Madras Sanskrit College

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda


The College was founded in A. D. 1905 by V. Krishnaswamy Iyer[1] and started working from February 1906. The course it offered was for a duration of five years and was modeled on the traditional methods of teaching. The certificate awarded to successful students was for Viśārada degree. The subjects studied were:

  • Vedas
  • Vedānta
  • Mīmānsā
  • Smṛtis
  • Allied subjects


The institution was given recognition by the Education Department of Madras State in A. D. 1907. Later on in A. D. 1912 it was affiliated to the University of Madras which introduced Oriental Title Examinations with additional courses of study and new syllabus.


The College hosted the Third All India Oriental Conference in A. D. 1924 for three days.The Golden Jubilee celebrations of the College were conducted in A. D. 1957 and the Centenary of the founder in A. D. 1963. Similarly, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations were held in A. D. 1981.


During these years several courses like the Vedabhāṣya, the Jyotiṣaśiromaṇi and the Vyākaraṇaśiromaṇi were started. Many scholars took part in disputations, discourses and demonstration classes. The College started its courses for women students also from A. D. 1989.


Madras Sanskrit College is making fast and steady progress over the last few years. Its old students have distinguished themselves not only in India but also abroad for their erudition and research work in the fields of Sanskrit and allied branches.

See also


  1. He lived in A. D. 1863.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore