Minor in Sanskrit Language

Sanskrit, the divine language on the one hand, opens the doors to the history of rich heritage our ancestors preserved for us and on the other hand it helps to explore the new dimensions of the known sciences. The grammatical precision of Sanskrit, the metrical rhythm in it and the utmost importance given to the pronunciation of the words makes it one of the significant languages studied globally.

The course aims at giving the students the opportunity to explore the beauty of Sanskrit language through the knowledge of the basic structure of grammar, overview of the classical Sanskrit literature and some part of the textual extracts to be read and understood. The course also intends to help the students to grasp conversational Sanskrit. It can generate interest in students for further studies in Sanskrit. This programme also gives an insight to a learner to understand and interpret different styles of Sanskrit language and different subjects dealt in it.


Eligibility: HSC or equivalent


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Key Information


The course will be taught in interactive mode with reading, discussions and deliberations. Students will be guided through literary appreciation and also conversational aspects of Sanskrit. The emphasis will be on the increase in the vocabulary, reading skills and precision of pronunciation.


Semester I Semester II
Sanskrit Grammar Sanskrit Epics
Semester III Semester IV
Sanskrit Poetry and Drama Sanskrit Literature


Innovative curriculum, faculty with divert specializations, emphasis on student participation

  • Innovative Curriculum

    inclusion of various branches of knowledge in Sanskrit literature such as poetry, drama, epics as well as inscriptions and ancient sciences

  • Developing Key Skills

    The programme aims at developing understanding of the basic framework of Sanskrit grammar as well as sense of appreciation of the beauty of Sanskrit literature.

  • Library Collection

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

  • Seminars, Workshops and Field Trips

    In order to get deeper insight into the subject and to make the teaching learning process more interesting, various workshops will be organised from time to time. Students can also 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 a good grasp of elementary grammar and an appreciation of the literary and aesthetic appeal of Sanskrit literature.
  • Read simple passages from texts
  • Have an insight into the advances made in scientific fields in ancient India.
  • Be able to understand the role of inscriptions, found on rocks, pillars, coins, temple walls and copper plates, as an important source of our knowledge of ancient history.
  • Have gained an introduction to manuscripts and will be familiarized with issues of conservation, preservation and digitization as well.
  • The tutorials of the programme will give the students an opportunity to explore areas related to their own disciplines. These sessions will be conducted by Sanskrit teachers in close coordination with specialized teachers of various disciplines. Students will be encouraged to solve issues related to digitized materials; they can undertake verification of some points discussed in the texts on science; they can also undertake surveys related to the applicability of the principles discussed in the texts.

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