Sanskrit, the language of elegant antiquity and alluring beauty, is the mother of all languages. It has rich literature which equipped with the vibrant vedas, unique upanishads, prominent puranas, dynamic dharmasastras, phenomenal philosophies, and many more subjects composed & compiled by eminent seers and scholars. This lavishing language embellished Indian society, culture and heritage. It preserved and established the spirit of human unity and global brotherhood.
The Sanskrit Department was started in 1948 along with the establishment of Miranda House. The Department built a harmony between ancient and advanced technology, i.e., the tradition of blending knowledge and science is a perfect combination which is useful and relevant in modern times(present day). Vedas, literature, Vedic mathematics, Ayurveda, astrology, dharmasastras, ethics, kautilyaArthshastra, panini's grammar, Indian philosophy, and other subject matters are taught by the department. The Sanskrit department is committed to the overall development of students to flourish with flying colours.
The teachers of the department use an integrated form of ancient and modern teaching pedagogy to teach different subjects. We make the best efforts to impart textual knowledge and also try to enlighten students with the deep thoughts that are embedded in Sanskrit text. While teaching we use innovative methods like audiovisuals, Powerpoint presentations, live demonstrations of theatre and music, group discussions, storytelling etc. Taking students to visit historical places is an integral part of the departmental teaching method for facilitating subjects such as epigraphy and archaeology.
Under the auspices of Sanskrit Sangam,the Department organises various programs such as inter-class and inter- college competitions, research paper presentations, cultural programs, workshops, seminars round the year. Sanskrit speaking camps are organised from time to time to enhance the speaking skills of students. These activities provide the students an opportunity to demonstrate and blossom their inherent talent.
For more than 20 years, Mrs. SanyuktaChaudhary and M. M. Gupta memorable lectures are being organized in which distinguished scholars such as Prof. Gary TubbBindeshwariPathak, PadmavibhushanSonalMansingh, Dr.Karan Singh, Dr.GeetaChandran, Dr.KapilaVatsyayan, Dr.Binoy K. Behl, etc. had been invited to the college.
Apart from this, academic lectures for subject clarification are also organised. Special classes are also being organized for the NET-JRF examination for the capacity building of students.
In respect tothe examination, the department has always been performing well. Last year, about 75 percent of the students had passed with first division. They secure University ranks also. Due to this, every year a large no of our students get awards from Delhi Sanskrit Academy and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan University positions also.
Along with teaching, teachers are also doing equally well in the field of writing and research. Many books on various subjects have been authored by Dr.UrmilaRustagi (retd.), Dr.ShraddhaShukla, Dr.RekhaArora, and Dr.MeenaKumari. A number of students are doing M.Phil andPh.D. under their able guidance.
The ex-students of the department are not only serving the country but working in abroad also. The scope for the students is just not limited to teaching, but they excel in judiciary, writing, management, print and electronic media, museums, and other fields. Prof. T. S. Rakmani, Dr. Malati Oakley, Dr. Kalpana Rajukar, Dr. Subhadra Desai, Dr. Urmi Bhushan Gupta, Dr. Kalpana Raveendra Ponkshe, Dr. Richa, Ms. Shiksha, Ms. Akanksha Shekhar, Ms. Priyanka Sharma, Ms. Shambhavi, Ms.Lakshmi Girishmanjana Reddy, Mrs. Rajni, etc. have a remarkable contribution in the field of Judiciary, Administration, education, writing, music, business and media.