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M.Phil Programme

M. Phil. programme: The program will also cover the issues related to spread of Buddhism in different parts of the world.

Name of the Program: Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Buddhist Studies

Duration: 1 year (2 Semesters) may be extended for 1 semester if required.

Minimum Qualification for Admission: Graduate Degree with minimum 55% for Gen. / OBCs and 50% for SCs/STs is required to be eligible to secure the admission. The admission will be done through an Entrance Test (International Students/UGC-JRF/NET/ anyone awarded a state or national scholarship for pursuing higher degree) candidates are exempted from Entrance Test). Reservations in the admission will be fulfilled as per the Governmental policy.

Total Required Credits: 32 Credits are required from mandatory as well as elective courses.

Students will be required to enroll in the program for 2 semesters. In each semester, the students will be required to take four mandatory courses and one elective course from the provided list.

S. No.

Semesters

Credit

1

1st Semester

10

2

2nd Semester

05

Total

15


SEMESTER I

Course Code

Courses

Credits

BSM 101

An Overview of Buddhism

06

General Survey of Buddhist Literature & Language

2

Origin of Buddhism, Samgha, Teaching & Various Schools

2

Spread of Buddhism in Central Asia, East Asia and South East Asia

2

BSM 102

Research Methodology

04

Research Methodology I: Methods of Social Science Research, Preparation of a Research Report and Styles for Citing and Referencing, Objective in Social Science Research and Related Issues & Hypothesis

2

Research Methodology II: Collection, Classification, Tabulation, Interpretation and Presentation of Data

Content Analysis & Ethical Issues in Social Research

2

BSM 103

Research Paper

2

BSM 104

Book Review

2

14


SEMESTER II

Course Code

Courses

Credits

BSM 201

Dissertation

10

BSM 202

Viva-voce

10

20


Syllabus for M. Phil. Programme:

Total Credit-34

SEMESTER I

BSM 101: AN OVERVIEW OF BUDDHISM Credits: 06

General Survey of Buddhist Literature & Language

(a)-Pali language with special reference to its Origin, Characteristics & Grammer

(b)-Pali literature- Canonical & Post Canonical

(c)-Tibetan Literature & Art

(d)-Origin & development of Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit & its important Literature

(e)-Survey of the Sutta, Sastra, Jatakas & Avadanas

(f)-Buddhist Epistomology & Logic

Origin of Buddhism, Samgha, Teaching & Various Schools

(a)-Origin of Buddhism, Life of the Buddha, Mahaviniskramanna, Nibbana, Catari Ariya Saccani, Mahaparinibbana.

(b)-Socio-Economic prospects of Early Buddhism, Ahimsa, Gender and Caste System

(c)-Development of Samgha, Growth of Vinaya Rules, Buddhist Councils

(d)-Critical Evaluation of the contribution of various personalities in the development and spread of Buddhism

(e)-Decline and Devolution, Revival of Buddhism in Modern India and Neo Buddhism (Navayana)

(f)-Ethico-Philosophical Concepts in Buddhism (Brahma Vihara, Paramita, Tathagata, Pacceka Buddha, Samma Sambuddha and Bodhisatta)

Spread of Buddhism in Central Asia, East Asia and South East Asia

(a)-The Silk Route and Spread of Buddhism

(b)-Introduction of spread of Buddhism in China and interaction with Confucianism and Taoism

(c)-Spread of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Compilation of Pali Literature

(d)-Spread of Buddhism in Central Asia with special reference to Afghanistan and its adjoining regions

(e)-Advent and spread of Buddhism in Myanmar and Bhutan

(f)-Spread and Development of Buddhism in Tibet, Japan and Korea

BSM 102: Research Methodology Credits: 04

PART I

1. Methods of Social Science Research:

(a)-General Survey of various Methods including Survey Method, Interdisciplinary

Method, Case Study Method, Sampling Method, Statistical Method, Observation Method, Schedule Method, Questionnaire Method, Library Method, Historical Method and Scientific Method.

(b) Characteristic Features of Scientific Method; Empirical Verifiable, Cumulative, Self-

Correcting, Deterministic, Ethical & Ideological neutrality (Value Free), Statistical

Generalizability.

(C) Philosophical Methods of Social Science Research

2. Preparation of a Research Report and Styles for Citing and Referencing

(a) The Basic Format for a Research Report

(b) Identification of the Parts of a Research Report

(c) Citation and Referencing Styles,

(d) Essentials of Report Writing

(e) Aids for Writing Good Research Report

3. Objective in Social Science Research and Related Issues:

(a) Problems of Objectivity in Social Science Research

(b) Difficulties in obtaining objectivity

(c) Objectivity, Prejudices and Biases

(d) Social Scientist and His Facts

(e) Society and Individual

(f) Causation in Social Sciences

(g) Social Sciences as Progress

(h) Can Objectivity be removed?

(i) Inquiry and Science

4. Hypothesis

(a) Definition, Origin and Nature of Hypothesis

(b) Types of Hypothesis

(c) Formulation of Hypothesis and Problems associated with it

(d) Utility of Hypothesis

PART II

1. Collection, Classification, Tabulation, Interpretation and Presentation of Data

(a) Collection, Objectives and Classification of Data

(b) Aims, Methods and Objects of Tabulation of Data

(c) Forms and Processes of Interpretation and Presentation of Data

2. Content Analysis

(a) Definition and Aims of Content Analysis

(b) Problems of Content Analysis

(c) Computer and Content Analysis

3. Ethical Issues in Social Research

(a) Ethical Responsibilities of Social Scientists

(b) Objectivism versus Relativism in the Social Sciences

(c) Social Sciences, Science and Morality

(d) The Politics of Social Research

2 Credits

BSM 103: Seminar Papers Credits 2

Research Paper

BSM 104: Book Review Credits 2

Book Review

SEMESTER II

Credits 10

BSM 201: Dissertation

BSM 201: Viva Voce Credits 10