Certificate Course in Prakrit Language and Literature

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Date of commencement: 13th August 2022
Days and timings: Saturdays; 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The word Prakrit is derived from Pra-kruti which means nature and so Prakrit is a natural language. It is the name for a group of Middle Indo Aryan languages which were popular dialects of ancient India, spoken until the 4th-8th centuries. This programme focusses on Maharashtri, Shauraseni, magadhi and Ardhamagadhi Prakrits, introducing grammar from the well-known text, Hemchandra’s Vyakarana.

Prakrit literature is a treasure of ancient Indian texts of various genres: epics, poems, romantic and narrative literature, as well as doctrinal and philosophical treatises. Inscriptions at ancient heritage sites are generally found in Prakrit and this language is invaluable for students of history and archaeology.

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Key Information


HSC or equivalent.


Teaching-learning occurs in lecture format. Students are encouraged to actively participate in seminars and workshops that are regularly organised. Field trips are also scheduled whenever possible, to sites of Jain heritage.


Semester I Semester II
Prakrit Language and Literature : 1 Prakrit Language and Literature : 2


The Centre for Studies in Jainism has consistently designed curriculum in ways that addresses the learning needs of the community who can engage full time, as well as those who pursue their passion part-time, at their own pace. Faculty have diverse areas of interest and syllabus reflects this in the elective options offered.

The Certificate Course in Prakrit Language and Literature is an introductory programme that builds the foundation on which further study of the language may be undertaken.

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 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.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of successful completion of the course the student will:

  • Have a good grasp of the Grammar of Maharashtri Prakrit and distinguish it from Shauraseni, Magadhi and Ardhmagadhi Prakrit
  • They will have an insight into Jain literature and philosophy.