Digital Campus, Madras Sanskrit College

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  • Description

    "Samskrta Pravesika - 1" is an introductory course on the Sanskrit language is designed to teach to the learner the basic concepts of Sanskrit starting from alphabets, covering verbs and common words/phrases. This online course can be taken by anybody who has a curiosity to learn about this ancient Indian language, without any prerequisites. The course is structured in such a way that users after first taught the basic alphabets along with animations, thereby teaching them the correct way to write the letters too. The course also has ample exercises built in to make the learning process more structured and effective. At the end of this course, the learner would be able to read and understand basic sanskrit, and also know common words and phrases used for communication.

    Why learn Sanskrit (Ankurah/ Pravesika / Dakshata) ?
    Our ancient religious scriptures like the Vedas, Agamas, Shastras, Puranas, Itihasas etc. and spiritual texts of philosophies are all scripted in Sanskrit. Knowledge of religion can be segmented as learning of scriptures and practice of scriptures. The learning aspect covers understanding Upanishads and Vedic literature. The practice aspect requires mastery of the rules of the Agamas. Both Vedas and Agamas are in Sanskrit. Next, looking at spirituality, a seeker needs to understand philosophical texts. These texts have been developed by our ancient Indian philosophical schools in Sanskrit. For example, the texts of Advaita, Dvaita, Sankhya, Yoga etc. Therefore, for the study of religion and for the pursuit of spirituality it becomes essential to learn Sanskrit. Learning Sanskrit is enabled in a structured manner through the courses we offer. Pravesika 1, 2 and Dakshata 1, 2 & 3 are designed to help a student to start from the very basics and reach a level of high proficiency where he can independently comprehend advanced Sanskrit. These courses facilitate higher learning of Sanskrit language also.

  • Syllabus

    - Alphabets
    - Basic Words
    - Grammar - 7 Vibhaktis or Cases
    - Grammar - Singular/Dual/Plural
    - Grammar - Nouns and Adjectives
    - Grammar - Indeclinables
    - Grammar - Verbs and Tenses
    - Grammar - Prefixes
    - Grammar - Numbers in Sanskrit
    - Grammar - Few Advanced Concepts
    - Simple Conversations and Shlokas
    - Parsing – nouns, verbs or indeclinables

  • FAQ

    1. What is the recommended background for taking part in this course?

    No background whatsoever is needed. Anybody can take this course.

    2. What are the technical requirements for taking part in this course?

    Being an on-line course, you need a computer / mobile / tablet device with internet connection that enables you to watch the video lectures and download study materials as applicable.

    3. What is the format of the Course?

    This is a self-paced with one year of active access. The course is delivered through a structured set of lecture videos, which are usually between ten to twenty minutes each. There will be quizzes and worksheets as part of the lessons. Upon completion of each module and/or quiz, the student will be able to activate the next module. This way the students can progress module after module until the end of the course. The course will be available for one year for the student to complete, however if the student wants to finish it early he/she can always do that. You can use the 'Ask an Expert' feature to reach-out to our staff and Subject Matter Experts and get your lesson/course related doubts clarified.

    4. Any suggested reading required?

    None required. Once you enrol you can start learning from the course materials.

    5. Do I need to take all the modules?

    Yes. Course completion calls for covering the entire syllabus prescribed. Weightage will be 30% for class participation (including 20% for quizzes and 10% for regular timely attendance ) 70% marks needed to get the certificate.

    6. Should I attempt all the quizzes?

    As you know, to learn a language, one needs to not only learn well, but also be able to appreciate the nuances of the language, which is based on recalling what is learned. Quizzes help one recall the learned aspects and revise well. Needless to say that the more quizzes one attempts, the preparation would be better. Also progress to the next lesson will be allowed only on passing the quiz.

    7. What are Worksheets and where can I find them?

    Worksheets are practice sheets for you to download and use to practice the lesson your are being taught. They can be found below each lesson deck. You can download them for your use.

    8. What do I receive at the end of the course and what is the criteria to get it?

    After the completion of the course, there is a final exam. If you pass it, you will have successfully completed the course and will get a certificate from Madras Sanskrit College. The certificate will be emailed to you as a soft copy and you may print it, if need be.

    9. How do I take my final exam? Do I need to come in person to the college to write it?

    You can take your final exam online from your home or wherever you take your courses. There is no need to come to the college.

    10. What is the exam model?

    The exam is an online quiz similar to the lesson quizzes. There will be only MCQs in the exam. You need not write or type anything. Further instructions about the exam can be read from the coursepage on completing all the modules.

    11. I didn't do well in the quiz in my first attempt. Can I take it again?

    You can take the quiz as many times as you want. The best result among your attempts will be considered for the assessment.

    12. Is there any age limit to take the course?

    There is no age limit to take the course.

    13. How long is my course valid?

    The course is valid for one year from the date of your joining the course. Within that period you are expected to complete studying the lessons and take the final exam also. If you fail to complete the course within the stipulated time, you can extend the course for a period of 6 months for a nominal fee. On completing the course you will be moved to a learning circle where you can enjoy lifelong access to the lessons and worksheets.

    14. How do I ensure hassle-free online learning?

    For hassle-free online learning experience remember to clear cache in your computer/phone/tablet devices. Keeping the device clean averts errors during its online usage. We recommend Google Chrome or Micrsoft Edge for this program for good learning experience. In both the browsers the cache can be cleaned by opening 'Settings' and searching for 'Clear browsing data'.

    15. What is the difference between Interactive and Self-paced versions of Pravesika?

    In interactive version you have live sessions where a teacher will login (twice a week) and teach the concepts. In the self-paced version, you have recorded videos which can be accessesd anytime by logging in.