Vedas

MAM102 Vyākaraṇa 1 3 45 5 2-1-2 75 ·         Vedic limbs pertaining to language (Sanskrit) – Śikṣā, Nirukta and Vyākaraṇa

·         Pāṇini, his predecessors and successors

·         Structure of Aṣṭādhyāyī

·         Siddhānta-kaumudī model

MAM103 Sāhitya – Landscape 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Indic literary landscape – kāvya & kāvyaśāstra

·         Categorization and classification of kāvya into its types etc.

·         Introduction to the tradition of kāvyaśāstra & its components

·         Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata – Illustrative (one adhyāya from each)

MAM104 Vedic Science Foundations 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Indic sources – How to study?

·         Introduction to the systematic structures of Vedic science literature

·         Role and utilization of structures of śāstra exposition in interpreting the śāstra

  Total in semester 1 9   20      
2

 

 

MAM201 Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Basic 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Introduction to the tradition of Nyāya and its later merger with the Vaiśeṣika school of thought

·         Categories of the Nyāya ontology: Based on Nyāya-sūtra of Gotama

MAM202 Vyākaraṇa 2 3 45 5 2-1-2 75 ·         Siddhānta-kaumudī – sañjñā, paribhāṣā and pañcasandhi prakaraṇas
MAM 203 Sāhitya – padya 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Kāvyaprakāśa – Ullāsa 1 & 2

·         Raghuvaṁśa Sarga 1 (selections)

·         Nītiśatakam – 2 paddhatis

MAE201 – MAE205 Elective 1 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 Options –

·         Ṛgveda

·         Jyotiṣa Basic

·         Yoga Basic

·         Āyurveda Basic

·         Vedānta Basic

Details in detailed syllabus

  Total in semester 2 9   20      
3 MAM301 Mīmāṁsā Basic 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Introduction to the tradition of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā

·         Categories of Pūrva- mīmāṁsā ontology: Based on Arthasaṅgraha of Laugākṣi Bhāskara

·         Study of complete text of Arthasaṅgraha

MAM 302 Vyākaraṇa 3 3 45 5 2-1-2 75 ·         Pushpa Dikshit – Dhātu-prakaraṇa (15 hours)

·         Laghu-siddhānta-kaumudī – Ajanta-prakaraṇa (10 hours)

·         Siddhānta-kaumudī: – Kāraka-prakaraṇa

MAM303 Sāhitya – Nāṭaka 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Nāṭyaśāstra of Bharata (selections)

·         Svapna-vāsavadatta (Sixth act)

·         Abhijñāna-śākuntala (Fourth act)

MAE301 – MAE305 Elective 2 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 Options –

·         Yajur-veda & Sāma-veda

·         Jyotiṣa Advanced

·         Yoga Advanced

·         Āyurveda Advanced

·         Vedānta Advanced

Details in detailed syllabus

  Total in semester 3 9   20      
4 MAM401 Term Project 3 45 5 0-0-5 150 ·         Guided independent study of a text pertaining to the śāstra chosen for specialization and preparation of dissertation /paper for seminar

[Content to be finalized on discussion with relevant faculty and permission from department]

MAM 402 Vyakarana 4 3 45 5 2-1-2 75 ·         Laghu-siddhānta-kaumudī: samāsa-prakaraṇa

·         Introduction to philosophy of Vyākaraṇa – Vyāḍi and Bhartṛhari

·         Overview of Vākyapadīya of Bhartṛhari

·         Vākyapadīya: (selections)

MAM403 Sahitya – gadya 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 ·         Dialectics of kāvya-śāstra – Selecetions from Rasagaṅgādhara

·         Features and classification of prose literature in Sanskrit

·         Kādambarī – Śukanāsopadeśa

·         Viśvaguṇādarśa-campū – Bhūloka-varṇana

MAE401 – MAE403 Elective 3 3 45 5 3-0-2 105 Options –

·         Atharva-veda

·         Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

·         Mīmāṁsā Advanced

Details in detailed syllabus

  Total in semester 4 12   20      
Overall   48   80      

Fee Structure

Fee for the entire program

  • For residents of India: 1,20,000 INR (₹1500 per credit, 80 credits)
  • For others (only Masters’ Certificate in Sanskrit): 7,200 USD ($150 per credit, 48 credits)

Admission Procedure

To register your interest in this degree program, please fill the following form:

https://goo.gl/forms/DHfoIs6rsAJ0LwjB2

For further details, send an email to info.mitsvs@gmail.com

Date and Duration

Start Date: In July 2019

  • Program Duration: Full-time mode (for students based in India):
    • 80 credits spread over 2 years / 4 semesters @ 20 credits or 4 subjects per semester
    • Semester 1: August 1 – December 15, Semester 2: January 1 – May 15; Final exam in the last 15 days
    • Course load: 20 hours / week
  • Program Duration: Part-time mode (for students based in India):
    • 80 credits spread over up to 3 years / 6 semesters @ 12 credits or 3 subjects per semester
    • Course load: 10-12 hours / week
  • Program Duration: Full-time mode (for students based in the U.S.):
    • 47 credits spread over 2 years / 4 semesters @ 9-12 credits or 3-4 subjects per semester
    • Lecture load: 9-12 hours / week