MA Hindu Studies
MA Hindu Studies offers multifaceted scope in exploring intriguing aspects of our lives and society. Answers to fundamental questions like ‘How religion impacts humanity?’ or the anthropological origin of religion or exploring the history of the literature of religion can be discovered through the course of the program.
In a more holistic term, the course of MA Hindu Studies won’t be just limited to the studies of Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, and Itihaasas but will also pave a way for you to realize the importance of economics and culture, politics, geography, foreign policies, Law and jurisprudence, Media and the Psychology of the society that played a vital role in shaping our perception of Hinduism as a religion.
In the course of Hindu Studies, you would stand to achieve the following:
- Articulate the position of Hindu values in the present context.
- Develop a Hindu view of the universe and all of its constituents (environment, the living, the non-living, and the humanity).
- Understand the philosophy of truth, justice, freedom, equity, women, and the environment.
- Understand relationships between Hindu philosophy, practices, economy, history, state, law, arts, religion, literature, culture, and societies.
- Study other religious, spiritual, and secular traditions, ideologies, and systems.
- Explore the chasm between science, religion, and spirituality.
- Develop methods for conflict resolution, promotion of truth, peace, and justice.
When it comes to studying or research related to Hindu Studies, there has been no significant ground-work on the same, which necessitates a renowned focus. With heightened strategic importance of India as a global power in terms of its diplomacy, strategic geo-political ties and consumer market, the inquisition related to Hindus Studies is pre-emptively analysed to grow significantly, offering lucrative career opportunities.
Qualifications and Duration
- 2 years: 4 semesters
- Any student with a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution.
[Students of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine may also apply]
LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES (LOCF)
A student with a MA degree in Hindu Studies shall:
- Develop a good understanding of foundational principles underlying Hindu civilization, society, and culture. These principles provide a basis through which Hindus, despite the endless diversity present amongst them, can relate to each other.
- Develop a good understanding of analytical methods through which knowledge is analyzed and processed. These methods fall in two categories:
- Methods as laid out in Hindu darshanas: Study of these methods is important as it will help the student understand Hindu conceptions of the individual, family, relationships, society, state, environment, and the entire cosmos. Further, such methods will also help her understand other societies, states, and civilizations through Bharatiya lenses.
- Methods as developed in the West: The principal methods amongst these are biographical, new-historicism, formalism, psychological (both Freudian and Jungian approaches), feminist, Marxist (and Critical theory), and post-colonial theory.
- Develop a good understanding of Sanskrit, as it is in Sanskrit that an overwhelmingly large number of Hindu texts, both spiritual as well as secular, have been written. Thus, working proficiency in Sanskrit is a must for an MA (Hindu Studies) program. Proficiency in addition is also encouraged.
- Develop a very good understanding of Hindu practices (related to the individual, family, society, and the state), and how these practices (past, as well as present) are manifestations of core Hindu foundational principles.
- Shall acquire some expertise through electives in one or more of the following areas of knowledge: history, economics, law, society, culture, politics, education, arts, ethics, literature, military, comparative religion, linguistics, and natural sciences. Such an understanding will help the student contextualize her understanding of “Hindu” in the present.
All students shall be expected to take a total of 16 courses. Each course shall have four credits. Of the sixteen courses, 9 courses shall be Core (i.e. compulsory), and the remaining 6 shall be Electives (i.e. optional). A single credit corresponds to 16 lecture hours.
MA Hindu Studies offers umbrella opportunities in building up a prospective career. You can explore more on three broad categories of:
With getting engaged with research activities or working in the ground level, you may do the following:
- Government Jobs
- Non-Government Jobs
- Recreation Business
- Spiritual Enlightenment
- Future Innovations