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  • Spirituality is not religious study. It is education for life. It is training that helps us

    understand ourselves truly. It gives us strength, and helps us comprehend the deeper

    realms of knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the world, our mind and

    emotions, as well as those of others. It helps us face lifes challenges with courage and

    equanimity of mind. This is why spirituality is known as manasa vidyathe science of

    the mind.

    We are standing on the threshold of a new era, wherein material science and spirituality

    will move forward, hand in hand. One of the main reasons for conflicts in todays world

    is the separation between science and spirituality. Both science without spirituality and

    spirituality without science are incomplete.

    It is Ammas prayer that we develop the expansiveness of mind to embrace both

    scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom. We can no longer afford to see these two

    streams of knowledge flowing in opposite directions. In truth, they complement one

    another. If we merge these streams, we will find that we are able to create a mighty

    rivera river whose waters can remove suffering and revitalize all of humanity.

  • To provide value-based education and mould the

    character of the younger generation through a system of wholesome learning,

    so that their earnest endeavour to achieve progress and prosperity in life is

    matched by an ardent desire to extend selfless service to the society, one

    complementing the other.

    We envision a world endowed with the wealth of knowledge and the strength of

    discrimination. We envision a system, which is a healthy breeding ground for the

    sprouting, culturing and dissemination of the whole gamut of knowledge in a righteous

    and holistic manner for the well being of humankind.

    We envision a human being empowered with wholesome knowledge that makes one an

    enabler and an icon in the deep search for the ultimatewisdom. We envision a system

    that guarantees interplay and exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas and imbibe noble

    character and human values in the younger generation. We envision an environment

    that prepares individuals to build a world of love, harmony and peace, following the

    path of Dharma and having a clear direction in every thought and endeavour.

    Our Mission

    Our Vision

  • About AMRITA : 4

    About the Centre : 6

    Programmes Offered : 7

    Curricula : 8

    Faculty : 12

    University Administration : 20

    About Mata Amritanandamayi Math : 22

    International Collaborations : 26

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  • Drawing its inspiration, guidance, nourishment, energy, and resource directly from

    our Chancellor and world renowned humanitarian leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

    Devi (AMMA), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University) has grown into a dynamic,

    multi-disciplinary University (www.amrita.edu), with a mission towards solving

    the monumental scientific and societal challenges being faced by the world today.

    AMRITA offers wide ranging disciplines: Engineering, Medicine and Healthcare,

    Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Business and Management, Arts and Science,

    Communication, Education, etc. We also have postgraduate, doctoral, and advanced

    research programmes, many of which are being offered in close collaboration and inter-

    disciplinary partnerships with some of the foremost universities of international repute

    from United States of America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and through our national

    centres of excellence in areas of importance such as, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology,

    E-Learning, Cybersecurity, etc. AMRITA has been ranked in the top category, along with

    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai;

    and other leading Universities by the Govt. of India, in a recent review.

    AMRITA has been on a steep trajectory to quickly achieve a world-class status. In 2005,

    during Prime Ministers visit to United States, AMRITA architected and lead a consortium

    of Indian organizations including the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to sign

    in a landmark Indo-US Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher Education &

    Research, with 20 eminent US universities. With strong partnership with highly ranked

    universities, AMRITA has been catapulted into global research initiatives.

    AMRITA is both young and immensely dynamic, with its fertile environment and

    ambience for inter-disciplinary research, and has a unique holistic approach to produce

    the best scientists, philosophers, engineers, doctors, managers, entrepreneurs, and

    societal contributors in a wide spectrum of fields, all under the superb guidance

    and chancellorship of one of the most inspiring leaders of the world today, Sri Mata

    Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA).

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  • About the Centre

    One of the most important dimensions of all round human and societal

    development is spirituality. AMMA, by her all-embracing love, compassion, service and

    universal motherhood, has given a whole new life, vibrancy, and practical meaning to

    Indian spirituality. In order to give the younger generation an opportunity to study,

    learn, imbibe, practice, and spread the essence of the wisdom of our scriptures, rishis

    and God realized masters, AMRITA has launched a new International Centre for Spiritual

    Studies called Amrita Darshanam.

    DARSHAN:DEVELOPMENT OF

    ALL

    ROUND

    SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

    HARMONY

    ACROSS

    NATIONS

    Amrita Darshanam, offers various courses to fill up this lacuna of the lopsided

    development of our modern educated youth. It aims at providing a complementary

    course of education for students to develop better personality as well-developed

    human beings with better social sensitivity and community awareness, by providing

    the younger generation an opportunity to study, learn, imbibe, practice, and spread the

    essence of the wisdom of our scriptures, rishis and God realized masters, through the

    medium of Philosophy, Arts, and Culture.

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  • Programmes Offered

    7

  • I Semester Credits1. Philosophy in Life: Contribution of Amma 4

    2. Indian Philosophy I - An Outline 4

    3. Humanities 3

    4. Origin and Development of Sanskrit Literature 4

    5. Indian Art & Culture I 4

    II Semester 1. Contemporary Indian Spiritual Movements 3

    2. Indian Philosophy II Introduction to Sankhya,

    Nyaya, Mimamsa (Shad Darsanas) 4

    3. Western Philosophy I 3

    4. Techniques of Self-Unfoldment I 4

    5. Indian Art & Culture II 4

    III Semester 1. Harmony in Spiritual Approaches: Integration & Unification 3

    2. Scriptures as Manuals of Right Living 3

    3. Bhakthi Yoga: Blossoming of Personality 3

    4. Techniques of Self-Unfoldment II 4

    5. Research Methodology 3

    IV Semester 1. Modern Problems and Ancient Solutions 3

    2. Indian Art & Culture III 4

    3. Major Project/Thesis 9

    Total Credits 69

    Curriculum forMA in Philosophy, Arts, & Culture

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  • Curriculum forM.A. in Philosophy and Applied Psychology

    I Semester Credits1. Philosophy in Life: Contribution of Amma 4

    2. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy 4

    3. Indian Art & Culture 4

    4. Origin and Development of Sanskrit Literature 4

    5. Studies in Mind and Matter: Paradigms of Psychology 4

    II Semester1. Contemporary Indian Spiritual Movements 3

    2. Indian Philosophy II Introduction to Sankhya,

    Nyaya, Mimamsa (Shad Darsanas) 4

    3. Western Philosophy - I 4

    4. Studies in Indian Psychology 4

    5. Techniques of Self-Unfoldment 4

    III Semester 1. Behavioral and Social Psychology 4

    2. Logic and Epistemology 4

    3. Western Philosophy - II 4

    4. Research Methodology 3

    5. Bhakthi Yoga: Blossoming of Personality 4

    IV Semester1. Elective -I 3

    2. Elective - II 3

    3. Elective- III 3

    5. Project/Thesis Combined with A-Serve Village Visit 10

    Total Credits 77

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  • Students are required to select three electives. One elective from each topic is

    compulsory and the third one can be from either of the topics.

    Philosophy Electives Credits

    1. Studies in Aesthetic Theories 3

    2. Socio Political Systems 3

    3. Indian Logic 3

    4. Philosophy of Religion 3

    5. Philosophy of Upanishads (Textual Study) 3

    6. Fundamentals of Ethics 3

    7. Environmental Ethics 3

    8. Business Ethics 3

    9. Bio-Medical Ethics 3

    10 Computational Aspects in Sanskrit Knowledge 3

    Applied Psychology Electives

    1. Behavior Modification 3

    2. Counseling Psychology 3

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  • Curriculum for Ph.D.

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  • Dr. A. Ramaswamy IyengarHead of the Department

    Dr. A. Ramaswamy Iyengar has worked as lecturer in Sanskrit since 1971, Served as

    Teacher Fellow Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Poona, 1977-80.

    He has served as Reader and HOD of Sanskrit, NMKRV College, Bangalore, 1980-89

    and as Associate Editor, Encyclopedi

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