Diploma in Prakrit Language and Literature.

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Date of commencement: 21st July 2023
Days and timings: Fridays; 3.00 p.m. to 5.p.m.

Various studies of Prakrit language indicate it as one of the oldest and most popular laymen’s language of ancient India during early pre-Christian centuries. There is a big treasure of literature available up to 200 A.D. to 1200 A.D in various Prakrit languages, which introduce us with ancient history, culture and, tradition. Prakrit language can be interpreted as the natural language of the masses. We get Prakrit language development with many names, viz, Maharashtri, Magadhi, Ardhamagadhi, Paishachi, Pali, Shauraseni, Maharashtri and Apabhramsha.

Mahavira and Buddha popularized it through their sermons and consequently it became a literary language. The major subject matter of this work is related with Prakrit canonical literature spread over many centuries. Hence it is very necessary to understand Prakrit language to know the teachings of Mahavira and Buddha in detail. This Diploma is a bridge program for those who wish to pursue the M.A. (Jainology and Prakrit language) later.

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Key Information


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

2. Students should have cleared Certificate Course in Prakrit Language and Literature.


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
Intermediate Prakrit Language and Literature : 1 Intermediate 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 Diploma in Jainology builds on the learning of the Certificate Course in Prakrit Language and Literature and prepares students for the more rigorous MA programme.

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:

  • Be able to read and understand Maharashtri and Ardhamagadhi and become familiar with its grammar.
  • be able to study Jainism enriched by Prakrit language, hence understanding Jain Scriptures.
  • Students will be introduced to various dialects of Prakrit language found in plays and poems from the Gāhāsattasai.

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