Varanasi’s Sampurnanand Sanskrit University will start a two-year postgraduate course in Hindu Studies from the current session. The university becomes India’s first along with the Banaras Hindu University who is also planning to start a similar course.
The syllabus for MA Hindu Studies has also been finalized, said SSU vice-chancellor professor Hareram Tripathi. Professor Tripathi said the University Grants Commission chairman professor DP Singh gave verbal approval to the course that comprises topics like Vedanta, Indian Philosophy, Vedas, Shastrarth, Gyan Mimansa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Hindu Arts, and language. He added that “A comparative study of multiple religions and a comparative study of western and Indian philosophy is also part of it."
Moreover, a new department for this course will be established, professor Tripathi said. Eligibility for admission to the course will be graduation. SSU public relation officer Shashindra Mishra said, “To implement the two-year MA Hindu Studies course a webinar was organized recently under the chairmanship of UGC chairman. The acting vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, professor VK Shukla made a presentation regarding the entire syllabus. SSU VC professor Tripathi also attended the webinar.”