The department of Sanskrit is eminently known internationally for research in the field of Indian philosophy. It aims at studying problems and concerns of philosophy cutting across traditions and narrow disciplinary boundaries. Issue-oriented approach in teaching and research is the core focus of teaching and research in the department.
The academic programmes of the Subject are intended to provide students a strong foundation in the discipline of philosophy by encouraging engagements with substantive questions. Along with the study of foremost themes in ontology, epistemology, and ethics, the curricula of the subject have been designed to explore in-depth knowledge of Indian philosophy. The courses of study also focus on training students to read original texts, both classical and contemporary, and to write essay on philosophical themes.
The course offered by the department subsumes all important schools of Indian Philosophy. The representative texts of Sāṁkhya, Yoga, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Advaita Vedānta, Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta, Śaivism and Mīmāṁsā among the orthodox schools and Buddhism, Jainism and Cārvākas among the heterodox schools are prescribed in the course. Our students are privileged to get an authentic knowledge of Indian Philosophy through primary sources. This option has always been popular among the students as it does not only sharpen one’s mind and inculcate a rational approach towards life, but opens some other alternatives for career building as well.
This group has an illustrious past of academic grandeur. Prof. T.S. Rukmani, currently Professor & Chair of Hindu studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada is the first Ph.D. scholar from this option. In the last 60 years, we have carried out ample researches through our Ph. D. programme on different schools of Indian Philosophy. A short description of the theses awarded degrees is as follows: Cārvākas-01, Upaniṣad-26, Sāṁkhya –Yoga – 12, Mīmāṁsā – 15, Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika – 22, Buddhism-01, Jainism – 08, Advaita Vedānta – 35, Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta-03, Dvaita Vedānta – 02, Dvaitādvaita Vedānta (Bhāskara) – 02 , Others-14.
Presently, there are about twenty five research scholars enrolled in the department in this area.