M.A. (Jainology and Prakrit) | M.A.(Jainology&Prkrt

Jainism is an ancient Indian religious and philosophical tradition, which has unbroken continuity up to the present day. Two prominent schools developed within this tradition very early in its history: the Digambara and Shwetambara sects. In this program students will be introduced to the textual tradition of both the sects. An important feature of this program is the study of Prakrit over the two-year period, with well-designed elective options that will introduce students to the texts in their original medium in Ardhamagadhi.

The programme features distinctive features of Jainism and its historical development in the Indian religious context; the contribution to Jainism to the development of Language, Art and Architecture, Logic, Philosophy and Education is a theme that is also explored. Language proficiency, which prepares students for further research in this field.

The programme calendar at the institute includes seminars and workshops that add to the depth of the curriculum.

 

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Key Information

Eligibility

B. A. in Jainology or Bachelor’s in any discipline, from a recognized University. Students from disciplines other than Jainology will need to have completed our Diploma in Jainology or Prakrit, in order to qualify. Exceptional students with self-study of Jainism may also be considered, but will have to undergo an entrance exam.

Pedagogy

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.

Curriculum

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Semester I Semester II
Jain History and Culture Jain Adhyatma (Samayasara) 1-68 Gatha
Prakrit Language and its Development Jain Agama Literature in Prakrit
Electives Group 1 Electives Group 1
Ahiṃsā and Three Jewels (Acārāṅga) Adhyayana-1-4 Jain Ethics / Acharmimamsa (Sravakachara)
Jain Epistemology (Pravacansāra) 1-52 Gāthā Jain Ethics / Acharmimamsa (Sramanachara)
Electives Group 2 Electives Group 2
Maharashtri Language and Literature Shauraseni - Language and Literature
Introduction to Magadhi Prakrit Ardhamagadhi – Language and Literature
Semester III Semester IV
Jain Cosmology (Loka mimamsa) Jain Educational System (Uttaradhyayan) Vinayasutta
Prakrit Linguistics Writing Skills in Prakrit Language
Electives Group 1 Electives Group 1
Aaptmimamsa and Sarvagyasiddhi (Aptmimamsa) 1-36 karika Jain Logic (Prameyratnmala) 1-2 samuddesha
Anekant and Syadwad (Aptmimamsa) 8-10 parichched Jain Yoga and Meditation (Gyanarnava) 3-4 Chapter
Electives Group 2 Electives Group 2
Muktak and Sattak in Prakrit Shilalekhi Prakrit
Apabhramsha Language and Literature Prakrit Katha Sahitya

Differentiators

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 M.A. (Jainology and Prakrit) is a unique programme, offered specifically for students who wish to prepare for research and includes language skills which are an essential skill.

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 firm foundation in the principles of Jainism.
  • Read selections from both traditions and become familiar with reading original sources.
  • Developed language skills to pursue further study and research.
  • Gained an insight into Jain philosophy.
  • Have a deeper understanding of the tradition as it is lived today