Certificate Course in Elementary Pali

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Programme details for Academic year 2024-25 will be updated soon


This programme is suited for beginners who would like to study Pali at a pace that allows an easier engagement with the grammar and vocabulary. Designed specifically for those who may not have much time to commit each week but are still keen to study the Buddha’s teachings in the original.

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Key Information


HSC or equivalent examination (e.g. 10+2)


Teaching-learning occurs in primarily in lecture format, but workshops add a practical dimension, with one of them being offered in the site-based learning mode. Selections from canonical literature form an integral part of the learning process, so that students become familiar with the different genres and styles, even as they hone their language skills.


Course Name
History of Pali Language and Literature
Pali Grammar I
Selections from Pali Nibandhavali
Workshop 1
Workshop 2


The Centre for Buddhist Studies has led the field in innovative curriculum design that addresses the learning needs of students who can engage full time, as well as those who pursue their passion part-time, at their own pace. The faculty have diverse specialisations, which is reflected in the syllabus.

The Certificate Course Elementary Pali provides a good foundation, based on which a student can pursue the Diploma in Pali at our institution.

Recognising that Buddhism is a living tradition, eminent members of the Sangha are regularly invited to or campus. This gives students an opportunity for experiential learning. The institution has had the privilege of hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama four times. ven. Dhammadipa, a Buddhist monk from the Czech republic, is an annual visitor who has taught several key programmes on meditation texts as well as led retreats.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books, which is an important resource.

In addition to the workshops that are an integral part of this programme, students can attend seminars, workshops and field trips that are offered by the institution across the various disciplines. This creates opportunities of learning beyond the classroom and permits interaction with students pursuing different interests: this is a key feature of the learning experience on our campus.

The most unique aspect of our Centre is community engagement at our outreach project, Jetavan, in rural Maharashtra, which is available for students to visit and volunteer for engagement. The centre has been set up in collaboration with Godavari Biorefineries and Ven. Dhammadipa.

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, a student will:

  • Have a good foundation in Pali language and literature of various genres.
  • Have an understanding of the fundamental concepts in Buddhism through short essays in Pali that will help the student in accessing canonical, narrative and post-canonical literature.

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