Department of Vyakarana
येनाक्षरसमाम्नायमधिगम्य महेश्वरात् ।
कृत्स्नं व्याकरणं प्रोक्तं तस्मै पाणिनये नमः ॥
Language is an essential communication tool that helps in conveying one’s thoughts to others. Grammar is the heart and soul of any language. Samskrita Vyakarana is no exception.
Department of Vyakarana at Karnataka Samskrit University was started in the year 2017. The department primarily focuses on the study of Samskrit grammar, its philosophy and applications. This is done through the study of classical and shastraic texts and their applications in modern times. Consequently, there are been consistent focus on research in the areas such as Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Translation, Machine learning.
Department of Vyakarana at KARNATAKA SAMSKRIT UNIVERSITY has faculty with diverse background – an enviable combination of traditional grammarians and modern engineering graduates, who have been trained in Samskrita Vyakaranam. The syllabus is tailored to provide a comprehensive knowledge to the students as per the guidelines of National Educational Policy (NEP). It encompasses both the traditional and modern features of Sanskrit grammar along with related training in areas such as Samskrit communication, computer programming, Shabdabodha, Natural Language Processing and so on. Additionally, optional and elective courses from other departments are offered, promoting interdisciplinary studies.
The department has been encouraging students to participate in Vakyarthasadas, Spardhas and other scholarly competitions. The department has also been emphasing on interdisciplinary studies to bridge the gap between traditional and modern disciplines.
Another unique feature of the department is that it handles multi-disciplinary projects where students also have the opportunity to earn as a member of the project team.
The department has introduced two unique programmes – Gurukula Svadhyaya and Shastrabhyasa Series to promote Shastra studies. The department also offers PG Diploma in Samskrit Computational Linguistics for traditional as well as technical students, where they learn the application of Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) through computer technology.
Objectives of the Department:
The objective of the department is to enable students to:
· Understand the fundamental process of Ashtadhyayi and related texts and also delve deep into the Aarshika and Darshanika concepts
· Learn Shabdabodha principles of Samskrit Vyakarana and other disciplines.
· Read and comprehend shastric texts (granthas) independently by the end of the course.
· Recognize and learn the linkages between Vyakarana and other fields of Sanskrit such as Nyaya, and appreciate its position as one of the six Vedangas.
· Analyze any language based on Paninian grammar.
· Explore ancient Indian Knowledge Systems and its relevance in modern context.
· Train students to pursue research in multi-disciplinary studies.
· Obtain placement for students in premier institutes such as IITs where multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research is undertaken along with regular placements.
Prof Shivani V
Professor, Head of the Department and Dean of Shastra Faculty
Dr Shivani is a Dean, Shastra Faculty, and Director, IQAC, Karnataka Samskrit University. She has completed her doctorate on ‘A Computational Model for Linguistic Study of Sanskrit – Balakanda of Ramayana as a Case Study’ and did her Post Graduation in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Sanskrit Vyakarana.
Dr Anupama B
Dr. Anupama is the Assistant Professor at Department of Vyakarana. She completed her PhD from University of Mysore in 2016 on the topic “Kaumudee katha kalloniyalli vyakarana mattu sahitya prakarada smeekshatmaka Adhyayana”. She has also authored a book titled “Lekhanagala Kallola”.
Dr Archana Karanth
Dr. Archana Karanth P. R. completed six years of Arsha vidyabhyasa at Maitreyi Gurukula at Murkaje in Bantwala Taluk of Dakshina Kannada District.
After that, she studied grammar in Rajiv Gandhi’s environment at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Sringeri and got the highest marks in Shastri and Acharya classes and got three gold medals.
In the most unique Shalaka Spardha held every year at the state and national level, she is awarded the Svarnapadaka with the first place in the state and the national Level. She has also participated in speech and essay competitions held in various parts of the country and received many awards.
She is blessed with the honor of being the first girl in the state to get a total of ten gold medals in her student life while studying Sanskrit.
Dr. Swati Basapur
Holds an engineering degree in Electronics and Communications and 8+ yrs experience in IT industry and immense interest in Samskrita Grammar. BA in Samskrita Vyakarana and MA in General Samskrita, Completed PhD in Researching on “Pali to Samskrita machine translation”.
Has a thorough understanding of Pali and Samskrit Grammar.
Vid. Chaitanya S Lakkundi
JRF, Supporting Faculty
Vid. Chaitanya Lakkundi having completed his MA in Samskrit Vyakarana is currently pursuing PhD in the Karnataka Samskrit University. He has also qualified the UGC NET exam with JRF (Junior Research Fellowship). He has completed his engineering in Computer Science from NIE, Mysore and has had research experience in Software Engineering from IIT Tirupati.
His research interests include Computational Linguistics, Ayurveda, and Yoga. He has published multiple papers and presented in various conferences of International repute
Visiting faculty in the Department
- Prof Shrinivasa Varakhedi, VC, Central Samskrit University, New Delhi
- Prof P Madhavan, University of Indian and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad
- Prof Kavi Narayana Murthy, University of Hyderabad
- Dr Sai Susarla, MIT Vedic Studies
- Dr Shridhar, Bangalore
- Dr. Shivarama Bhat
- Dr. Umamaheshwar
- Dr. Sivaja S Nair
- Dr. Srinivasa N Acharya
- Dr Arjun Bharadvaj
Government Funded Projects
- National Language Translation Mission (NLTM) – An Interpretable Unified Framework for Text-to-Text Translation among Indian Languages using Sanskrit-based Interlingua Representation
- Sanskrit Academic GPS
Non – Government Projects
- Pali Morphological Analyser/Generator
- Shastra Mapping – Mahabhashya
- Shastra Mapping – Yogasutra
Non-funded and Student Projects
A list of academic projects done as a part of the coursework by the students of the department are listed below.
- Aayussamskritam Courseware for Ayurvedic Medical Students.
- तर्कसङ्ग्रहः – Tarkasaṅgrahaḥ Ontological knowledge representation
- Vāṅmayī-e Create text – explore the meaning.
- प्राचीनन्यायः Prācīnanyāyaḥ Ontological knowledge representation
- Sandhi Splitting tool in cooperation with UoH
- साङ्गणकपाळि Sāṅgaṇikapāli Pali language tools
- Bhaṭṭikāvya-nandinī Explore Bhattikavya with Karaka dependency
- Vaijayantīkośa Knowledge net
- Nāmadhāturūpikā Denominative verbs
- Śabdakautukam Practice noun forms
- Anvayacitraṇam tool Draw relations
- E-SA E-Shloka Architect
- Prakrita Stree Pratyaya Generator
- Prakrita Verbform Generator
Sambhasha – A centre for Shastric Studies
A Centre for Shastric Studies is being run Under the aegis of Karnataka Samskrit University (KARNATAKA SAMSKRIT UNIVERSITY ). This centre undertakes multidisciplinary research projects under its fold. These projects which are consummated according to NEP, directly contribute towards the enhancement of Indian Knowledge System.
As a part of this initiative,
सङ्गणकभाषा is a web portal that hosts tools developed free of cost for
public. This is a non-profit service that is provided to individuals from
diverse groups – Ayurvedic doctors/students, samskrita students and the
general public interested in Indian Knowledge Systems. The following are
the tools developed by the team Computing Panini Group headed by Prof
Click here to view Sambhasha
Prof. Shivani V
- Journal Editor: https://ksu.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Prof-Shivani-journal-main.pdf
Dr. Anupama B
- https://ksu.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Dr-Anupama-Article.pdf (10 articles merged)
Dr. Archana Karanth P R
https://ksu.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Dr.-Archana-Articles-.pdf (9 Articles)
Dr. Swathi Basapur
https://ksu.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Dr.-Swati-Articles-.pdf ( 2 Articles)
Vid Chaitanya S Lakkundi
https://ksu.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Vid.-Chaitanya-Articles-.pdf (5 Articles)