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Advanced Sanskrit – Grammatical Structures and Verses

Course Content

  1. The fifth declension / Ablative case for pronouns
  2. Introduction to Ayurveda
  3. The sixth declension / Genitive case, the ktavatu usage, gerunds
  4. Introduction to BhAgavatam
  5. Wise sayings and their meanings in Sanskrit
  6. The seventh declension / Locative case

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze noun and verb structures of verses and proverbs.
  • Recognize passages from popular Sanskrit texts; and
  • Paraphrase using grammatically correct Sanskrit.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies 

Program of Study:  Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0303 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu , Smt. Brindha Aangarai Venkataraman

Start Date: April 12, 2022

End Date: June 14, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

Advanced Sanskrit – Poetry, Literature, Writings, and Biographies

Course Content

  1. Vidhiling lakAra, tavyat, aneeyar usages
  2. 4 types of sandhis (yAntavAntAdesha-sandhi, pUrvarUpa-sandhi, shchutva-sandhi, and jashtva-sandhi)
  3. Prose order (anvaya-krama)
  4. Maxims and Analogies (laukeeka-nyAya) – sthAlipulAka-nyAya, ghaTTakuTeeprabhAta-nyAya
  5. Introduction to 3 great poets of Sanskrit literature (bANa, gangAdevee, tirumalAmbA)
  6. Letter writing in Sanskrit

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Construct phrases with additional tenses and conjugates;
  • Examine important proverbs embedded in the literature;
  • Create correspondence via standard letter writing norms; and
  • Inquire further into biographies of poets and litterateurs.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0402

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Srinath Chakravarty

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Start Date: April 12, 2022

End Date: June 14, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Advanced Sanskrit – Tenses, Moods, & Cases

Course Content:

  1. Imperative Mood
  2. 2nd vibhakti
  3. 7th vibhakti
  4. Future tense
  5. Past tense
  6. 6th vibhakti
  7. Numbers
  8. Wise sayings

Learning Objectives:

  1. Using different tenses, moods, and cases (2nd, 6th & 7th vibhakti)
  2. Using future and past tense in detail
  3. Using larger numbers
  4. Reading, writing, and comprehending longer stories, essays, verses, etc.

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Beginner phase (SAN0204)

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Srinath Chakravarty 

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

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Advanced Sanskrit -Tenses, Parts of speech, Poetry Analysis in Sanskrit

Course Content

  1. Introduction to lakAra, especially the 4 important ones
  2. The sambodhanam declension / Vocative case
  3. Use of some prepositions and their associated declensions
  4. How to rearrange a shloka to understand the verse meaning
  5. Adjectives and their genders

Learning Objectives:  In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify and utilize tenses, cases, and parts of speech;
  • Recognize various adjectives and associated genders;
  • Interpret poetic verses and define their prose order; and
  • Compose stories and conduct conversations in detail.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP) 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0304

Faculty / Instructor:  Sri Chandrasekar Raghu , Smt. Brindha Aangarai Venkataraman, Smt. Pallavi Amin

Quarter Offered:  Summer 2022

Start Date: July 19, 2022

End Date: September 20, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Advanced Sanskrit- Conjugates, Voices & Sanskrit Literature

Course Content

  1. 4 types of sandhis (svara-sandhi, guNa-sandhi, vRuddhi-sandhi, and yaN-sandhi)
  2. Prose order (anvaya-krama)
  3. Atmanepada verbs
  4. karmaNi-prayoga (Passive voice)
  5. bhAve-prayoga (Impersonal voice)
  6. “kta” usage
  7. Introduction to 4 great poets of Sanskrit literature (vAlmeeki, vyAsa, mAgha, and kAlidAsa)

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Distinguish some of the basic types of conjugates.
  • Express sentences in different voices and verb endings.
  • Capture the essence of the biographies of great poets; and
  • Practice their skills at writing simple stories and essays.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN 2001/SAN0401 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Srinath Chakravarty  

Start Date:  January 11, 2022

End Date:  March 27, 2022

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: Tuesday – 08: 30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

Beginning Sanskrit – Sentences & Comprehension

Course Structure 

This course is structured in the form of one Quarter (10 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Students will take an exam at the end of the course during the 11th week. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the course will be based upon material contained in the SB – USA – published books, “PRAPADYA” augmented with other appropriate course content.

This course is structured to allow a beginner level student to start listening, writing, and reading the DevanAgari Script through a streamlined set of exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  1. More exposure to combined letters (samyukta-akSharANi) 
  2. Engage in simple reading and conversation 
  3. Combine words and phrases for short narratives 

Course Contents:

  1. Combination Letters
  2. Knowing the parts of speech
  3. Learning to read the clock in samskritam
  4. Simple sentences, stories, and conversations
  5. subhAShitAni (wise-sayings)
  6. The three different puruSha (persons) & linga (genders)

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP) 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0102

Faculty / Instructor:  Sri Chandrasekar Raghu , Smt. Pallavi Amin

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Start Date: July 17, 2022

End Date: September 17, 2022

Day: Sunday

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase is the foundation of 4 courses for students of all ages, from 9th Grade onward. It is the first of three successive phases – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, which together comprise the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency. It assumes no prior knowledge of the Sanskrit script or language. The medium of instruction is English, and the course is easily accessible for a global audience. It is a 4 – Quarter, 44 – week detailed study that prepares beginner level students, i.e., those without any prior knowledge of Sanskrit, to achieve a level of comfort with the Sanskrit language that will enable them to enter the higher-level courses with ease. The Beginner Level CPSP is aimed at high school students and adults with a passion to learn a new language, those who are keen to engage with the texts and literature of Hinduism and its numerous derivative knowledge systems. It is taught by dedicated HUA Faculty members, via a user-friendly Online Platform, featuring a learning model that uses live virtual classrooms.

Learning Objective:

This course is structured to allow a beginner level student to start listening, writing, and reading the Sanskrit Script DevanAgari through a streamlined set of exercises. In this phase, the students will be able to: 

  • Understand the origin of various sounds in Sanskrit.
  • Pronounce and writing the Sanskrit alphabets that are single letters, both vowels, and consonants.
  • Pronounce and writing the Sanskrit combination letters and using them in forming words.
  • Recite simple Sanskrit verses with the correct pronunciation.
  • Read and write simple prose passages in DevanAgari and build basic vocabulary.
  • Complete simple exercises and gaining the right skills required for further studies in Sanskrit.
  • Study purusha, vacana, and linga in depth.
  • Engage in simple reading and conversation.
  • Combine words and phrases for short narratives.

Program Structure:

The Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 year) sequence, 1.5 Credit hours each. This will add up to 60 hours of instruction and 120 hours of self-study in total. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the Program will be based upon material contained in the SBusa published books, “ Ayanam ” “SaariNee”, “Prapadya ” & “Supada” augmented with other appropriate course content.

At the end of the 4th quarter, students may enter the intermediate phase of the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency which will also consist of 4 quarters i.e., 44 weeks.

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase

Faculty / InstructorShri. Chandrasekar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase is the foundation of 4 courses for students of all ages, post high school (Grade 12 or GED). It is the second of three successive phases – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, which together comprise the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency. It assumes completion of the Beginner Phase of Sanskrit proficiency program. The medium of instruction is English, and the course is easily accessible for a global audience. It is a 4 – Quarter, 44 – week detailed study that prepares students with prior Sanskrit Knowledge to be capable of practicing reading, writing, and composing simple passages as well as engaging in simple conversations that will enable them to enter the higher-level courses with ease. The Intermediate Level CPSP is aimed at high school students and adults with a passion to learn a new language in depth and try to apply that when studying, the texts and literature of Hinduism and its numerous derivative knowledge systems. It is taught by dedicated HUA Faculty members, via a user-friendly Online Platform, featuring a learning model that uses live virtual classrooms.

Learning Objective:

This course is structured to allow a beginner level student to start listening, writing, and reading the Sanskrit Script DevanAgari through a streamlined set of exercises. In this phase, the students will be able to: 

  • Comprehending and writing simple stories and songs
  • Recognize common Sanskrit words and phrases
  • Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation
  • Identify and use basic structures like numbers, tenses, simple verbs, and other parts of speech
  • Expand vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Develop the ability to use moderately complex expression 
  • Engage in simple reading and conversations 
  • Combine words and phrases for short narrative
  • Practice reading, writing, and composing simple passages 

Program Structure:

The Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 year) sequence, 1.5 Credit hours each. This will add up to 60 hours of instruction and 120 hours of self-study in total. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the Program will be based upon material contained in the SBusa published books, “SUSHAMA” and “MUKULAM” augmented with other appropriate course content.

At the end of the 4th quarter, students may enter the advanced phase of the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency which will consist of 8 quarters i.e., 88 weeks.

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase

Faculty / InstructorShri. Chandrasekar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Intermediate Sanskrit – Nouns & Declensions

Course Content

  1. The first declension / Nominative case
  2. Introduction to rAmAyaNam
  3. The second declension / Objective case, the simple present tense
  4. Introduction to nAtya-shAstram
  5. The third declension / Instrumental case, the future tense
  6. Introduction to pancha-tantram
  7. The third declension / Instrumental case, the imperative mood
  8. Introduction to vyakarana-shAstram
  9. The fourth declension / Dative case
  10. Introduction to mahAbhAratam
  11. The fifth declension / Ablative case
  12. Introduction to darshana-shAstram

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Distinguish and Classify noun declensions;
  • Appreciate basic verses from select passages;
  • Examine and Recognize the grammatical outline of Sanskrit;
  • Practice reading, writing, and composing simple passages; and
  • Use different parts of speech and their variations.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0203 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Srinath Chakravarty

Start Date:  July 14, 2022

End Date:  September 15, 2022

Day: Thursday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Intermediate Sanskrit – Stories & Songs

Course Content:

  1. Prathama puruShaH
  2. Madhyama puruShaH
  3. Uttama puruShaH
  4. Singular, dual, and plural words
  5. Wise sayings and their meanings in Samskritam
  6. Short stories & songs   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Using the three persons (purusha)
  2. Using the dual number
  3. Using numbers and studying how they vary with genders
  4. Comprehending and writing simple stories and songs

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: Completion of Certificate Program of Sanskrit Proficiency- Beginner Phase (SAN0104)

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar RaghuSmt. Rama Shripati

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

Start Date: April 11, 2022

End Date: June 20, 2022

Day: Monday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Intermediate Sanskrit – Vocabulary & Structure

Course Content

  1. Tenses: Present, past, and future; in both Parasmaipada and Atmanepada forms
  2. The Imperative mood, in both Parasmaipada and Atmanepada forms
  3. The third declension / Instrumental case
  4. Comparing things
  5. Cardinal and ordinal forms of numbers
  6. Synonyms and antonyms
  7. Past participles, gerunds, infinitives
  8. Prefixes, Interrogative words
  9. Simple sentences, stories, and conversations
  10. Pairing words to combine simple sentences
  11. Expanding the vocabulary through categories of words

Learning Objectives: 

In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Expand vocabulary and sentence structure;
  • Develop the ability to use moderately complex expressions;
  • Engage in simple reading and conversation; and
  • Combine words and phrases for short narratives.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study:  Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0202

Faculty / InstructorSri Srinath Chakravarty  

Start Date: April 14, 2022

End Date: June 16, 2022

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Day: Thursday

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

Orientation to Hindu Studies

Course Content:

This course will offer a preliminary reflection on the central themes and ideas of Hinduism leading to an understanding of the common foundations of the great variety of traditions and practices within the umbrella of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism. It will survey the central ideas of Hinduism – covering an Ontology of key Sanskrit terms and the principal ideas that are central to the cosmology, practice, and expressions of Sanatana Dharma. It will include reflections and perspectives on these core concepts, using selected readings from source texts such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Itihaasa, Bhagavad-Gita and Puranas. But it is not a Hinduism 101 course!
The course will also review the complex challenges that arise at the confluence of Hindu and western thought. The Hindu worldview based on Dharma with its emphasis on duties and responsibilities and sustainability of life will be contrasted with contemporary ideologies and their focus on rights and privileges, competition, exploiter-exploited binary, and survival of the fittest. The distinction between a discourse of knowledge and a discourse of power will be drawn out, as two alternate paradigms. Through this, the course will develop an overview and insight into the design of the curriculum offered by the Hindu University of America i.e., the context, and the paradigm that informs that design. It will examine the impact of colonial
discourse on postcolonial Hindu experience and leave students with the pressing urgency of intellectual decolonization. And as it distinguishes between colonial perspectives that constitute the received knowledge on Hinduism, from the lived reality of Hindus, it will present the significance and importance of Hindu studies today, in a deeply moving, inspiring and transformative way.

Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
a) Explore alternate paradigms, various options and trajectories available within the Hindu Studies Program
b) Distinguish the central ideas and concepts that constitute the Foundations of Hindu Dharma
c) Evaluate different elective areas of study and Courses offered: Sanskrit Studies, Texts and Traditions, Yoga Studies, History and Method, Post-Colonial Hindu studies and Conflict and Peace studies.
d) Distinguish between pathways towards a deep study of Hindu thought, or towards deep engagement with western thought from a Hindu perspective
e) Discover and Create pathways for engagement with the Hindu Studies curricula

Class Structure:
There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 90 minutes, the discussion time will be free format, and can continue for an additional 30 minutes. During the course, students will be required to submit one short essay. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students' self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far, and what has touched and inspired them deeply.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation

Program: Certificate Program in Hindu Studies (C.P.H.S), Community Education Program (C.E.P), Doctor of Philosophy in Hindu Studies, Master of Arts in Hindu Studies (M.A.H.S)

Required/ Elective: This course is a prerequisite for admission into Masters’ and Doctoral program in Hindu Studies. It is also a required Core course for the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies.

Prerequisites: None.

Faculty: Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan(along with others)

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Start Date: July 15, 2022

End Date: September 23, 2022

Day: Friday

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022