Lucknow University to nurture interests in occult sciences by offering PhD on ‘Tantraagam’

Amid the few varsities offering a degree in Tantraagam, Banaras Hindu University is one of them.

Under the umbrella of Lucknow University's Sanskrit Department, the Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy will be offering PhD on 'Tantraagam'- the academic and philosophical derivations of the occult and Shaiva philosophy. This field of study was developed by 10th century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavgupta and further, the institute will also offer diploma courses in aesthetics and 'Nāṭya Śāstra', which is an ancient treatise on dramaturgy. Anyone with a PG degree in Sanskrit will be able to pursue this PhD option and related diploma courses.

Topics of Tantraagam & Kashmiri Shaiva philosophy to be studied

The HOD of Abhinav Gupt Sansthan, Brijesh Shukla, stated that the institute is introducing a full-fledged paper on Shaiva philosophy and aesthetics at the post-graduation level in their M.A (Sanskrit) course. Additionally, starting from this upcoming session, the institute will be conducting doctoral studies in Sanskrit on the topic of Tantraagam and Kashmiri Shaiva philosophy.

Shukla further added that the subject is taught in only a handful of universities across the country and even Banaras Hindu University has provisions for a degree in Tantraagam. A total of 16 PhD seats are available in Sanskrit of which 5 seats will be offered within the framework of the Shaiva school, under which the research will be held on these two topics.

"Acharya Abhinavagupta, who studied all the schools of philosophy, is known for 'Tantraloka', an encyclopaedic treatise on all the philosophical and practical aspects of Trika and Kaula (also known as Kashmir Shaivism). A research on major works of Abhinavgupta will be conducted," he said.

Founded back in 1968, the institute has now been revamped

Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy was founded on August 5, 1968, by Prof KC Pandey- an expert in Shaivism who was profoundly inspired by the ideologies of Abhinavgupta. The institute had paved the way for scores of scholars in the 80s and 90s but it gradually became inoperative due to the retirement of professors and the dearth of accomplished applicants for the job. The institute has now been refurbished with help of government grants.

Join hands with Knocksense Plasma Drive & help boost Lucknow's COVID-19 recoveries

Knocksense Lucknow's Plasma Drive is a volunteer registration programme for plasma donation.

Amid the high spike of COVID cases and staggered recovery due to the shortage of resources, Knocksense Lucknow has initiated a Plasma Donation Drive to boost coronavirus treatment across the city. As the name suggests, this is a 'volunteer registration programme' for plasma donation which will help create a database of eligible donors, who have recovered from the infection in the last 2 to 4 weeks. These details can then be availed by people in need, saving plenty of efforts in the hour of emergency.

Keep reading... Show less

Essential vendors to receive COVID jab on priority in Jaipur & other districts in Rajasthan

Vegetable sellers, grocery store owners & people selling other essentials like milk, medicines will be vaccinated first

Keeping in view the steep spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Rajasthan government on Tuesday, issued instructions stating that citizens above 45 years of age, selling vegetables, milk, groceries and medicines, will be vaccinated on a priority basis. This resolution has been undertaken because the state is under a lockdown and those involved in this segment of essential services, might become super spreaders.

Keep reading... Show less

Medicinal oxygen for COVID treatment is now available at Maurari Nagar & Talkatora in Lucknow

Oxygen carrying vehicles across Uttar Pradesh will now be monitored via GPS tracking.

On Tuesday, the Oudh Oxygen Centre in Lucknow conducted an oxygen supply camp for the benefit of several recovering patients. Several people from all across the city flocked to this centre at Talkatora Road, Mawaaiya Industrial area, to supplement their oxygen supplies amid an overall acute shortage. A similar drive was also held at Mauraru Nagar, easing the availability of medicinal oxygen; a major respite in these desperate times.

Keep reading... Show less

Ahead of an expected surge in COVID-19 cases, Goa stocks up its oxygen inventories

The Goa Health Department is chalking out an elaborate plan to ensure oxygen availability to all COVID patients.

Goa is facing a scenario where its oxygen demands are set to double but this has only increased the efforts of the state government to supplement its inventory of oxygen supplies to meet the expected need, informed the Health Minister. Goa has also roped in government and private players in Karnataka and Kerala, leaving no stone unturned to ensure it is able to provide the prescribed medical treatment to all patients under the state's care.

Keep reading... Show less

Indore distributes over 12,000 Remdesivir injections across MP to ensure rapid COVID treatment

Indore District Administration denies permissions to wedding ceremonies amid steep escalation of coronavirus cases.

A large consignment of Remdesivir injections arrived at the Indore Airport on Sunday, carrying about 125 boxes of the COVID treatment drug. This lot collectively made about 12,000 injections available for immediate use. As per the directives of the Chief Minister, the state is undertaking several efforts to ensure that there is an optimum supply of medicines and necessary resources for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients in affected districts. Consequently, the medicine boxes were airlifted from the Indore Airport itself, to ensure immediate availability across other cities.

Keep reading... Show less

Subscribe to our newsletter


Most Read