Intermediate Level of Spoken Sanskrit

By Prof. Anuradha Choudry   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 2025
The knowledge of Sanskrit is very helpful for anyone who is interested in delving into the original texts relating to various subjects from the Indian traditional knowledge systems. This language, however, is often presented as a difficult language to learn for many and moreover as a classical language of the past that is of no special relevance in the contemporary world. Those who have been exposed to it in school often regard it as nothing more than a scoring subject and have little appreciation for the various dimensions of the language. The first part of this course titled ‘Introduction to Basic Spoken Sanskrit’ was offered in August 2018, which generated sufficient interest in the students, many of whom, requested for a follow up class. The objective of this course is to give students a more elaborate foundation of Sanskrit as a living language. It will introduce them to further grammatical structures that will facilitate their understanding of simple texts as well as allow them to use it in daily life. It also seeks to give provide them with a deeper appreciation of the beauty of the different aspects of this language from its sounds to its rich content so that they feel enthused enough to delve further into it. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This is a language course and therefore it would be relevant for students from different disciplinary backgrounds of science, technology, computer sciences and humanities and social sciences
PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of basic Sanskrit OR those who have completed the course on Introduction to Basic Spoken Sanskrit        

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 06 Nov 2020
Exam Date : 20 Dec 2020 IST
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction: Some Unique characteristics of Sanskrit,Revision of the main features of Part 1 of Introduction to Basic Spoken Sanskrit,Different verb forms,Daily vocabulary
Week 2,3: Introduction of different declensions in the plural and tenses – 1,Daily Vocabulary,Poetic verses, conversations and stories
Week 4: Practice with various verbs in different moods and tenses,Summary of the Sentence structures using the plural with different questions
Week 5: Introduction of a few more words ending with consonants and their declensions,An Alternative Conjugation of verbs,Daily vocabulary,Poetic verses, conversations and stories
Week 6: Introduction to their different declensions in singular, dual and plural,New verb forms,Daily Vocabulary,Poetic verses, conversations and stories
Week 7: Introduction to Sandhi,Vowel with vowel / Vowel with consonant / Consonant with consonant / Aspirant with vowel or consonant,Poetic verse, reading and comprehension, conversations
Week 8: Practice with a variety of word endings, various verbs in different moods and tenses,Summary of the Sentence structures using the plural with different questions

Books and references

Kumari, S. (1993) Sanskrita Chitrapadakoshah, Mysuru: Bharatiya Bhasha Sansthanam
Samkrita-vyavahaara-saahasree( Samskrit-English), New Delhi:  Sanskrita Bharati
Sampad, & Vijay. (2005). The Wonder that is Sanskrit. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Society.
Satvlekar, S. D.  (2013). Sanskrit Swayam Shikshak. Delhi: Rajpal &Sons (Rajpal Publishing).
Shastri, V K. (2012). Teach Yourself Samskrit, Prathama Diksha. Delhi: Rashtryia Sanskrita Samsthana.
Vishwasa (2014). Abhyāsa-pustakam, New Delhi: Samskrita Bharati.

Instructor bio

Prof. Anuradha Choudry

IIT Kharagpur
Dr.AnuradhaChoudry is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. She has an interdisciplinary backgroundin Sanskrit, Yoga, Indian Psychology and is well-versed in various languages. In 2007, she was awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship of the European Union for a MLit in Crossways in European Humanities. She has been a Visiting Faculty for Sanskrit in Ghent University, Belgium, and other Institutions and works closely as an Instructor for Yoga Psychology and Sanskrit and mantras for several organizations worldwide including the European Union of Yoga and the Irish Yoga Associationamong others.
She also had conducted and organized several workshops, conferences and seminars in India and abroad. 
Her publications includetwo books on Happiness - Indian Perspectives (2017) and Perspectives on Indian Psychology (2013), several articles and a few book chapters. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 20 December 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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