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Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

Course content:

This course introduces the ontology and classificatory schema of the merged system of Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika as presented in the primer named Tarka-saṅgraha, which is reviewed with refined definitions and logical arguments using the Navya-nyāya terminology. Using a key commentary named Dīpikā, the course develops the system of definitions and logic, and the generation of the complex terminology and technical language which came to be regarded as a benchmark of intellectual expression across all Hindu śāstras.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the ontological schema of the universe according to the empirical / realist school of thought in the Vedic systems of Philosophy.
  2. Recognize how definitions are improvised and enhanced to obtain faultlessly accurate descriptions of various entities in the universe and their characteristics.
  3. Ability to work with i.e. sort and define entities and attributes of other knowledge systems and work domains.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites:  Completion of the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic course

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar

Quarter Offered:  Summer Quarter

Sāhitya Landscape

Course content:

This course explores the landscape of Sanskrit literature, theories of literary composition as well as specific authors and their works. The fundamental features, classifications, and theories of prose, poetry, drama, and campū (mixed medium) literature are explored in this course along with illustrations of poetic elements from the epic poetries of Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the landscape of classical literature and poetics in Sanskrit
  2. Understand the elements of aesthetics and its experience according to the Indic theories in poetics
  3. Independently identify the type and nature of a kāvya and appreciate the elements of aesthetics and poetics imbued in it

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites:  Admission into the Masters Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof Madhusudan Penna

Quarter Offered:  Every Summer

The Vedas (Yajus-Sāma)

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the features and contents of the Yajurveda and Sāmaveda as well as illustrations from the Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa, Āraṇyaka and Upaniṣad sections, that show how they differ from each other. The various musical svara-s (intonations) of the Sāmaveda are also featured in this course.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Yajur and Sāma Vedas as well as an overview of their content
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language
  4. Distinguish the convergence and divergence in nature, features, form, content, structure, and utility of the four Vedas, with regards to Vedic practices.

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of the course “Introduction to the Vedas”

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof. Ramanujacharya

Quarter Offered:  Summer Quarter

Vedic Science Foundations

Course Content:

This unique course teaches students how to study the Vedic śāstras by introducing the various layers of knowledge embedded in them i.e. at the revelation (vidyā), perception (darśana) and expression (śāstra) levels. It enables students to recognize the various structures and methodologies employed in the śāstras for defining the purpose, presentation of content, interpretation, validation, and verification of the text in a systematic manner, that allows the text to be embedded and preserved within a tradition of practice. These structures and methodologies span across various Indic knowledge traditions and understanding them to enable the śāstric treatises to become more intelligible to the students in their independent study.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the well-formulated structures in Vedic texts that aid in unambiguous interpretation as well as preservation
  2. Independently identify the structures in technical texts and comprehend the import of the texts with aid of the structures
  3. Understand the nature of systematic presentation and validation of the technical content in these Vedic śāstras

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites:  Admission into the Masters’ Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty:  Prof Shrinivasa Varakhedi

Quarter Offered: Every Summer

Vyākaraṇa – III

Course content:

The course introduces nominal and verbal analysis and generation and elucidates the treatment of semantics in the model of Pāṇini.

In this four-part course of study, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nominal and verbal analysis and generation in the model of Pāṇini.
  2. Understand the semantic connection among words in a sentence and how sentence meaning is derived.
  3. Use the karaka model in computational word sense disambiguation.
  4. Understand the computational methods used by Pāṇini to accommodate exceptions and deviations in language while framing morphological rules.

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Completion of Vyākaraṇa – II

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr.Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered: Every Summer Quarter