Department of Philosophy & Culture : Courses


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.

Doctoral Course

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 - ( PPCL 101RS )
  • Elective Courses:(three courses are to be selected from the following for course work)
    • Thought, Language and Reality (Indian) - ( PPCL 102RS )
    • Thought, Language and Reality (Western) - ( PPCL 103RS )
    • Topics in Philosophical Logic - ( PPCL 104RS )
    • Concepts in Philosophy - ( PPCL 105RS )
    • Recent Studies in Indian Philosophy - ( PPCL 106RS )
    • Method of Analytical Reasoning - ( PPCL 107RS )

Post Graduate Courses

M.A. Programme in Philosophy

The School has been offering an MA programme in philosophy  from the academic session 2007- 08. The programme incorporates major thought currents 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 dessertation. 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 55% 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.

Details of Programme of Study & Syllabus of Courses Offered by School of Philosophy & Culture Batch 2012 Details of Programme of Study & Syllabus of Courses Offered by School of Philosophy & Culture Batch 2010

Semester-wise Distribution of Courses for MA Philosophy  Programme

Course Structure

Semester I
Code Subject L-T-P Credit
PPCL101P Greek Philosophy 3-1-0 4
PPCL102P Indian Metaphysics 3-1-0 4
PPCL103P Moral Philosophy 3-1-0 4
PPCL104P Formal Logic 3-1-0 4
PPCL105P Indian Logic 3-1-0 4
Total Credits 20
Semester II
Code Subject L-T-P Credit
PPCL106P Indian Ethics 3-1-0 4
PPCL107P Modern Western Philosophy 3-1-0 4
PPCL108P Indian Epistemology 3-1-0 4
PPCL110P Philosophy of Religion 3-1-0 4
PPCL1xxP Elective 3-1-0 4
Total Credits 20
Semester III
Code Subject L-T-P Credit
PPCL201P Indian Philosophy of Language 3-1-0 4
PPCL202P Analytic Philosophy 3-1-0 4
PPCL203P Phenomenology and Existentialism 3-1-0 4
PPCL204P Political Philosophy 3-1-0 4
PPCL2xxP Elective 3-1-0 4
Total Credits 20
Semester IV
Code Subject L-T-P Credit
PPCL206P Modern Indian Thought 3-1-0 4
PPCL207P Recent Western Metaphysics 3-1-0 4
PPCL209P Dissertation 0-8-0
PPCL2xxP Elective 3-1-0 4
PPCL2xxP Elective 3-1-0 4
Total Credits 20
xx See the List of Elective Courses for a Code. *   Since it is an essay paper, it has no L-T-P structure. However, there would be a regular consultation and monitoring by the concerned faculty member.

Optional Courses

List of Elective Courses for 1st Year

Code Subject L-T-P Credit
PPCE 111P Virtue Ethics: Classical 3-1-0 4
PPCE 112P Samkhya 3-1-0 4
PPCE 113P Vaisesika 3-1-0 4
PPCE 114P Purva Mimamsa 3-1-0 4
PPCE 115P Ethics in Early Buddhism 3-1-0 4
PPCE 116P Philosophy of Yoga 3-1-0 4
PPCE 118P Early Wittgenstein 3-1-0 4
List of Elective Courses for 2nd Year
PPCE 211P Comparative Religion 3-1-0 4
PPCE 212P Vedanta: Non-Dualistic 3-1-0 4
PPCE 213P Vedanta: Qualified Non-Dualistic and Dualistic 3-1-0 4
PPCE 214P Vedanta: Nimbarka, Vallabha and Chaitanya 3-1-0 4
PPCE 215P Navya Nyaya 3-1-0 4
PPCE 216P Buddhism 3-1-0 4
PPCE 217P Jainism 3-1-0 4
PPCE 218P Philosophy of Mind 3-1-0 4
PPCE 219P Philosophy of Science 3-1-0 4
PPCE 220P Virtue Ethics: Contemporary 3-1-0 4
PPCE 221P Philosophy of Tantra 3-1-0 4
PPCE 222P Philosophical approach to Gandhi s Ideas 3-1-0 4
PPCE 223P Asian Philosophy 3-1-0 4
PPCE 224P Philosophy of Saivism 3-1-0 4
PPCE 225P Applied Ethics 3-1-0 4
PPCE 227P Studies in Human rights 3-1-0 4
PPCE 228P Nyaya 3-1-0 4
PPCE 229P Contemporary Western Epistemology 3-1-0 4
PPCE 230P Later Wittgenstein 3-1-0 4

Under Graduate Courses

Core Course

  • Introduction to Logic - (PPCL 201B)

Option Elective Courses

  • Meaning of Life - (PPCE 301B)
  • Metaphysics of human Existence - (PPCE 303B)
  • Introduction to Human Rights & Values - (PPCE 304B)
  • Introduction to Indian Philosophy - (PPCE 305B)
  • Science, Technology & Society - (PPCE 306B)
  • Morality in Indian Tradition - (PPCE 307B)
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Science - (PPCE 308B)
  • Critical Thinking - (PPCE 309B)
  • Introduction to Gandhian Thinking - (PPCE 310B)
  • Foundations of Cognitive Science - (PPCE 311B)
  • Introduction to Philosophy - (PPCE 312B)
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy - (PPCE 313B)
  • Ethical Issues in Professional Life - (PPCE 314B)
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