Certificate Course in Rock-cut Architecture

(This programme will be conducted in offline mode.)

Date of Commencement: 19th July 2024
Days: Fridays and Saturdays 
Timing: 6.00 pm. to 8.00 pm 

This programme has been designed specifically to engage members of the student as well as the larger community in a closer relationship with heritage structures. Along with classroom sessions, there will be extensive on-site learning, where students will learn new ways of seeing – ways that reveal interesting facets of the site’s history, its structural features reflecting increasing prowess over time, its role in the tradition, its connections with society not just as a centre of pious learning and ritual but as an active player in its socio-economic networks.

The entire semester will be spent studying one site: Kanheri caves in Mumbai. Our objective is to equip students with tools that will assist them to look at a heritage site in ways that reveal its importance from all perspectives: geographical, historical, sociological, as also religious, economic and philosophical significance.

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Key Information


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


The entire semester is dedicated to on site learning, offering an intensive engagement that enhances the ability to pursue heritage studies.


Rock-cut architecture: Kanheri


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 Certificate Course in Rock-cut Architecture is a unique programme, offered specifically to address the learning needs of students who have an interest in history and heritage. It incorporates one course from our M. A. programme, making this learning opportunity available to those who may not have the time to commit to a rigorous Master’s programme.

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

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.

Programme Outcomes

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

  • Have an understanding of the basic feature of Buddhist art and architecture. 
  • Be able to identify elements and basic iconography.
  • Have gained the skills to seek out the key features that reveal information about  the site and its connection with the social and economic networks at the time.
  • Be able to identify the trends and different phases of the evolution of Buddhist art and architecture.

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