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Revised Syllabi (with effect from Academic Session 2019-20)

Teaching Material during COVID-19 lockdown





Secret buddhism vajrayana practices

Four Sections of Tantra



A textbook of tibetan language lama choedak t yuthok


Buddhism in the Himalayan Belt

Deity Citadels Sacred Sites of Bio-Cultural

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Luczanits 2005 EarlyLadakhHeritage


Lecture 56: the Schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Edited)

Getting to know the Four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

401(B) Text Based Study of Buddhist and Epistemology

Buddhist logic-epistemology

Dharm kirti pramaan vartik


402(B) Sarvastivada and Sanskrit Gatha Literature

403(B) Mah¿íy¿ína Buddhist Literature

Dasbhumika Sutra

Mahayana Sutra

BSOE 404(B) Introduction  To Buddhist  Sanskrit Literatu

General survey of Buddhist Sanskrit Buddhist Literature

Salient feature of Mah¿íy¿ín Buddhism in China, Japan and Korea

Spread of Mah¿íy¿ín Buddhism in India ,China, Japan,Tibet, Nepal, Vietnam,and Bhutan

BSEB 401 C Ancient Indian Epigraphy

BSEC Ancient Indian Epigraphy

Origin and development of Brahmi Script 

Brahmi Script

BSOE 204 B Origin and development of Mahayan

Salient feature of Mahāyān Buddhism in China, Japan and Korea

General survey of Buddhist Sanskrit Buddhist Literature

MA Buddhist Studies

Part II Semester IV, Paper BS 401(A) Pali Poetical Literature

Part II Semester IV, Paper 403(A) Pali based Buddhist Philosophy

 Part II Semester IV, Paper 404(A) (IDC) Pali based Buddhism and Buddhist Concepts

Diploma in Pali Language and Literature

Action Taken Report on the Availability of Reading Material

Dr. Nirja Sharma

Socially Engaged Buddhism (Paper No. 203)

History Of Indian Buddhism (Paper No. IDC 204 C)

History of Northern Buddhism (Paper No. 403 C)

Dr. Susmita Vyas

Notice for International Symposium on New Paradign in the COVID-19 Pandemic based on Buddhism

Notice for M.A. Buddhist Studies students for the Academic session 2019-2020

Nodal Officer Information (OBE mode of Examinations)

Invitation - M.Phil/Ph.D Supervisors in the Department of Buddhist Studies

Library Refund form

Floating Notice For Ph.D. Buddhist Studies Admission Second Phase

Floating Notice For Faculty and Student Research Meeting

Ph.D. Notice

Ph.D. Notice : Submission of Progress Report

The Department of Buddhist Studies was established in 1957 as follow up to the action initiated by the Government of India on the occasion of the celebration of 2500 years of Buddhism on 24 May 1956. This department, the first of its kind in India, was established with the primary objective of conducting research at the advanced level in various subjects related to Buddhist Studies. As part of this initiative, a Chair of Buddhist Studies was created. Professor P.V. Bapat, a scholar of international repute, was the first scholar to occupy this chair. Professor Bapat initially began his work of organizing the Department of Buddhist Studies under the overall supervision of the Department of Philosophy which was headed by Professor N.V. Banerjee at that time. 

For the first few years, the Department had a staff strength of one professor, two research fellows, one stenographer, and an office attendant. Under Professor Bapat, University Grants Commission was approached for initiating action to provide an independent identity to the Department with its own library and more academic as well as non-academic staff. As a result of these efforts, the University Grants Commission provided one reader, three lecturers, two part-time lecturers and, one research assistant were sanctioned. However, the Department continued to function as part of the Department of Philosophy till 1962 when it began to function independently as a full-fledge department of the University of Delhi.

The Department began to admit full-time research scholars from the year 1962 onwards for the degrees of Ph.D. M.Litt. Later, post-graduate Certificate and Diploma courses each of one-year duration in Pali language and Literature were introduced in the years 1967 and 1968 respectively. Likewise post-graduate Certificate and Diploma courses in Tibetan Language and Literature each of one year duration were introduced in 1968 and 1969 respectively. The Department began to bring out its own annual research Journal Buddhist Studies in 1974. The year 1979 was a landmark when a two-year full-time M.A course in Buddhist Studies was introduced. In 1981, M.Litt. was replaced by M.Phil. course. The Department received the status of Department of Special Assistance (DSA) in 1989 from the University Grants Commission. Under this scheme, various facilities in the department were further expanded and now the department hopes to become Centre of Advanced Study at the end of third phase of the DSA Programme. Under the Assistance for Strengthening of Infrastructure for Humanities and Social Sciences (ASIHSS) scheme of the University Grants Commission awarded in the year 2006, the Department has been able to acquire sufficient technical and infrastructural facilities to be able to function as a competitive academic institution striving for excellence. 

Apart from within India, students of as many 37 different nationalities have studied and/or done research at the Department of Buddhist Studies. A large number of the alumni of this Department hold positions of eminence in different parts of the world. The Department takes pride in having internationally known academic staff.

Arranged in alphabetical order


Gangnegi, Prof. H.P.
Sarao, Prof. Karam Tej Singh
Pavagadhi, Dr. Subhra Barua
Rana, Dr. Ram Kumar
Singh, Dr. Indra Narain 
Kumar, Dr. Dharmendra
Sangai, Dr.Galdhan
Sharma, Dr. Nirja
Tiwary, Dr. Kamakhiya Narain
Vyas, Dr. Susmita  
Number of Seats:


Total Gen SC ST OBC Supernumerary Seats   
          PWD CW ECA Sports Foreign Students
    15% 7.5% 27% 3% 5% 5% 5%
 231  117 35 17 62 3 12 12 12
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