department of buddhist studies
department of buddhist studies
MAGADH UNIVERSITY BODH GAYA (BIHAR) 824234 INDIA DEPARTMENTAL PROFILE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF BUDDHIST STUDIES (PROFILE OF THE DEPARTMENT) HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Buddhist Studies Department was established in Magadh University at the request of Maha Bodhi Temple Advisory Board in 1984, keeping in mind the international importance of Bodh Gaya, the land of Buddha’s Enlightenment. This request was further activated by the then Chancellor, His Excellency Dr. A. R. Kidwai and the active co-operation of the Vice-Chancellor Hon’ble F. Ahmad. This visionary zeal found an outlet in the form of establishment of this department as a perenial source of inspiration to the Buddhist World. Initially, it was managed and maintained by the teachers of Ancient Indian and Asian Studies for a long period. The University Grants Commission accorded recognition to this department in 2003, but no further actions were taken to develop this department as a separate unit. In 2006 Mr. Baswan, Principal Secretary, H. R. D. Govt. of India visited Magadh University, specially to see the development of this department. Due to his kind initiatives some posts were sanctioned. IMPORTANCE Importance of this department lies in the fact that besides Indians, students are coming from Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Tibet, Japan and Brazil. They feel pleasure in geting themselves enrolled in Buddhist Studies Department for Post Graduate Studies and Research. Buddhist Students treat it more as temple of learning at par with the shades of the Bodhi tree than as a simple institution. OBJECTIVES A holistic view can only improve existing status. Bodh Gaya is known to the world on account of the Buddha’s place of enlightenment and is then a centre of Pilgrimage and the Dept. of Buddhist Studies serve the purpose of mental, philosophical and spiritual needs of the learners. The teachings here impart historical, philosophical as well as spiritual pursuits to the aspirants FORMER HEADS Dr. Upendra Thakur was the founder Head of the Department and then Dr. A. Tulku took the charge of the Department as HOD. Dr. Upendra Thakur headed the Department for 25 years and his successor Dr. A. Tulku served it for several years. Dr. S. K. Singh is serving the department as Head for the last four years. Present Head Dr. S. K. Singh. (Professor & Head) FACULTY :- 1 • Dr. S. K. Singh. (Professor & Head) 2 • Dr. Vishnu Shankar. Part Time Asst. Prof. 3 • Dr. Alakh Niranjan Prasad Part Time Asst. Prof GUEST FACULTY :- 1 • Dr. Ram Swarup Singh 2 • Dr. Kailash Prasad 3 • Mrs. Saw Htut Sandar NON-TEACHING STAFF :- 1 • Sri. Vivek Singh 2 • Sri Sita Ram - Peon TYPE OF COURSES :1 • M. A. – Semester System 2 • Ph. D. Course Work started as per U.G.C. Guide Line. NO. OF STUDENTS IN LAST Three YEARS Year 2012-14 2013-15 2014-16 P.G. Course(Semester) 097 106 119 BUILDING : In the year 2009 U. G. C. Team visited our Department and suggested to take co-operation from the Buddhist Monasteries of Bodh Gaya for the development of Buddhist Studies. We took the suggestion seriously and with their help we have constructed a separate building for Buddhist Studies Department. Department runs in its own building in the campus Total area of the Department – 5200 sq.ft. Class room – 2 Independent room – Teachers are availing separate rooms Library and Seminar Hall, Meditation Hall Conference Hall, Two Class rooms, Store room, Teachers Meeting room, Girls Common Room BOOKS AND JOURNALS Seminar Library – 2726 National Journals – 35 International Journals – 15 EQUIPMENTS :PROJECTOR, COMPUTER FREEZE ETC CONFERENCE / SEMINAR :DEPARTMENT ORGANIZED BUDDHIST CONFERENCE SPONSRED BY THE STATE GOVT. IN THE YEAR 1998 AT BUDDHA MAHOTSAVA DEPARTMENT ORGANIZED THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY UGC 2012 Department organizes seminars, symposia and other co-curricular activities regularly. :UGC GRANT ONLY ISSUE :Keeping in mind the requirements of foreign students, an international Hostel is a must in the campus To highlight and explore the Buddhist Sites around Magadh Range we need financial co-operation. Keeping in mind the importance of Buddhism & Bodh Gaya, teaching of Buddhist Studies should be started in Under Graduate.