Sanskrit

Objective

The Department aims of providing-

  • Quality education at the Master Degree level
  • Research oriented education at the M. Phil level and
  • Full fledged research experience at the Ph.D. level

History

The Department of Sanskrit of Gauhati University was established in 1957 with the objective of disseminating knowledge of Sanskrit among the people of North East India. Over the years, the Department has produced a number of students who have served the society in different capacities. It completed fifty years of glorious existence in 2007. There are 14 faculty members in the Department. Prof. M.M. Sharma was the founder teacher of the Department. Eventually two other teachers joined the Department in the same year. Initially there were only four students and in the second batch this number got reduced to two students. Gradually there began a steady increase in the number of students. By 1994 the intake capacity in the M.A. course became 50. At present the intake capacity is 65.

Originally there was provision for teaching only classical Sanskrit literature. In 1968, special papers on Vedic literature were introduce in the M.A. Final year Class. In 1971 Darsana literature was introduced as special paper.

Proposals were placed in the Ninth plan for introduction of three more special groups viz,

Grammer
Pail and Prakrt and
Dharmasastras (Kamrup School)
From the year 2001 semester system had been introduced in the Department. A syllabus had been prepared to suit the new system. As against eight papers (total marks 800) in the annual system of examination, the total number of papers had been raised from eight to 12 (total marks 1200). Therefore, in keeping with the syllabus of NET, the number of papers had been again raised to 16 (total marks 1600) in the year 2005.

The Department started M. Phil courses on Kavya, Veda and Darsana in 1990 with an intake of 10 students.

The first Ph.D was produced under this University in 1967.

The first D. Litt was produced under this University in 2001

Courses

First Semester 400 marks
Second Semester 400 marks
Third Semester 400 marks
fourth Semester 400 marks
Total 1600 marks

Specializations Offered

Kavya (Classical sanskrit literature)
Veda (vedic literature)
Darshana (Indian Philosophy)
Ph.D.
M.Phil

Research

The department identifies the following areas of research-

Kavya
Dharmasastra
Darsana
Veda
Poetics
Vyakarana

Research Guides

Name of the Guides Areas No. of Scholars at Present
Prof. Nalini Devi Misra Veda 3
Prof. Rajendra Nath Sarma Darsana, Vyakarana 8
Prof. Maitreyee Bora Veda 2
Prof. Laksahira Gogoi Chutia Kavya, Poetics 2
Prof. Dipak Kr. Sharma Kavya, Poetics 4
Dr. Shrutidhara Chakraborty Kavya, Dharmasastra 4
Dr. Sujata Purakayastha Darsana 6
Dr. Manjula Devi Veda, Kavya 5
Dr. Mukta Biswas Darsana 6
Dr. Hiran Sarmah Darsana, Dharmasastra 5
Dr. Kameswar Shukla Kavya 2

Ongoing Research Projects

Title of the Project: Advaita Vedantic Epistemology
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sujata Purakayastha
Sponsored/Financed by: UGC
Amount: 85,000/-

Title of the Project: Value based education in the Upanisads Principal Investigator: Dr. Mukta Biswas Sponsored/Financed by: UGC Amount: 90,000/-

Name of the Principal Investigator Title of the Project Funding Agency Duration Amount(Rs)
Dr. K. Shukla Sanskrit Learning in Assam, contemporary challenges and suggested solutions UGC 2 years 6,09052/-
Dr. H. Sarmah Re-evaluation of ahimsa as envisaged in the ancient texts and its relevance in the North-East India UGC 2 years 4.98 lacs
Dr. S. Bhattacharjya Historical background of the important temples of assam and the scope of commercial and religious tourism there in UGC 2 years 9.30 lacks

Staff

Dipak Kumar Sharma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Kavya
Hiran Sarmah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Darshana
Binima Bujarbarua
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Kavya
Mukta Biswas
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Darshana
Kameshwar Shukla
MA (SSU, Varanasi) PhD (Gauhati) Kavya
Jagadish Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Veda
Manjula Devi
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Veda
Sudeshna Bhattacharjya
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Kavya
Nalini Devi Misra
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Veda
Upama Barman Deka
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Veda
Rajendra Nath Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Darshana
Shrutidhara Chakravarty
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Kavya
Sujata Purkayastha
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Darshana

Details of paper published in the Referred journals during the period:

Name of the Faculty Title of the paper Name of the journal with Vol. No. & Date
Prof. Nalini Devi Misra Observation on Vedic Craft Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488 Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013, ISBN
Prof. Sujata Purkayastha Prapancasaratantre Varnitam Darsanikatattvam Tantrasadhananca – Eka Samiksa, Surabharati, peer reviewed journal) Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488
Prof. Mukta Biswas Impact of Vedanta philosophy on Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s works. Surabharativil.12, the annual journal of the Department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University, 2012
Prof. Manjula Devi Ideals of Humanism reflected in the Vedas published in Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488
Prof. Shrutidhara Chakravarty An Appraisal of A Few Messages from the Works of Kalidasa: With Special References to Abhijnanasakuntala and Meghaduta. Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488
Dr. Sudeshna Bhattacharjya Srimadbhagavadgita-its importance in modern world Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488
Dr. Jagadish Sarma The Concept of the term Brahma in the Vedic Literature Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488
Dr. Kameshwar Shukla Siladute Jainacaravimarsha Surabharati, thepeer-reviewed Annual Research Journal of the Deptt.Of Sanskrit, GU Vol. XIII, 2011-12, ISSN 0976-4488

Paper published in other journals during the period (only those considered for API Score)

Name of the Faculty Title of the paper Name of the journal with Vol. No. & Date
Prof. Mukta Biswas 1.Humanism in Buddhism with special reference to the concept of compassion in Priyansudarpanah Mirror of Indic Wisdom.
2. Arms and Armours in Kautilya’s Arthasastra: Perspective of plant and animal origin in Jagadisayasolaksmih Indology on cloud
3. The Concept of Plant Science in Ancient Indian Literature in Vangmayam the half yearly journal of Trivenika Sanskrit Parisad
4. Reflection of Upanisadic thoughts in the literary and philosophical works of the Western Scholars in Vagiswari,
Pratibha Prakasan, New Delhi, 2013

Sanjay Prakashan, New Delhi, 2012

Allahabad, 2012

Assam University, Silchar, 2012
Prof. Nalini Devi Misra Reappraisal of the Vedic gods- the Maruts Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013, ISBN 978-81-7702-316-9
Prof. Sujata Purkayastha A Study of Saktism and Some Sakta Practices Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013, ISBN
978-81-7702-316-9
Prof. Manjula Devi Teacher-Pupil Relationship in the Vedic Era – An Appraisal Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013. , ISBN 978-81-7702-316-9
Prof. Shrutidhara Chakravarty An Analytical View on the Saying – putapakapratikasa ramasya karuno rasah Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013. , ISBN 978-81-7702-316-9
Dr. Sudeshna Bhattacharjya Bhartihari’s idea of cognition as reflected in his Vakyapadiya Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013. , ISBN 978-81-7702-316-9
Dr. Jagadish Sarma 1.The greatness of Agni in the Aitareya Brahmana
2. Asamar prathamgaraki saddarsanatirtha pandit Jibeswar Deva Goswami (Assamese)
3. Yajna Jijnasa
1.Priyamsudarpanah, Mirror of Indic Wisdom (P.P. Upadhyaya Commemoration Volume, Ed. by Prof. M. Bora, 2013. , ISBN 978-81-7702-316-9
2.Lauhityatirat Samaskrita Carca, Chandra Prakash, 2012
3. Makhasri, Pathshala, 2013
Dr. Upama Barman Deka 1.Life of woman depicted in the Dharmasastras
2. A note on the Atharvaveda-XV
3. Valmikiramayane Sampadita vedoktayagakriya
Universal review, SITBS, Kolkata, 2012
2. Wisdom Herald SITBS, New Delhi
3.Deptt. Of Sanskrit G.C. College, Silchar

Details of book published during the period:

Name of the Faculty Title of the book(s) Date of publications
Saraswati Nadir Kahini Nov. 2012

Contact

Sanskrit Department
Gauhati University
Guwahati 781 014
Assam, India.
Phone No : +91 - 0361 - 2570532 ,
Email :	
Website : sanskrit.gauhati.ac.in
                       

Events

K.K. Handiqui Memorial Lecturer (Annually)
J.R. Basu Memorial Lecturer (Annually)
Sanskrit Day on every Sravani Purnima
Referesher Courses
Seminars, Workshops, Symposium etc.

PUBLICATION

The Department publishes an annual Research Journal called ‘Surabharati’.

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