Department of Manuscriptology

A manuscript speaks of the past, reveals history, unfolds perspectives & reflects socio – cultural scenes of its time. Its contents are significant literally, scientifically and historically. Its forms fascinating paleographically, calligraphically and technically. Thus, manuscripts are concrete examples of humanistic & artistic activities of the past. It may be mentioned that the formal aspect of a manuscript deals with structural analysis of elements related to the visual & aesthetic qualities. The department is fully committed to the revival of this ancient treasure.

Objectives of the Department:

The department of manuscriptology has been commenced predominantly to:

1. Protect the manuscripts,

2. Research the manuscripts, and

3. To train to explore the manuscripts;

4. To present ancient literature to the whole world;

5. To provide opportunity to learn and research in spite of age factor.

MA IN Manuscriptology

Course details

1. M. A in Manuscriptology – It is a PG course with 4 semesters with a dissertation to be submitted at the end of the course.

2. P.G Diploma in Manuscriptology – It is a course which is limited to the period of 11 months with submission of dissertation as a witness of the course completion.

3. Ph D in Manuscriptology – The structure of Ph D has been executed according to the norms of UGC.

Course outcome  

1. Students will have thorough knowledge in prescribed scripts.

2. Students will gain the practical knowledge of editing texts.

3. Absolute knowledge of critical edition will be given to the students.

4. Awareness will be generated among the students in the path of collecting, protecting, and preserving manuscripts.

5. Students will be induced with the taste on Indian literature.

6. Awareness will be created about the effort and labor of the writers of Indian literature.

Course duration

1. M. A in Manuscriptology – Two years (2 semesters per year)

2. P.G diploma in Manuscriptology – 11 months 3. Ph D in Manuscriptology – Decided as per the norms of UGC.


1. M. A in manuscriptology- Shastri or any degree with Samskrit as a subject or must have passed Sahitya or equivalent course or must have passed certificate/ diploma course in Samskrit/ Pali/ Prakrit/ Manuscriptology or must have passed ‘Pravesha’ exam conducted by Surasaraswati Sabha, Sringeri or must have passed ‘Kovida’ exam conducted by Samskrit Bharati or must have passed the M.A entrance exam conducted by the university for the students who have passed any degree.

2. P.G diploma in Manuscriptology- Must have passed any Bachelor Degree with basic Samskrit knowledge.

3. Ph D in Manuscriptology- As per the norms of UGC.

Fee structure:

As per the rules of KSU.

Dr. Ramakrishna Bhat K

Assistant Professor, Head of the Department

Dr. Ramakrishna Bhat K has studied Vyakarana Vidwath (M.A) in Sri Chamarajendra Samskrita College , Bengaluru , one of the oldest Sanskrit colleges in the country. He has been awarded Ph.D  from Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha , Tirupati for his research thesis on धर्मसूरिप्रणीतपरिभाषार्थप्रकाशिकायाः सम्पादनमध्ययनञ्च , a work on a rare unpublished manuscript.

Dr. Vinayaka Namannavar

Assistant Professor

Dr. Vinayak  Namannavar has been studied in B.A with first class from Karnataka University, Dharwad and M.A. in Sanskrit with specialization in Vedanta sastra from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He has been awarded Ph.D for his research thesis “Bhagawathasaroddhara of Sri Vishnu Tirtha, a critical estimate” from Karnataka University, Dharwad.In addition to the above , he  has studied P.G. Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka State Open University, Mysore.

Dr. Prabhuswamy S

Assistant Professor

Dr. Prabhuswamy S has studied M.A. in Sanskrit in University of Mysore. He was awarded M.Phil degree from Kuvempu University, Shimoga. He was awarded Ph.D from University of Mysore, for his research thesis on “Shivatattvaratnakara: Ondu Samskrutika matthu Vaijnanika Adhyayana”.


A study of Nandinagari Script by Dr Vinayak Namannavar.

A Study of Brahmi Script,by Dr RamaKrishna Bhat.

A Study of Grantha Script by Dr Prabhu Swamy.

A sponsored grant for the study of old documents of Uttradhi Math. Three volume books with 2000 pages in total from the Vishwamadhwamahaparishat research centre, Uttaradi Mutt, Bangalore by Dr Vinayak Namannavar.

An undertaking to research and Re Print of Rare Books of Bodhayaneeya Brahmakarma Samuchaya by Ashtadashi , Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi .This is undertaken under the able guidance of Dr. Ramakrishna Bhatt.

Creating and mainting content for the website  organized by Ranganathasharma shodha Kendra – Bangalore