Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
Approved Under 12(b) & 2(f) of UGC Act 1956

The emphasis of research in the Department is on Indian Philosophy & Culture, but generally the research proposals are not to be confined to the same only. The Department intends to undertake research in the Area of Western Philosophy, Studies in Civilizations, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Religion, Ethical Theories, Propositional and Predicate Logic, Analytic Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind etc.

Varun K. Tripathi specializes in Advaita Philosophy. He has published several research papers in philosophical journals and participated in more than 20 national/international seminars and conferences. Currently he is editing a monograph entitled ''Kashmir Shaivism and Tantrism'' for publication. The monograph is based on the presentations of the National Seminar on Kashmir Shaivism organized by the Department in July 2007. He is also awarded Fellowship of Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla where he is working on a project titled “Constructing a Common Schema for the Presentation of Indian Ethics”. Two PhD students, Mr. Dinesh Jamwal and Mrs.Simran Raina are working under his supervision.

Anil K. Tewari specializes in Buddhist Philosophy. He has published more than 18 research papers in various referred journals of Philosophy and participated in more than 45 national/international seminars and conferences. Presently he worked on a UGC minor project titled “A Critical Study of Udayanacarya’s Reconstruction of the Buddhist Doctrines in his Nyayakusumanjali and Atmatattvaviveka”. He has written more than 05 articles in philosophy for e-PG Pathsala programme launched by UGC New Delhi. He has also undertaken the preparation of monographs for publication based on the presentations in different seminars organised by the Department. Two students are working under his supervision: Mr Sushain Raina is working on “Sartrean Ethics” and Ms Ruby Bharti is working on “The irreducibility of Sabda Pramana”.

Sumanta Sarathi Sharma specializes in Diagrammatic Reasoning. He has submitted his PhD thesis on the topic ''Syllogistic Reasoning: A Philosophical Study of Diagrammatic Approaches'' in IIT Kanpur. Besides, he has published a number of papers in philosophical journals and participated in more than 10 international/national seminars and conferences. He has participated in international conferences held in Switzerland, Germany and Poland. He has also contributed 02 articles in philosophy for e-PG Pathsala programme launched by UGC New Delhi.

Ashoka Kumar Tarai specializes in Philosophy of Wittgenstein and in Social Contract Philosophy. His PhD work was on Wittgenstein’s Metaphysics from the University of Hyderabad. He has participated in several national/international seminars and conferences. He has completed his M. Phil. Degree on “Modern Interpretation of Rousseau’s Social Contract Philosophy” from the University of Hyderabad. He has published 03 research papers in different journals.

Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi specializes in Philosophy of Mind. His PhD work was on the Problem of Subjectivity from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is a Gold Medalist in MA Philosophy from Lucknow University. His research interest includes Indian Philosophy also. He has participated in European Graduate School held at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany and Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands.


The Central Library contains approximately 1841 books for the subject areas pertaining to the Department of Philosophy & Culture. The departmental library also has a stock of 450 books of philosophy and culture. Besides these books, the department faculty and students also have access to more than 200 online journals through JSTOR, Springer Link, Taylor & Francis and INFLIBNET. At present 6 books are issued to students for a month, 10 books to faculty members for a semester. Library is equipped with 60 PC’s with internet access. There are also 3 photocopy machines and 1 printer available in the Library.

Internet Facilities:

Internet Connectivity is available on every Computer Terminal in the Department including Faculty Cabins, Department Library & Office.

Class Rooms:

The department has access to 02 class-rooms of capacity 30 each which are utilized for conduct of class-work as well as tutorials/assignments. The department also has access to the 04 Lecture Theatres which have capacity of 170 students each. Apart from these, the elective courses are run in different class rooms of various departments. All class-rooms have Internet connectivity points besides being fitted with LCD Projectors which can be used by faculty and students during the normal class-work.

The Department of Philosophy & Culture is one of the two constituent Departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department aspires to become multidisciplinary in the area of philosophical and cultural studies. Presently, it offers Master's and Ph.D. programme in Philosophy. Broad areas for Ph.D. programme are Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Logic, Moral Philosophy and Analytical Philosophy. The Department also offers core courses such as Introduction to Logic, Advance Logic and Discourse on Human Virtues as well as various open-elective courses to the B. Tech. students to inculcate analytic and critical attitude in them. The Department is encouraged to offer introductory level courses to these students so that they develop an attitude of comprehensive understanding.


The Department of Philosophy and Culture offers Doctoral (Ph.D.) and Masters (M.A. in Philosophy) courses to candidates selected through entrance examination conducted by the Department. It also offers one core course and several elective courses to the Undergraduate (B. Tech.) students.

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The Department of Philosophy & Culture offers PhD programme broadly in the areas of Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Logic and Moral Philosophy. The objectives of this programme are: the development of the manpower of highly analytical and critical attitude, to cater to the needs of educational, non-educational institutions and R&D organizations, a broad grasp of the fundamental principles of the philosophies developed in different cultural milieu, a deep understanding of the area of specialization, a general awareness of the developments of sciences, and a capacity to learn continually and interact with multidisciplinary groups. Above all, the students should have a capacity for free and objective enquiry, courage and integrity, awareness and sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of society. With these goals in view, the doctoral programme of philosophy is designed which includes courses of study, seminars and dissertation through which a student may develop his/her concepts and intellectual skills.


A candidate for admission to the Full Time Ph.D. programme must have obtained Master’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Sciences/ Management/ Humanities and Social Sciences in respective discipline or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 6.75 on a ten point scale OR 60% marks in aggregate (of all the years/semesters) where marks are awarded, of any University established by Law for the time being in force. A candidate applying for admission to full time Ph.D. programme must have qualified National level examination such as UGC NET/ CSIR / GATE in concerned discipline or should be sponsored by a reputed organization where he/she is working. However, candidate(s) from Non-Engineering Streams (Science/ Humanities) who are not NET qualified may also apply for admission to full time Ph.D. programme for which they may be considered in case of left over seats. However such candidates shall not be entitled for any Assistance-ship from the University.

For Ph.D. on part time basis, a candidate must have same minimum academic qualifications as required for the admission to full time Ph.D. programme. Such part time admission in the Ph.D. programme will be subject to submission of ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the employer to the University by the candidate.

Required Credits:

A Student will be initially registered for the course work of 12 credits. On successful completion of the course work, the student is required to appear in a comprehensive examination. After passing the comprehensive examination the student will be registered for PhD thesis. The minimum CGPA requirement for the continuation in the programme is 7.5 in a 10 point scale.

Doctoral (PhD) Courses:
Compulsory Course:

Research Methodology - (PCL 8018)

Elective Courses:(three courses are to be selected from the following for course work)

Thought, Language and Reality (Indian) - (PCE 8104)

Thought, Language and Reality (Western) - (PCE 8015)

Topics in Philosophical Logic - (PCE 8045)

Concepts in Philosophy - (PCE 8019)

Recent Studies in Indian Philosophy - (PCE 8118)

Method of Analytical Reasoning - (PCE 8106)

Post Graduate Courses
M.A. Programme in Philosophy

The Department has been offering an MA programme in philosophy from the academic session 2007- 08. The programme incorporates major thoughts of Indian, Western and Continental traditions in its syllabus. It consists of 19 courses spread over 4 semesters; of these 19 courses, 15 courses compulsory, 3 courses elective and 1 dissertation. Among 3 elective courses, at least 2 should be from the courses offered by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Each course carries four credits. A student must earn at least 80 credits to obtain Master's degree in Philosophy. An important aspect of the program is that in all areas of philosophy like Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics and Logic etc., the contribution of Indian thinkers is viewed as having the same level of importance as that of the Western thinkers. The curriculum has been designed as per the UGC norms. The requirements of NET and other National and State level competitive examinations have been taken care of. An applicant to the programme should have an undergraduate degree from a recognized University with at least 60% marks. Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination may also apply. They will be required to furnish evidence of having passed the qualifying examination with the required percentage of marks by a date to be announced by the University. Admissions will be made on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination and interview.

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