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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham launches online course on Hinduism

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Friday, January 21, 2022, 02:57 PM IST

The first batch of the course starts from April 2022. | Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham
The first batch of the course starts from April 2022. | Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham
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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has launched an Online Certificate Program on Hinduism. titled “Introduction to Hinduism.” The course, delivered by the varsity’s International Centre for Spiritual Studies, will be spread across 200 hours over six months. The course fee is Rs. 10,000 and anyone over the age of 16 years can enroll in the program through https://amrita.edu/ahead/introduction-to-hinduism/. The first batch of course starts from April 2022.

Course details

Lectures from more than 30 prominent scholars will offer students deep insights into the texts, traditions, philosophical schools, and worldview of Hinduism. This includes expert faculty from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, senior academicians who collaborate with the varsity, professors from various universities across India as well as traditional Brahmachari and Sannyasi scholars from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. The students will have the opportunity to interact with the scholars through live interactive sessions and group discussions. The course is divided into five units including Introduction, Fundamentals, Literature, Philosophy and Practical Aspects of Hinduism.

Brahmachari Achyutāmṛta Chaitanya, Dean – Amrita Darshanam, said that while it is not possible to explore the depths of Hinduism in a 6-month course, the topics covered touch upon almost all its aspects. “The aim of the program is to awaken youth to the profound worldview offered by Hinduism. We have selected topics and condensed them in a way that they can be served to the students in a limited time, and they will be asked to explore the topics further on their own,” he said.

Sivanandan DS, Asst. Prof., Amrita Darshanam, said, “The course will offer a bird’s eye view of Sanatan Dharma, which is one of the major philosophical systems in the world. The students will get an idea of the various texts, traditions and philosophical schools of Hinduism. They will be able to understand and practice this ancient spiritual and philosophical wisdom in their personal and societal realms.”

Prof. Balakrishnan Shankar, Dean – Faculty of Engineering, Amritapuri Campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, said, “We must explain the ideals of Indian philosophy in the language of modern society and make it relevant to people. This is a big challenge and an opportunity, which Amrita Darshanam is working on.”

Brahmachari Achyutāmṛta Chaitanya, Dean – Amrita Darshanam, further added, “The focus on spirituality is part of the vision of well-known humanitarian and spiritual leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), the Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Amma says that values, culture, morality, ethics, and spirituality are essential for all human beings. There are some famous quotes from our scriptures, which say that the actual goal of education is independence in every sense of the word. Education for living is imparted by all educational institutions, but education for life is imparted by Amrita Darshanam.”

Amrita Darshanam is also offering a 6-week Online Certificate Program in “Mahabharata Upanayanam” and a 4-week Program in “Essence of Hinduism”. Around 170 students have enrolled so far for the course on Mahabharata and 120 students for “Essence of Hinduism”. Of this, at least 30-40 students are foreigners.

Amrita Darshanam will also organise a two-day advanced public workshop on Mahabharata, named “Dharma Darshanam,” on February 12 and 13, 2022. Designed as a critical reading exercise, it will be a package of intensive academic discussions of select texts from Vyāsa Mahābhārata, alongside popular commentaries, opinions and articles. The workshop will offer a chance to discuss, contemplate and understand Vyāsa’s Mahābhārata.

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Published on: Friday, January 21, 2022, 02:55 PM IST