Sanskrit is a repository of unlimited invaluable knowledge of Ancient Indian Heritage. There is an urgent need for knowledge mining from Ancient Sanskrit texts for bridge building between the past and the future through the present. Keeping this in view, a unique research oriented Department of Sanskrit Studies was established in 2006 which will act as an interface between Sanskrit and the sub-fields of the Humanities, Social Science and the Sciences.
The Department offers a Ph. D. program in Sanskrit Studies. While the present focus of program is in Language Technologies and Ayurveda, the Department encourages research in Sanskrit Studies in other disciplines such as Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Management, etc. The Ph.D. Program extends over a minimum period of two years from the date of confirmation of admission. The nature of each program is individually decided for each candidate, which will include four courses and a dissertation on an approved topic under the Faculty guidance.
The candidates admitted to Ph.D. programme in the department will be governed by the following rules:
The goal of Language Technologies discipline is to “Train Sanskrit Scholars in the emerging field of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics showing the relevance of traditional śābdabodha theories to the field to computational Linguistics, thus bridging the gap between the past and the present.” During the course, the student will be exposed to the basics of mathematics, statistics, logic, computer programming and NLP in addition to the exposure to the linguistics and strengthening their base of Vyākaraṇa.
The goal of Ayurveda discipline is to conduct literary research in Ayurveda to redefine the concept of 'svāsthya' besides establishing an interdisciplinary dialog between Sanskrit, philosophy and medicine. Students are trained to work on the linguistic aspects of samhitās, contextual interpretations, authenticity of existing translations and encouraged to generate data useful for pre-clinical research, based on original texts.
The entrance examination for Ph.D. consists of two part – 'A' and part 'B'.
Part 'A' consists of 25 objective type questions (25 marks). The questions will be on vyakarna/ linguistics and on general Sanskrit. The purpose of examination will be to test the understanding of concepts rather than mere memorization. There will be negative marking for this part, and 0.33 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Part 'B' will have three sub-sections. The first sub section consists of 10 marks, wherein the candidate has to write a short note on the topic in which he would like to do research, explaining the methodology involved. The second sub-section involves essay type questions (20 marks) to test the aptitude of the candidates for research. The third sub-section consists of 6 short answer type questions (20 marks). The questions in second and third sub-sections are on the topic of specialisation. Student interested in pursuing research in Ayruveda will answer questions related to Ayurveda discipline and those interested in pursuing research in Language technologies will answer questions from Vyakarana, linguistics, NLP, Computational linguistics and Navya Nyaya
Ph.D. Sanskrit Studies:
a) M.A. in Sanskrit or equivalent with at least 55% marks / P.G. Diploma in Sanskrit from a recognized Institution,
M.Phil Degree or qualified in UGC JRF/RGNF/MANF/ NET/SET/ SLET OR M.A. in Natural Language Processing / PG Diploma in Computational Linguistics/ PG Diploma in Linguistics/P.G. Diploma in Manuscriptology / Master’s degree with at least 60% marks in any subject with 2 years of teaching experience in a degree college/Two years of teaching or research experience in the subject concerned or closely related area in a University department or recognized institute of higher learning/a minimum of 3 publications in a recognized refereed journal in the subject in which admission is sought.
b) B.A.M.S. with at least 55% marks
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