A warm welcome  to Sanskrit Department

The Department was established in 1978, ten years after the inception of the University Prof. M.S.Menon, an eminent Sanskrit Scholar and well known critic in Malayalam is the founder head of the Department.  Acclaimed scholars like Prof.K.N.N. Elayath (at present Director, Adayar Library and Research Centre, Adyar ,Chennai), Prof. N.V.P. Unithiri (former Principal Dean of Studies, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit,Kalady; Chariman , Cultural Publication Department, Government of Kerala, and Prof T.K.Narayanan, who served the University for a long time in the capacities of Syndicate Member, Academic Staff College Director and the Registrar, were the  members of the faculty.   Within a short span of time the Department has registered an all round development.  Now it is one of the major research & publication centers. Under Calicut University Sanskrit Series, the Department has published 42 books. These include critical study/ edition of rare manuscripts in Sanskrit and doctoral theses having substantial contribution to the field of research in Sanskrit Studies.  The Department brings out an Indological Research Journal (annual) which is named as Samskrtakairali.  The postgraduate programme has been so designed that the students get an in depth knowledge in traditional and modern knowledge systems. The conceptual framework of the syllabus is made broad so that the outgoing students can pursue higher studies in the subjects like literary history, literary theory, comparative literature, Indian Philosophy, Textual criticism and Indian scienctific heritage.  Research Scholars are encouraged to take up topics from a wide range of research fields like classical tradition,scientific literature in Sanskrit, literary criticism, grammer and liguistics, fine arts and critical edition of rare works. The Department has been collaborating with various reputed National/International Indological research centers and Universities. We have signed MOU with acclaimed Universities of Europe.  Regularly we organize seminars, conferences and colloquia on pertinent research topics utilizing funds from institutions like ICPR,UGC, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Kendra Sahitya Akkademi etc. And the proceedings of such seminars and conferences are published. To make the research works meaningful and relevant in the present day scheme of things, interdisciplinary approach is wisely employed.

    To provide in-depth knowledge for students in Sanskrit and Indian knowledge systems so as to use  them for contemporary purposes
    To carry out research in various aspects of classical traditions
    To disseminate knowledge related to Sanskrit to society through publications, seminarsand other programmes
    To facilitate international collaboration with various agencies in indological studies

Thrust Areas

Literary theory, Indian philosophy, Indian scientific traditions, Manuscriptology, Comparative poetics.


Contact Us

Department of Sanskrit
University of Calicut
Thenhipalam PO
Malappuram - 673635 PIN