• 87/1 College Street, Kolkata – 700073

Department of Sanskrit


Year of Establishment : 1907

History of the department :

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body :

Faaculty / Doctoral / Post Doctoral Fellows /  Students National / International Source of Funding Outstanding Participant Year
Faculty National The Asiatic Society, Kolkata; S.C. Chakraborty Medal Ratna Basu 2012
  National Felicitation by Sri Shankaracharya Skt. Uni -do- 2013
Faculty National Indian Institute of Heritage, Kolkata; Swami Vivekananda Award Ravindranath Bhattacharya 2014
Faculty International Honorary Citizenship by Govt. Fiji Kamal Kishor Mishra 2012
  International Certificate of Honour by Ministry of Education, Govt. of Fiji -do- 2012
  National Vidyasagar by Vikramshila Hindi Vidyapeeth, Ujjain -do- 2013
  National Vidushi Vidyottama Stree Samman by Vikramshila Hindi Vidyapeeth, Ujjain -do- 2013
  National  Teachers’ Excellence Award -do- 2014
Faculty National Sahitya Academy Award Translation for Bengali Mau Das Gupta 2015


Faculty members :

Name Phone E-mail Specialisation
Prof. Ratna Basu
9433021019 ratna.basu@ymail.com Vyakarana, Advaita Vedanta, Kavya, Indian Scripts
Prof. Didhiti Biswas
9433423117 didhiti2007@yahoo.co.in Vedic Studies, Indian Musicology
Prof. Satyajit Layek
9231459833 slayek2011@gmail.com Veda, Indian Philosophy
Dr. Rabindranath Bhattacharya 9339209553 rnbsans@caluniv.ac.in Veda, Mimamsa
Associate Professors
Sri Dipankar Mukhopadhyay [HOD]
9433322290 mdipankar60@yahoo.com Kavya, Alamkara, Vyakarana, Prakrit
Dr. Mau Das Gupta
9681575474 mau.dasgupta7@gmail.com Vedic and Gender Studies
Assistant Professors
Dr. Kamal Kishor Mishra
8902750940 kamalkmishra.cu@gmail.com
Oriental Epigraphy, Paleography
Dr. Haridas Sarkar 9830068854 hrdssarkar@gmail.com Darshana
Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Prof. V. N. Jha Dept. of Sanskrit Pune Univ. Visiting Fellow in 2010
Prof. Shyamala Devi Dept. of Sanskrit Kerala Univ. Visiting Fellow in 2011 In Teacher Exchange Programme
Prof. Mutthulakshmi Dept. of Sanskrit Kerala Univ. Visiting Fellow in 2011 In. Teacher Exchange Programme
Prof. Sitanath Acharya Dept. of Sanskrit, C.U Emeritus Prof. (Shastrachudamani RSKS) 2013,2014
Prof. S.P. Narang Rtd. Prof. of the Dept. of Sanskrit. Univ. of Delhi Visiting Fellow in 2015


Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.A. Post graduation Degree In order of merit as per University rule 165
M.Phil. Post.P.G degree 55% for gen., 50% for S.C, S.T  Canditates 40
Ph.D. Research M.A. in Sanskrit, UGC rules applicable 65(approx)


Collaborations :

Scheduled to be followed
Sl No. Description
1. An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lyon Univ. , Lyon, France is under progress and expected to be complete very soon .In which there will be Student exchange programmes , collaborated research programmes and jointly organized seminars / conferences.
2 Very recently and MoU of C.U. is also under progress with Ruhana University , Shrilanka. Where Dept. of Sanskrit , C.U. will be a salient part in the exchange programme of Students and Faculty members.
3 As held in this year (28.05.2016) henceforth an endowment lecture will be organized by the dept. of Sanskrit of C.U., every year with the collaboration of the Premchand Tarkabagish foundation possibly on 12th April (ev.y.)
Programme being followed
Sl. No Course Collaborating Department
1 Short –term courses in 2012 and 2013 were attended by Sanskrit faculty members. Bengali Department
2 Every year a number of faculty members are invited as speakers in OP and RC . Academic staff college for OP. Departments of English , Bengali, Philosophy, Pali, Linguistics and Hindi for RC.
3 Sanskrit faculty members take regular classes in the Diploma and Degree cources. Department of Buddhist studies.

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

The Vedas, Kavyas, Alamkara,and Aesthetics, Grammer, Prakrit Language and Literature, Indian Philosophy ( Advaita Vedanta  and Prachina Nyaya, )
Ancient Indian History, Paleography and Inscriptions and Manuscripts.

Teaching support :

Sl.No Teaching Method
1 For MA course traditional lectures and board- works are generally adopted, while to teach some topic in the Vedas AND Prachina Nyaya specialisations DVDs are played. Power- point presentation is also adopted in some lectures on Kavya specialization. 
2 For M.Phil programme Along with the traditional talk and chalk, power point presentation is also adopted .Exposure of Students to old manuscripts is done in the CUMRC to teach them how to handle Mss. practically. In some cases students are taught to do field work to collect research materials for there dissertations.
3 For Ph.D students regular course-works on research methodology and computer application are organized. Course works on Sanskrit grammar are also held to strengthen their hold on the language and to go through the original Sanskrit texts needed for their research.

Major activities :

The contribution of the department generating new knowledge and placement activities of the students

Most of the students achieve the appointment as full time and guest lecturer in many Colleges and Universities after completion of M.A. and M.Phil. courses. Numerous Sanskrit mss. are still lying in different libraries, repositories and personal collections undeciphered  and unedited. A number of Sanskrit scholars are trained and engaged in this department in studying, deciphering mss. and editing these mss. Consequently quite a good no. of Sanskrit texts has been and being critically edited for the first time by some of the faculty members and research students of this department. Meaningful research works on several disciplines of Sanskrit literature like Vedas, Kavya, Prachina Nyaya, Advaita Vedanta, Indian Epigraphy and Paleography and Prakrit literature are being done by the teachers and students of this department. The students and the research scholars of this department are working as research assistant or as research fellows in the various projects run by the teachers or scholars in the departments of other Universities or in other academic institutions like Asiatic Society, Kolkata and so on.
The department has been organizing many state levels, national and international seminars and workshops and special lectures by eminent scholars in which most of the students of this department regularly take part and achieve new knowledge.

Some of them are as followed :
Name of Programme National/ International Source of funding Outstanding Participant Year
Seminar National UGC (DRS SAP)   2010
Seminar National UGC Prof. Uma Vaidya (Bombay Univ.), Prof. Ujjvala Jha (Pune Univ.), Prof. Sujata Purkayastha (Gauhati Univ.) 2011
Seminar State Level UGC (DRS SAP)   2011
Seminar National UGC Prof. Sharangi (Utlkal Univ.), Prof. Gopa Dutta (Then V.C. Gourbanga Univ.) 2012
Seminar International UGC   2013
Seminar State Level UPE (UGC)   2013
Seminar International UGC   2014
Seminar State Level UGC Prof. Satya Ranjan Banerjee, Dr. Debabrata Chakraborty, Prof. Bhabani Prasad Bhattacharya 2014
Seminar International UGC Prof. Mandakranta Bose, Prof. Alok Bhalla, Prof. Swami Atmapriyananda (USA) 2015
Special lecture   Dept. of Sanskrit Prof. Radhaballabh Tripathi 2015
Workshop on Sanskrit Grammar   Dept. of Sanskrit Prof. Samiran Chandra Chakraborti, Prof. Satyaranjan Banerjee, Prof. Dr. Ratna Basu, Dr. Parbati Chakraborty etc. 2013, 2014, 2015
Workshop on Research Methodology   Dept. of Sanskrit Prof. Satya Ranjan Banerjee, Prof. Samiran Chandra Chakraborti, Prof. Dr. Ratna Basu etc. 2013, 2014, 2015
Workshop on Computer Application   Dept. of Sanskrit Dr. Kakoli Ghosh 2015
Special lecture   Dept. of Sanskrit Prof.  Marek Lyczka 2016
Special lecture   Dept. of Sanskrit Prof. Madhu Khanna 2016
Seminar State Level UGC Prof. Satya Ranjan Banerjee, Prof. Suniti Kr. Pathak, Dr. Dipak Bhattacharya 2016
Endowment lecture   Premchand Tarkabagish Foundation Dr. Vivek Debroy, 2016

Links :

  1. Workshops on Grammar, Research Methodology, Paleography are organized in the department and also in colleges.
  2. Courses on Manuscriptology, Paleography, Grammar, and Computer Application are organized in the Dept. of Sanskrit, C.U. and also in colleges.
  3. Training Programmes are organized for the students going to seat for Net, Set and other competitive exam.
  4. Workshop for special training in spoken and written Sanskrit are organized to equip well the students in Sanskrit.

Regular interactions are done between the resources and the students. Doubts are cleared and evolution is done by Internal Assessments and class tests. Students of research based courses are made to present papers, attend and participate in departmental seminars. They are regularly informed of different academic programmes in other institutes and encouraged to participate along with their teachers. Their writings are regularly checked by their supervisors and their academic performances are monitored.

Additional information :
All the faculty members are engaged in publishing articles, monographs editing of books.The department regularly publishes the departmental Journal Sanskrit Bharati. Most of the following members are serving actively being member of various committees and editorial Boards, member of BOS of P.G., U.G. of various Universities and Colleges, deemed Universities and Universities, Academic Institution etc. Most of the faculty members seldom visit many Universities as Visiting fellow, e.g., in the University of Kerala; Gaur Banga University; Jadavpur University; Rabindra Bharati University; Sri Samkaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady, Ernakulam, Kerala; Sanskrit University, Agartala, Tripura; Tripura University, Agartala, Tripura; Gauhati University, Gawahati, Assam; Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RMVU); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark; Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan; Assam University, Silchar, Assam etc.

A fresh departmental project will be applied for the DSA SAP programme. The project will involved all the faculty members and the outcome of the research will be a substantial on showcasing the scholarship, hard work and vision of the faculty of these dept. infrastructural facilities will be enhanced; each class room should be equipped for audiovisual lessons. A fully furnished modern seminar room for the department is a dream for us where external scholars may share their knowledge with the dept. regularly. Teacher-   student exchange programmes in collaboration with a few foreign universities will also widen up the horizon for our students.


Campus : Asutosh Siksha Prangan, Harding Building, 2nd Floor

Address for communication : Dept. of Sanskrit, University of Calcutta, 87/1, College Street, Kolkata- 700073, Telephone no. 2241-0071 Ext. 243