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Syllabus

The coursework in each level covers grammar/syntax, shlokas/puzzles, vocabulary and information on the Sanskrit cultural heritage. In addition, there is text material that contains stories from various works of Sanskrit literature. The student is expected to not only learn the grammar but also other aspects that have been mentioned above as they will be tested on all of the materials.

After finishing each level, there is an optional exam that can be taken (and a certificate is issued for successful students). This exam is conducted twice a year (February-March & August-September).

Level 1  – प्रवेश (Praveśa) – Click here to Register for this course

Praveśa course is normally for beginners (who know any Indian language) and broadly covers the following topics:

  1. Study and use of Devānagarī script
  2. Declensions of masculine feminine and neuter genders for vowel ending nouns
  3. Declensions of various pronouns
  4. Syntax and usages of all seven vibhaktis (declensions)
  5. Saṃkhyā (Numerals)
  6. Tenses Present, past future and Imperative, in both parasmaipada and ātmanepada forms.
  7. Introduction to verb classification
  8. Past participle, gerunds, infinitives
  9. Upasargas (prefixes)


Ongoing Praveśa Classes (2020):

Class Level Course DurationTeacherFrequency Day & Time (UK time zone) Places available?
Praveśa Fast (6 months)Anuradha SharmaOnce WeeklyTuesdays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs (UK time zone) Full
PraveśaSlow (12 months)Indu Gupta & Ananth PuranikOnce WeeklyWednesdays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs (UK time zone)Full
Praveśa Slow (12 months) Ramya Hari & Sheshadri IyengarOnce Weekly Thursdays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs (UK time zone) Nearly Full
Praveśa Fast (6 months) Rucha ThakerOnce WeeklyThursdays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs (UK time zone) Full
Praveśa Fast (6 months) Renu VermaOnce WeeklyFridays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs (UK time zone) Full

Level 2 – Paricaya (please contact us if you want to register for Parichaya classes)

Parichaya is an intermediate level course (for those who have done Praveśa already) and broadly covers the following topics:

  1. Adjectives, and their usage
  2. Ordinals
  3. Sandhi (modification of the sound of a word or morpheme when juxtaposed with another or coalescence of letters)
  4. Avyayāni (Indeclinables)
  5. Potential mood
  6. Śloka anvaya krama (method of reading versified poetry)
  7. Karmaṇi prayoga (passive voice) and bhave prayoga (impersonal voice)
  8. Passive Participles and infinitives


Ongoing Paricaya Classes (2020):

Class Level Course DurationTeacherFrequency Day & Time (UK time zone) Places available?
Paricaya12 MonthsMrs. Arundhati Kulkarni Once Weekly Thursdays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs (UK time zone)Yes. Contact us if you want to Register.

Level 3 – Śikṣā (please contact us if you want to register for Śikṣā classes)

Śikṣā is an advanced level course (for those who have done Paricaya already) , and broadly covers the following topics:

  1. Present Participles (shatru) their use and syntax in all Cases
  2. Sandhi ( advance study continued)
  3. Present Participles of Atmanei pada (Middle voice)
  4. Present Passive Participles (śānac) their use and syntax in all cases (vibhaktis)
  5. Use of absolutives (sati saptami)
  6. Detailed rules of anvaya racana for śloka interpretation
  7. Excerpts from Bhagavadgītā, and other famous Saṃskṛtam literature.
  8. Course instruction is primarily Saṃskṛtam. Answers are expected to be written in Saṃskṛtam (in Devanāgarī script) in the exam.


Ongoing Śikṣā Classes:

Class Level Course Duration TeacherFrequency Day & Time (UK time zone) Places available?
Śikṣā 12 Months Madhurima VenkatOnce Weekly Mondays 20:30 to 21:30 hrs Yes. Contact us if you want to Register.

Level 4 – Kovida (please contact us if you want to register for Kovida classes)

Kovida is an expert level course (for those who have done Śikṣā already) and broadly covers the following topics:

  1. Compounds (the 5 groups, and sub classes along with their derivation and usage)
  2. Secondary Nominal bases ( taddhita or secondary affixes)
  3. Passages from important Sanskrit literary authors using simple Sanskrit
  4. Biographies of important figures in Sanskrit literature
  5. Alaṅkāras (Figures of speech)
  6. Chandas (Poetic Meters)
  7. Brief introduction to Sanskrit composition and letter writing
  8. Course instruction is primarily Saṃskṛtam. Answers are expected to be written in Saṃskṛtam (in Devanāgarī script) in the exam.


Ongoing Kovida Classes:

Class Level TeacherFrequency Day & Time (UK time zone)
KovidaRam VaidyaTBCTBC