M.A. (Sanskrit)

(This programme will be conducted in offline mode.)

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


This programme is designed for those who have basic knowledge of Sanskrit language and who want to pursue higher studies in Sanskrit.

In the first year, students pursue the study of Sanskrit at a higher level of proficiency and are introduced to various genres of literature. Students get opportunity to study selections from the Vedas, texts on grammar, philosophy, poetry, poetics, etymology, etc. Along with four core courses, we offer option to choose one audit course on the following topics - Ancient Indian Sciences, Modern Sanskrit Literature, Pali, Prakrit, Inscriptions and Manuscriptology, Buddhist Sanskrit Literature, Ancient Education Tradition, and Natyashastra and Musicology. Students get opportunity to explore less known fields in Sanskrit by studying some of these audit courses.


In the second year, students have to choose any one subject as specialization, either Darshana (Indian Philosophy) or Vyakarana (Grammar).


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Key Information


1. B.A. Sanskrit or Graduation from any other discipline with Diploma in Sanskrit from a recognized institute. 

2. Students from disciplines other than Sanskrit must have cleared the Diploma in Sanskrit or equivalent. Candidates with self-study of the domain will have to take an entrance exam.

3. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview. In case selected, they will have to undergo the entrance exam.

4. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.


Main purpose of M.A. Sanskrit programme is to cultivate the ability amongst the students to read and understand the original Sanskrit texts and their commentaries. Sanskrit has very wide range of topics. Vyakarana specialization helps the students to understand the precise and scientific framework of this ancient language. Darshana specialization helps the students to develop insights in the schools of Indian Philosophy. Teachers mainly adopt the constructivist approach of pedagogy by which students can participate in the process of understanding and not just passively receive the information. This approach helps to develop critical thinking amongst the students.


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Semester I Semester II
Vedic Literature Vedic Literature – II
Darśana - I Darśana - II
Vyākaraṇa - I Vyākaraṇa - II
Sāhitya - I Sāhitya - II
Elective Course -1 Elective Course -2
Ancient Indian Sciences Buddhist Sanskrit Literature
Modern Sanskrit Literature Ancient Education Tradition
Pāli Language - I Pāli Language - II
Prākṛt Language - I Prākṛt Language - II
Inscriptions and Manuscriptology Nāṭyaśāstra and Musicology
Semester III Semester IV
Vyākaraṇa Darśana and Nirukta Vākyapadīya
Darśana specific core I – Yoga and Advaita Vedānta I Darśana specific core I – Yoga and Advaita Vedānta II
Darśana specific core II – Nyāya Darśana I Darśana specific core II – – Navyanyāya and Buddhist Nyāya
Darśana specific Elective - 1 Darśana specific Elective - 1
Vedānta Traditions Bauddha Darśana
Upaniṣads Jain Darśana
Kashmir Śaivism Western Philosophy
Bhagavadgītā - I Bhagavadgītā - II
Vyākaraṇa specific core I – Tiṅanta Prakriyā Vyākaraṇa specific core I – Tiṅanta Prakriyā II
Vyākaraṇa specific core II – Taddhita and Kṛdanta Prakaraṇa Vyākaraṇa specific core II – Ṣaḍliṅgi Prakaraṇa
Vyākaraṇa specific Elective - I Vyākaraṇa specific Elective - I
Paribhāṣendu-śekhara Sandhi and Strīpratyaya
Paramalaghu-mañjūṣā Vaiyākaraṇa-bhūṣaṇa-sāra
Vyākaraṇa-Mahābhāṣya Vyākaraṇa-Mahābhāṣya II
Prākṛta Vyākaraṇa Prākṛta Vyākaraṇa II
Workshop – Research Methodology and tools useful for research Dissertation


Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham has expert faculty members, who have several years of experience in this field. 

Curriculum is designed in a way that students get sound knowledge of the Sanskrit language and they develop the ability to read and understand original Sanskrit texts at the end of programme. We offer Darshana and Vyakarana specialization in the second year of MA programme. We offer various options as an audit courses and encourage students to learn one more language, such as Pali, Prakrit or Tibetan.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books that is an invaluable resource for any student.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies regularly organises special lectures, seminars and workshops on different themes in areas of Religion, Culture and Philosophy. In addition, there are field trips to heritage sites. This offers students opportunities to meet students of other disciplines in informal learning forums which is an unmatched experience.

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Read and understand Sanskrit texts on their own 
  • Get opportunity to work in schools, colleges to work as a teacher or work as a researchers in Research institutes.

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