Nalanda University

Introduction

Nalanda is a word known across the world and for centuries. It stands for a university which attracted students and scholars from across Asia and even farther away. It was a centre of excellence not only for Buddhist studies and philosophy but for medicine and mathematics as well. After teaching thousands of students for centuries, Nalanda ceased its existence just as universities were opening up in Bologna, Paris and Oxford at the beginning of the second millennium CE. The shift of centres of knowledge from East to West was symbolic of the eventual transfer of power which followed within half a millennium. There is now a perfect opportunity to recreate the hallowed universalism of Nalanda as a centre of knowledge. The second millennium CE ended with a tremendous resurgence of Asia after centuries of stagnation, division and decline. Asia is today synonymous with a dynamic entrepreneurial and innovative culture, based on knowledge and enterprise not forgetful of its past yet not afraid to face the future. Asian countries are coming together to forge a continent based on the foundations of peace and harmony. The decision of the East Asian Summit in 2007, at its meeting in Cebu, Philippines, to endorse the plan to re-establish the Nalanda University underscores the commitment to these values. Our challenge is to match the excellence of Nalanda of the first millennium CE for the third millennium CE. A university of the third millennium has to be universalist in its outlook, open to currents of thought and practice from around the globe, and it has to respond to the needs of a world which has miles to travel before it can ensure peace and prosperity with equity and hope for all the people of the world.

Above all, Nalanda must be a centre of knowledge and a most excellent one. Its primary function must be to harness the best talents for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge as well as for the recovery and restoration of valuable old insights which have suffered unintended neglect. Nalanda has to be open to students from across the world chosen for their desire for and capacity to absorb knowledge in diverse fields. It must have once again, as it did before, the best scholars and researchers to create and recreate knowledge. It must afford them a vibrant living environment which will also be suitable for the nurture of the next generation – the children of those creating and recreating the centre of excellence. It must be adapted to the rhythm of Nature where it is located and enrich the lives of the people in the neighborhood.

Nalanda will be new but it will aspire to be as good as its old self, if not better. Its name must reverberate across the world as a place where people go to seek as well as to add to the fund of knowledge and to go away from it disseminating its fruits everywhere. It must draw upon the best resources of Asia and indeed the world and repay manifold in the coinage of new and valuable insights on making the world better for all.

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Establishment of Nalanda University

Nalanda University was established following the passage of Nalanda University Act 2010 in both houses of the Indian Parliament. The Academic operations at the University started in September 2010.

Legacy of Predecessor

Since the hallmark of the Ancient Nalanda University was its internationalism ,the new Nalanda is also premised on the same. It is a revival University which takes its name from its ancient predecessor which remains the oldest known centre of organized higher education in the world. Given the huge resonance of Nalanda especially in East Asia it was decided that a new Nalanda be established close to the site of the original.

Mandate for Nalanda University

It is an International University by charter and also a research University open to post-graduate studies and above .This University has been designated an institution of importance by the government of India.

International Pedagogy

Owing to the International character of the University, it was imperative that the pedagogy of delivering knowledge at Nalanda should be unique and global .The diverse members of the Academic Board, Faculty and Students from different parts of the world act as a catalyst in achieving this feat.

Admissions 2017-2018

Applications are invited for two-year residential post- graduate programmes in the following Schools of Nalanda University:

  • School of Historical Studies
  • School of Ecology and Environment Studies
  • School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions

Rolling Admissions

The University follows Rolling Admissions. The university evaluates applications, by shortlisting and interviewing the candidates at regular intervals. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed from January 2017 onward. The candidates appearing in their final examination of their Bachelor’s degree in 2017 may also register for Admission .The seats are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications help in securing the seat in the School and accommodation of choice. To avoid disappointment on these fronts it is advisable to apply for admissions at the earliest. Graduate studies in Nalanda University is intense and intellectually demanding. Applicants should be prepared to immerse themselves in a rigorous academic schedule that involves both classroom and field work.

Last date for applications for the first round of admissions is Apr 1. 2017.

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Masters in Ecology and Environment Studies

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 India Patna

Rooted in the tradition of the ancient Nalanda University, the School aspires to develop knowledge on environmental issues that transcend constraints imposed by disciplinary boundaries. It promotes research and education on various environmental problems at local, regional and global levels. The unique environmental challenges of Asia are recognized by the School, and studies relevant to the region are emphasized. [+]

THE SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Rooted in the tradition of the ancient Nalanda University, the School aspires to develop knowledge on environmental issues that transcend constraints imposed by disciplinary boundaries. It promotes research and education on various environmental problems at local, regional and global levels. The unique environmental challenges of Asia are recognized by the School, and studies relevant to the region are emphasized. Diverse perspectives are used to analyse contemporary environmental concerns in order to develop meaningful solutions. The School traverses a broad range of academic pursuits across natural sciences and social sciences, to promote education and research on the interactions between the natural environment and human activities. Focus Areas The thrust areas of the School are: Human Ecology Hydrology Food and Agriculture Disaster management Climate Change Energy Studies The Master’s Programme The School currently offers a two-year Masters’ programme and is planning to launch a Doctoral programme in 2017. The course is designed for international students from diverse backgrounds, including social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and engineering. All Master’s students are required to obtain a minimum of 48 credits spread over 4 semesters, with a summer internship during the vacation between the first and second years. The curriculum comprises a mix of core and elective courses. The first two semesters provide breadth of knowledge, through multi-disciplinary courses, to cover core concepts around key environmental dimensions. These include earth sciences, ecology, economics and social dimensions of environment, along with introductory research methods, during the first semester. Sustainable Development and Environmental Laws and Policies are the two interdisciplinary core courses in the second semester, along with introductory elective courses in the thrust areas of the School. The last two semesters provide depth of knowledge and build capability for independent research. A range of major and minor elective courses, reflecting expertise and specialized interests of the faculty, is on offer during the third semester while the fourth semester is wholly dedicated to an individual dissertation. There are multiple options for methodology courses and opportunities for undertaking independent studies. The School promotes a nuanced understanding of real world problems. Field work is emphasized through visits, assignments and projects in and around the campus. Students spend 8-10 weeks at the end of first year (during summer break) to intern at institutions of their choice. The dissertation is an opportunity to conceptualize, plan and implement a small research topic. The course is, therefore, uniquely designed with an orientation to research. Career Opportunities Graduates of Nalanda University are not only conversant with contemporary environmental issues but are also capable of addressing these through a unique interdisciplinary approach, problem-solving attitude and lateral thinking. They are generally suitable for research (towards higher university degree, consulting projects, policy advocacy), active community engagement (grassroots programmes of government, non-profit or for-profit entities), enterprises (corporate expansions, start-ups), administration (government policy and programme), action (journalism, communication, community mobilization) etc. Collaborations The School has established connections for collaborative research links with institutions around the world. Some of the major ones are: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (USA) Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) Borlaug Institute of South Asia, BISA (India) Eckerd College, (USA) Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI), Kyoto (Japan) University of Missouri, (USA) Courses at the School Core Courses EES 101 – Earth Sciences and Environment EES 102 – Fundamentals of Ecology EES 103 – Economics of the Environment EES 104 –Environment and Society EES 105 – Introduction to Research EES 201 – Environmental Law and Policy EES 202 – Sustainable Development Major Electives 203 A – Geohydrology EES 203 B – Introduction to Agro-ecosystem Management EES 303 C – Hydro-ecology EES 204 A — Research Methods in Natural Sciences EES 204 B Engaging Environment: Theoretical Frames and Methodological Tools. EES 301 A – Independent Study EES 301 B – Agroforestry Systems EES 301 C – Water in Sustainable Development EES 301 D – Disaster Management EES 301 E – Global Climate Change EES 301 F – Urban Ecology Minor Electives EES 302 A-Exploring interactions of Environment, Technology and Society in Asia EES 302 B – Ecosystem Services and Agroforestry EES 302 C – Environmental Biotechnology EES 302 D – Environment Impact Assessment Faculty Given the inter-disciplinary character of the School, the University has appointed its core faculty from natural sciences and social sciences, organized around its declared thrust areas. B. Mohan Kumar: {Professor Acting Dean} Professor B. Mohan Kumar is a Professor in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University. He has a PhD in Agronomy from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, he has over 35 years of experience in teaching, research and science management, which includes teaching and research at Kerala Agricultural University and a national level research management assignment in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, besides various shorter international assignments in countries like USA, Japan, UK, France, and Indonesia. Somnath Bandyopadhyay: {Associate Professor} Dr. Somnath Bandyopadhyay is an Associate Professor in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University. He has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from JNU, New Delhi. He has also been trained professionally on environmental economics and policy analysis at Harvard, USA, and on making markets work for the poor at the Springfield Centre, UK. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan: {Associate Professor} Dr. Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan is an Associate Professor in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies. He teaches Environmental Law and Policy. He received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Pondicherry University and Ph.D. from University of Delhi, India. As a Fulbright scholar he pursued Post-Doctoral research at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA. Prabhakar Sharma: {Assistant Professor} Dr. Prabhakar Sharma is an Assistant Professor in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University. He earned his PhD from Washington State University (USA) and Masters from University of Stuttgart (Germany) and IIT Kharagpur (India). He worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at Ålborg University (Denmark) and the University of Western Ontario (Canada) before joining the faculty position at Uppsala University (Sweden). Aviram Sharma :{ Assistant Professor} Aviram Sharma is Assistant Professor in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies. He earned his Ph.D. from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He holds an M. Phil. in Science Policy from JNU and M.A in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi. Sayan Bhattacharya: {Assistant Professor} Dr. Sayan Bhattacharya is an Assistant Professor in the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies at Nalanda University. He did his PhD in Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Calcutta and post-doctoral research in Environmental Chemistry at Presidency University. Before joining NU, Dr. Bhattacharya taught at the University of Calcutta, Viswa Bharati University, Rabindra Bharati University and Vidyasagar University in India. Riddhika Kalle : {Assistant Professor} Riddhika has an MSc in Wildlife Biology from A.V.C College, Bharathidasan University and a Doctorate in Wildlife Sciences from Wildlife Institute of India. As a postdoctoral fellow of University of KwaZulu-Natal, she has taught courses and conducted workshops for students and faculty on applied quantitative ecology covering aspects of population ecology, range ecology, community ecology, conservation science, spatiotemporal ecology, and predictive modelling to field ecological data. Prior to this in India she has trained several protected area managers in methods, tools and techniques in wildlife population estimation as part of the training modules by Wildlife Institute of India. Kishore Dhavala: { Assistant Professor} Kishore Dhavala holds a Doctoral degree in Economics from Florida International University, Miami, USA. He worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at Basque Centre for Climate Change, Bilbao (Spain). He has worked as a consultant at Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi prior to his journey to Bilbao. Kishore is currently working on various research projects on low carbon economy, mitigation and adaptation policies for climate change. Prasad Avinash Pathak : {Assistant Professor} Dr. Prasad Pathak holds a Doctoral Degree in Geography with specialization in applications of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for environment studies. He completed his doctoral studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA. Prior to that he has worked with certain government and private organizations in India and abroad for geospatial studies. FAQs Can you send me more information about this program? Full information about all the programs offered at Nalanda University can be found on the following url: http://www.nalandauniv.edu.in/schools/ When is the application deadline for this program? Aspirant candidates can apply for the programs offered at Nalanda University throughout the year. The University follows Rolling Admissions. We evaluate the Applications as they arrive, by shortlisting and interviewing the candidates at regular intervals. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed from January 2017 onward. The candidates appearing in their final examination of their Bachelor’s degree in 2017 may also register for Admission. The seats are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications help in securing the seat in the School and accommodation of choice. To avoid disappointment on these fronts it is advisable to apply for admissions at the earliest. The last date for applications for the first round of admissions in the 2017 Academic year is Apr 1. How much does this program cost? The program costs Fee Details Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Tuition Fees 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR $470 $470 $470 $470 Admission Fees 6,000 INR NIL NIL NIL $100 NIL NIL NIL Security Deposit (Refundable) 6,000 INR NIL NIL NIL $100 NIL NIL NIL Total 40,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR $670 $470 $470 $470 ... [-]

Masters in Historical Studies

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2017 India Delhi

The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, engaged in a systematic and rigorous enquiry into some of the fundamental questions that concern historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The five thrusts of the School, Archaeology, Asian Interconnections, Art History, Global History and Economic History, are built on the foundation of ancient Nalanda, chiefly its role as a conduit of India's vibrant intellectual, religious and economic linkages with the world, and the aim of the School Of Historical Studies is to open new frontiers of knowledge on interconnections between history, memory and time in Asian and non-Asian cultural, historical and philosophical contexts is also inspired and sustained by the glorious scholastic legacy of ancient Nalanda. [+]

The School of Historical studies The School of Historical Studies (SHS) is a dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, engaged in a systematic and rigorous enquiry into some of the fundamental questions that concern historical experiences within and beyond Asia. The five thrusts of the School, Archaeology, Asian Interconnections, Art History, Global History and Economic History, are built on the foundation of ancient Nalanda, chiefly its role as a conduit of India's vibrant intellectual, religious and economic linkages with the world, and the aim of the School Of Historical Studies is to open new frontiers of knowledge on interconnections between history, memory and time in Asian and non-Asian cultural, historical and philosophical contexts is also inspired and sustained by the glorious scholastic legacy of ancient Nalanda. Students in the School of Historical Studies will gain an incisive knowledge of comparative and trans-regional history as well as global history, and develop a thorough understanding of methodological and theoretical issues, critical for multidisciplinary historical research. The overriding aim of SHS is to equip students with the required skill and capability to carry out original and innovative research based on archaeological findings, archival sources in classical and modern languages and field research. The School of Historical Studies encourages collaborative research with students and faculty from affiliated universities and institutions, study abroad experience, and training in an Indian and/or a foreign language. Students are expected to pursue interdisciplinary research, choose courses relevant to their research interests in other disciplines/schools and study a classical and modern language to enhance their research skills. Focus areas The thrust areas of the School are: Asian connections Archaeology Art history Global history Economic history Master’s Programme The School Of Historical Studies currently offers an internationally competitive M.A. programme, and will soon develop a Ph.D. programme, focused on global and comparative history. All Master’s students are required to obtain a minimum of 48 credits spread over 4 semesters. The curriculum comprises a mix of core and elective courses. The first two semesters cover core courses, elective courses and one basic Language course; while third and fourth semesters emphasize more on infusing research skills in the master’s students by stressing more on specialized elective courses, advance language courses and thesis components. Each student may choose from an array of languages being offered at the School, viz. Sanskrit, Pali, Korean and Chinese. The research focus of the School is well supported by supervised readings, dissertation writing and field works. The School believes that interdisciplinary studies enhances the educational experience and allows the student to challenge one’s own beliefs through learning not only different ‘facts’ of information from different disciplines but crucially, different methodologies and ways of thinking. Many courses of the SHS and the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions (SBS) are cross listed with each other. Career Opportunities In addition to teaching, research and academic careers Nalanda Students are finding employment in corporate and government sectors ,media and journalism, diplomacy, international organizations and museums. Collaborations The School has established connections for collaborative research links with institutions around the world. Some of the major ones are: Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) Peking University (China) Archaeological Survey of India (ASI, India) European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF, France) International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Netherlands) Courses at the School Core Courses Imagining Asia Research Methodologies Critical Readings in Historical Studies Electives Exploring Indo-Persian Histories History and Philology in Pre-modernity Evolution of Islamic Thought: Concepts, Peoples, Spaces Intellectual Histories of India in Early Modernity Publics and Patrimonies: Heritage, History, and Memory in the Global Worlds of South Asia Topics in East Asian Religions and Thought Understanding Sufism Visualizing South Asia: Sites and Mediums Rivers of Monsoon Asia: Natural Environment, Society and Economy along the Ganga and Irrawaddy South Asian Buddhism(s) Cultural Exchanges between Pre-modern South and Southeast Asia: From ‘Greater India’ to the ‘Sanskrit Cosmopolis’ (and Beyond) Buddhism in Global Contemporary Art, from West to East Introduction to Visual Culture in Colonial India Pre-modern Korean History The Indian Ocean Interconnections: Movements of People, Goods and Ideas across East Africa and the Indonesian Archipelago Language Courses Introduction to Sanskrit I Introduction to Sanskrit II Intermediate Sanskrit I Introductory Korean Pali Faculty Pankaj Mohan: {Dean} Pankaj Mohan studied East Asian languages, history and cultures, initially at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and subsequently at Peking University, Beijing, Seoul National University, Seoul and the Australian National University, Canberra where he received his Ph.D. degree in East Asian history. He taught Korean language, Classical Chinese and various courses in Korean and East Asian history at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Copenhagen between 1991 and 2009. In July 2009 he was appointed Professor and Dean of the Faculty of International Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies, South Korea, and he held this position until January 2015 when he moved to Nalanda University. Aditya Malik: {Professor } Aditya Malik was trained in philosophy, archaeology, history, social anthropology and religious studies at St. Stephen's College (Delhi), Deccan College (Pune) and the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg (Germany) from where he received his Ph.D. in the History of Religions, and Habilitation (professorial degree) in Modern Indian Studies. He has been a Senior Fellow of the German Research Council (Heidelberg); Visiting Faculty, Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University (Jerusalem); Visiting Professor, Cluster Innovative Centre, University of Delhi; Fellow, Max-Weber-Centre for Advanced Social Science Research (Erfurt/Germany); Deputy Director, New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC); Associate Director, New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI); and Head of Religious Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Sraman Mukherjee: {Assistant Professor} Sraman Mukherjee completed his Ph.D. from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and the University of Calcutta. Trained as a historian of colonial and early post-colonial South Asia, his work explores the politics of heritage looking at modern biographies of sites, objects, monuments, and disciplinary and institutional histories of archaeology and museums. Sraman has held post-doctoral research positions at the International Institute of Asian Studies (Leiden), in the Department of Art History and the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV, Leiden), and a full term teaching position at the Presidency University (Kolkata). Kashshaf Ghani: {Assistant Professor} Kashshaf Ghani received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Calcutta. His dissertation explored Sufi rituals and devotional practices in South Asia across Sufi orders, connecting it to areas beyond South Asia. His fields of interest include Sufism, Islam in South Asia and Muslim societies with a focus on pre-modern India (1000-1800). He has held research positions at the Asiatic Society, Kolkata; the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, and at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. Samuel Wright:{ Assistant Professor} Samuel Wright received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research combines intellectual, political, literary, social, and linguistic contexts with the study of history in early modern India (15th to 18th centuries). His publications span the domains of social, political, literary, and intellectual history. Ranu Roychoudhuri: {Assistant Professor} Ranu Roychoudhuri received her graduate training and PhD (2015) at the University of Chicago. She is a historian of photography and specializes in the documentary genre. Her doctoral research focused on aesthetic conventions and sociocultural consequences of mass-circulated photographs in twentieth-century India. Her areas of research and teaching interest include media archaeology, art market, film history, contemporary art, and history of photography. Murari Kumar Jha {Assistant Professor} Murari Jha received training in historical research at Leiden University, the Netherlands (2006–2013) and also at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1999–2006). He has a PhD from the Institute of History, Leiden University and another PhD from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. In the Netherlands, Murari learnt the Dutch language and did research based on the Dutch East India Company’s (VOC) records in the National Archives, The Hague. His study in the Netherlands was supported by the prestigious ENCOMPASS programme funded by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and during his PhD, he received the highly competitive fellowship –AIO (Assistent in Opleiding)– from LUF (Leiden University Fund). From Leiden Murari moved to Singapore where he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at History Department, NUS Christine Vial Kayser {Visiting Assistant Professor} Christine Vial Kayser studied Art history at University of Paris-Sorbonne, and subsequently qualified as museum curator from Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris. After several years as museum curator, she attended Goldsmiths college in London, earning an Mres and then a PhD from Paris-Sorbonne in contemporary art history. Coming from a Western background, she focuses on Asian art, which she examines from a comparative perspective, with a special interest on the spiritual, and the phenomenological. Abhishek S. Amar: {Visiting Associate Professor} Abhishek S. Amar specializes in the archaeological history of South Asian religions especially Buddhism and Hinduism. After completing his Ph.D. in History from SOAS, University of London, he received a fellowship from Kate Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr University, Germany in 2009 to conduct research on inter-religious interactions in the early medieval India. Amar has co-edited Cross-Disciplinary Perspective on a Contested Buddhist Site: Bodhgaya Jataka (2012) and also published articles in leading scholarly journals and edited collections. FAQs Can you send me more information about this program? Full information about all the programs offered at Nalanda University can be found on the following url: http://www.nalandauniv.edu.in/schools/ When is the application deadline for this program? Aspirant candidates can apply for the programs offered at Nalanda University throughout the year. The University follows Rolling Admissions. We evaluate the Applications as they arrive, by shortlisting and interviewing the candidates at regular intervals. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed from January 2017 onward. The candidates appearing in their final examination of their Bachelor’s degree in 2017 may also register for Admission. The seats are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications help in securing the seat in the School and accommodation of choice. To avoid disappointment on these fronts it is advisable to apply for admissions at the earliest. The last date for applications for the first round of admissions in the 2017 Academic year is Apr 1. How much does this program cost? The program costs Fee Details Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Tuition Fees 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR $470 $470 $470 $470 Admission Fees 6,000 INR NIL NIL NIL $100 NIL NIL NIL Security Deposit (Refundable) 6,000 INR NIL NIL NIL $100 NIL NIL NIL Total 40,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR $670 $470 $470 $470 ... [-]

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Masters in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2017 India Delhi

The School fosters critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia. [+]

The School of Buddhist Studies ,Philosophy and Comparative Religions This School gives special emphasis to the study of Buddhist ideas and values in relation to other philosophical and religious traditions. The wider social-historical-cultural contexts of the development of Buddhist traditions is examined through an innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum .The School fosters critical thinking and explore the wider cultural and historical context of Buddhism in individual regions of Asia. Focus areas Asian Connection Spread of Buddhism Buddhist Archaeology and Art South and East Asian religious Traditions Interaction of Religious Traditions Theory and Methods of Religious Studies Masters Programme Students are required to complete a course work of 48 credits (12 credits per semester) and submit a thesis towards the fulfillment of a Master’s degree. Six of these course credits are for thesis-specific courses taken with the student’s primary advisor. All students are required to take a survey course during the first semester of coursework; and a methodology course during their third semester. The MA thesis has to be approved by an appropriate faculty committee. The School has a strong language component for faculty and students, in at least, one of the Classical Buddhist languages (Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan) or another source language (e.g. Prakrit for Jainism, Japanese or Korean for Japanese or Korean Buddhism). This enables students to read original Buddhist and other religious texts and develop the skills necessary to do qualified Post Graduate research work. MA students are therefore required to have reading knowledge of at least one classical language, such as Sanskrit, Pali, classical Chinese, or Tibetan. Ph.D. students must have advanced knowledge of the relevant classical language and should employ it the writing of dissertation. Courses in the School Visit our Website for more information: http://www.nalandauniv.edu.in/schools/sbs-pcr/ Faculty Max Deeg { Dean School of Buddhist Studies ,Philosophy and Comparative Religions} Professor Deeg received his PhD in Classical Indology and his professoral degree (Habilitation) in Religious Studies from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. He has taught languages and Religious Studies at Japanese, German, Austrian and British universities. His main research areas are the history of South Asian and East Asian Buddhism, the role and function of narratives in Asian religious traditions, and the reception history (Rezeptionsgeschichte) of Religious Studies and the study of Asian religions. At the moment Professor Deeg is working on two major projects, on a translation of Xuanzang’s Datang-Xiyu-ji (Records of the Western World) with an extensive historical commentary, and on the earliest Christian texts from Tang China. His publications include a (German) translation and study of the Gaoseng-Faxian-zhuan (Record of the Eminent Monk Faxian), a (German) translation of the Lotussutra, and various articles and essays on the history of Buddhism in South Asia and East Asia and other Asian religions (Manichaeism, Daoism, Brahmanism). Garima Kaushik :{Assistant Professor} Garima is an archaeologist who has excavated at a number of important Historic and Proto Historic Archeological sites in India including Sravasti, Dholavira, Govishana and Adi Badri. She has been involved in academic as well as active field research on Early Buddhist Historical Sites for over fifteen years. She has worked as an Assistant Archaeologist in the Archaeological Survey of India, Department under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for over 12 years and has published numerous works on Buddhism, gender and archaeology. Aleksandra Wenta {Assistant Professor } Aleksandra Wenta is an Assistant Professor in the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions. She was trained at Oxford University, Banaras Hindu University and Jagiellonian University. She was fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2012- 2014) where she worked on the aesthetics of power in medieval Chidambaram. Her scholarly interests range from Buddhism in India and Tibet, through Sanskrit and history of Śaivism in Kashmir and South India, to the performance theories and emotions in pre-modern India. She is currently working on the doctrinal debate that dominated the scene in the intellectual history of the eleventh-century Indo-Tibetan world that was forced to enter the battlefield of the critical discussion during the ‘tantric age’. Aleksandra has recently (2016) been awarded a grant from FIND: India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues, Italy. Patricia Sauthoff : {Teaching fellow} Patricia is presently associated with the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions as a Teaching Fellow. She will receive her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, (University of London) in the coming months. She also holds an MA in History from SOAS, an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John's College (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and BAs in Religious Studies and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She previously taught courses in Religion, Philosophy, Literature, and Journalism at the College of Santa Fe (New Mexico). Her last trip to India was as a Summer History Fellow for the Wikimedia Foundation. Andrea Acri {Visiting Associate Professor} Andrea Acri was trained at Leiden University (PhD 2011, MA 2006) and at the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ (Laurea degree, 2005). He has held research fellowships in the Netherlands (IIAS), Australia (ANU), the UK (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies), and Singapore (Asia Research Institute/NUS and Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre/ ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute). Andrea’s work focuses on the transfer and transformation of Indic religions (esp. Śaivism and Tantric Buddhism) and philosophical systems across South and Southeast Asia. Career Opportunities In addition to teaching, research and academic careers Nalanda Students are finding employment in corporate and government sectors, media and journalism, diplomacy, international organizations ,law, , social work, the ministry , environmental protection, human rights, communication, business ,race relations, and applied ethics. FAQs Can you send me more information about this program? Full information about all the programs offered at Nalanda University can be found on the following url: http://www.nalandauniv.edu.in/schools/ When is the application deadline for this program? Aspirant candidates can apply for the programs offered at Nalanda University throughout the year. The University follows Rolling Admissions. We evaluate the Applications as they arrive, by shortlisting and interviewing the candidates at regular intervals. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed from January 2017 onward. The candidates appearing in their final examination of their Bachelor’s degree in 2017 may also register for Admission. The seats are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications help in securing the seat in the School and accommodation of choice. To avoid disappointment on these fronts it is advisable to apply for admissions at the earliest. The last date for applications for the first round of admissions in the 2017 Academic year is Apr 1. How much does this program cost? The program costs Fee Details Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Tuition Fees 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR $470 $470 $470 $470 Admission Fees 6,000 INR NIL NIL NIL $100 NIL NIL NIL Security Deposit (Refundable) 6,000 INR NIL NIL NIL $100 NIL NIL NIL Total 40,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR 28,000 INR $670 $470 $470 $470 ... [-]

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Nalanda University

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Website http://www.nalandauniv.edu.in/index.html
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