Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies is widely recognised as one of the leading centres for higher studies in Sanskrit and Indology. It has been the aim of the Centre since its inception to produce the students having a blend of traditional knowledge and modern approach with sound understanding of the rich cultural past of India. It hopes to maintain its distinct identity as a centre with excellence for learning Sanskrit by offering the updated knowledge to the seeking students through various courses run by the Centre.
The Centre has the mission to promote the higher education in Sanskrit language and literature and to create awareness about the Indian heritage. The Centre aims at imparting the knowledge of high standard and to provide updated information and latest research trends prevalent in the field. The syllabi of all the courses are updated from time to time with a view to incorporate such new developments.
• To impart the knowledge of Sanskrit and ancient Indian culture in a vernacular language to the mass irrespective of caste, religion and gender.
• To encourage the national education at all levels, i.e. from school level to post-graduate level.
• To encourage the use of modern methods of teaching along with the traditional methods. Combination of both the traditional and modern methods is a unique practice in nature.
• To encourage research activities in ancient Indian wisdom with the modern sciences.
This is the first department of the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. The Vidyapeeth started an independent Sanskrit College named “Shri Balmukund Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya” on 2nd December 1948. Two devoted teachers, viz. Pt. V. B. Bhagwat and Pt. S. H. Dhupkar were instrumental in shaping the Mahavidyalaya. During the critical period, their efforts and innovative ideas realized that Sanskrit must be made popular and attractive at the school level for increasing the number of students at the graduate and post-graduate levels. The Vidyapeeth got tremendous response and the examinations of the Vidyapeeth became popular and helpful for the students of Sanskrit.
On 24th April 1987 the Vidyapeeth got the status of "Deemed to be University" and there was a structural change in the administrative and academic set up of the Vidyapeeth. Degrees like Visharad and Parangat came to be considered as equivalent to the B.A. and M.A. degrees of the other statutory universities respectively. Besides, Vidyapeeth started Vidyavachaspati (Ph.D.) in Sanskrit and Indology which attract quite a number of students.
Many past students of the Centre have achieved great success and high position in their lives. The courses taught here demanded of excellent academic standard and were constantly modified as per the requirement and changing circumstances. For extension and development of department a new branch was introduced called Indology or Bharatiyavidya (Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology).
The teachers, beside their research and teaching, have always strived for making Sanskrit, Indology and Heritage Management and Tourism more accessible, attractive and useful to the students as well as common people. The devotion to their subjects is such that they do not hold back even on the pretext of weekly holidays i.e. Saturday and Sundays from teaching the respective courses.
Students enrolled for various courses, indeed present a unique profile. They come from different walks of life, viz. housewives, doctors, engineers, architects, lawyers, artists, professionals, retired people, so on and so forth. Since there is no age limit, people who want to utilize their leisure for personal growth and find a unique opportunity to do so. They are usually found to be eager to learn more of the ancient Indian literature, language, philosophy and culture. The ambience in the department is built to make the students feel at home. The syllabi of various courses were revised with a view to give emphasis on ancient Indian culture, philosophy and language.
Methods and techniques that are used in the department for imparting knowledge present unique profile. Competitions, co-curricular activities are conducted. Seminars, workshops and special lectures are organized, which get overwhelming response. Moreover, frequent use of various visual aids and practical field trainings during the educational tours help the students to reinforce classrooms learning. Similarly, special guidance workshops for external students are also organized which are greatly appreciated by the students.
Year of Establishment
The Centre, being the first department of the Vidyapeeth, was started under the name Shri Balmukund Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya in 1948. The Vidyapeeth got recognized as Deemed to be University in 1987. Then the Centre was designated as Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Asian Studies, and later on as Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies.
The Courses that are conducted by the Centre are approved by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi and the Government of Maharashtra.
Board of Studies
Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies is part of the Board for the Faculty of Arts and Fine Arts. Members of the Board meet twice to discuss the academic matters such as forming new syllabi and updating the existing ones, designing the schedule and panel for examination and answer-scripts assessment.
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Contact Address / Numbers / Email of Department
Shri Balmukund Lohia Centre of Sanskrit and Indological Studies
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
1242 Sadashiv Peth, Pune- 411 030.
Phone: +91-20-2445 4866 / 2443 3290
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List Of Courses
• Sanskrit Visharad (B.A)(Reg./Ext.)
• Sanskrit Parangat (M.A)
• Vidyavachaspati (Ph.D.)
• Bharatiya Vidya Parangat (M.A.)
• Vidyavachaspati (Ph.D.)
• B.A. (Hons) in Japanese Language
• M.A. in Japanese Language
• Academic Counselling and Guidance
• Convenient Timings
• Well-furnished Library
• Internet facility
• Audio-visual Room
• Seminar Hall
• Spacious Parking
Research Activities by the Centre(ongoing and completed)
• Research Publications
|Title||Author||Year of Publication|
|Varahashrautasutra||Ed. C. G. Kashikar||1988|
|Paniniya Vyakaranache Antaranga||V. B. Bhagwat||1988|
|Charvakavada va Advaitavada||Pradeep Gokhale||1989|
|Sanskrit bhashecha Itihasa va Purvetihasa||G. B. Palsule||1989|
|Identification of Soma||C. G. Kashikar||1990|
|Shrutichintamani||Ed. S. S. Bahulkar and Sucheta Paranjpe||1994|
|Medical Ritual in the Atharvaveda Tradition||S. S. Bahulkar||1994|
|Bhashabhagin (Kannada-Marathi Relation)||Ed. Shripad Bhat||2003|
|Contribution of Lokamanya Tilak To Indian Studies||Ed. Shripad Bhat||2006|
|Dhvanyaloka : Ek Vihangama Aloka||Ed. K. S. Arjunwadkar||2006|
|Position of Mimamsa in Pre-Jaimini Period||Shripad Bhat||2007|
|Sanskriti Parichaya||Ed. Shripad Bhat, S. S. Bahulkar, Shubhangana Atre, Manjiri Bhalerao, Shreenand Bapat and Kaveri Jadhav||2008|
|Pracheen Bharatachi Itihasachi Sadhane||Shobhana Gokhale||2008|
|Marathyanchya Itihasachi Sanskrita Sadhane||Sadashiv Shivde||2011|
|Sanskrit Sources of Indian History -I||Ed. Shripad Bhat||2013|
|Sanskrit Sources of Indian History-II||Ed. Shripad Bhat||2014|
• Research by Faculty Members
a. Completed Research
1. Contribution of Maharashtra to Sanskrit Literature, UGC-Major Research Project.
2. Position of Mimamsa in the Pre-Jaminiya Period, UGC-Minor Research Project (Published).
1. Intensive Study of Buddhist rock-cut caves at Bhandara and Shelarwadi, Dist. Pune, Project under the Small Study and Research Grant (2010–2011) of Nehru Trust For Indian Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, to work in India.
1. Vedic Ritual and Kingship, submitted to the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Mumbai, as a project report for the fulfilment of the INDAL Fellowship in Social Sciences conferred by the Society for the Year 2012–2013.
b. Ongoing Research
1. Mimamsa rules of Interpretation: Ancient and Modern, Major Research Project, Applied to UGC, New Delhi.
1. Buddhist Caves at Bhaja and Patan– An Intensive Study, Research Project sponsored by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
2. Cult of Chaaturmaharajikas in Early Indian Art, Research Project being conducted under the Awaben Wadia Fellowship of K.R. Cama Institute, Mumbai.
1. A Critical and Comparative Study of the Shantikalpa of the Atharvaveda, ongoing research for the degree of Ph.D. at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
• Research by Ph.D. Students
a. Completed Research
31 Ph.D. students have received their doctoral degree from the Centre since 1996.
b. Ongoing Research
25 doctoral students are working in the Centre in Sanskrit and Indology at present.
The Centre is recognised as one of the best places to learn Sanskrit language and literature. The Centre is actively engaged in various research and promotion activities such as Seminars, conferences, competitions and lectures series. The details are as follows:
ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES
1) Late Baburao Shirole Lecture Series: The series was started in memory of Late Baburao Shirole. Various scholars are invited to deliver the lecture related to the literature of Kalidasa every year. Recently Prof. Uma Vaidya (University of Mumbai) delivered the lecture titled "Kalidasa Sahityatil Panchendriyancha Rasaswad" in 2011.
2) Bapat Memorial Lecture Series: The series was started in memory of Late V. V. Bapat & Mrs. Parvatibai Bapat. The scholars deliver the lecture in this annual series on the topic pertaining to ancient Indian History and Culture. Recently Dr. A. P. Jamkhedkar (Ex-Director, Directorate of Archaeology of Museums, Govt. of Maharashtra) delivered the lecture in 2010, while the lecture was delivered by Dr. Suraj Pandit (Chairman, Board of Studies, AIC, University of Mumbai) in 2012.
3) Lokmanya Tilak Lecture Series: The series was started under the auspices of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and then the centre took over the responsibility of organizing the lectures in this series. Dr. (Mrs.) Manik Patil delivered the lecture in 2011 & Prof. G. U. Thite delivered the lecture in 2012. The topics dealt with in this lecture series concentrate on the life & works of Lokmanya Tilak in particular.
Acharya Limaye Memorial seminar: The centre organizes this seminar every year in March to commemorate Late Acharya V. P. Limaye. The researchers & students participate in the seminar & present their research papers on the topics related to Veda, Vyakarana & Darshanas. The centre also declares the Late Prof. C. G. Kashikar Prize to the best research paper presented by the young scholar (below 30 years) on the topic different than the Ph.D. studies.
Centre arranges the open singing, stotra-citation, elocution competitions every year in January. The students from pre-primary to University level participate in the competitions under various categories.
One month Refreshers' Course in Sanskrit for Higher secondary teachers is organized every year in the month of May. The teachers from all over Maharashtra participate in this course. The stipend and conveyance is provided to the teachers by the Govt. of Maharashtra. The number of seats allotted is thirty. Every teacher can participate thrice in this course.
A senior Sanskritist is felicitated by Lokmanya Tilak Sanskrit Award in this function. The centre also congratulates the students achieving 100% marks in Sanskrit in S.S.C. Examinations by awarding the medals every year on this day.
1) Late L. V. Agashe Best Teacher Award: This is provided to the best Sanskrit teacher teaching at school, college or university level in Maharashtra. The award ceremony coincides with the Valedictory of Vasantika Varga.
2) Lokmanya Tilak Sanskrit Award: A Senior Sanskritist who has contributed heavily to the field of teaching, research & promotion of Sanskrit is eligible for this award. Nature of this award is Memento, Certificate, Cash of Rs.25,000/- & bust of Lokmanya Tilak. The award is delivered every year on the Sanskrit Day.
3) Indira Behere Award: A Sanskrit scholar who has immensely contributed to the field of Sanskrit is felicitated with this award every year.
It is specially to be noted that the Centre declares all the awards on its own by identifying the scholars actively working in the concerned field. They are not expected to send the application to the centre or the Vidyapeeth for considering their name for any of the award.
4) Smt. Kamal Tambe Book Prize: This prize is conferred upon the book based on Sanskrit Literature.
The centre organizes the lectures of eminent scholars of National and International stature throughout the year for the students. Many times they are kept open for all the interested people. Stalwarts like Padmashree Prof. M. K. Dhavalikar (Ex-Director, Deccan College, Pune), Prof. N. P. Joshi (Jnana Pravaha, Varanasi), Dr. G. B. Deglurkar (President, Deccan College, Pune), Dr. Shobhana Gokhale (Deccan College, Pune), Dr. Gail Omvedt, Dr. Dhammachari Lokamitra (Pune), Prof. Michio Yano (Kyoto Sangyo University, JAPAN), Prof. Asanga Tilakaratne (University of Colombia, SRILANKA), Emeritus Professor Ashok Aklujkar (University of British Columbia, CANADA), Dr. Shailendra Bhandare (Oxford University, U.K.) and Mr. Jon Keune (Columbia University, U.S.A.), have delivered the lectures in the Centre.
Special lecture to celebrate the Birth Centenary of the doyen of Vedic studies, Prof. C. G. Kashikar was arranged in April 2010. Prof. G. U. Thite spoke on “C. G. Kashikar and W. Caland” on this occasion.
A National seminar on "Sanskrit Sources of Indian History" has been organized in the month of February for three consecutive years in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The seminar was funded by the ICHR and was successful in tackling many key-issues, especially focusing on the interdisciplinary studies in language, literature, Epigraphy and Numismatics, Indian History and Archaeology, Art, Architecture and Iconography.