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Course Detail

Course Name Indian Psychology
Course Code 23SS803
Credits 4

Course Description & Outcome

Course Description
  • This course provides an outline of the Indian approach to psychology spread across different Vedic Shastras.
Course Outcome
  • CO1: Appreciate the psychological concepts from an Indian perspective
  • CO2: Ability to extract the relevant psychological models from Shastras.

Learning Objectives & Pedagogy

Learning Objectives
  1. To understand the psychological concepts in Vedic Shastras
  2. To explore the possibilities of implementing Indian psychological concepts in a contemporary context.
  3. To appreciate the Indian psychological principles and techniques for mainstreaming.
  • Reflective and integrative
  • Brainstorming, interactive


  • Psychology as a discipline – role and goals of psychology; modern vs Indian perspectives
  • Jaina, Bauddha and Charvaka’s points of view on psychology
  • Six Darshanas – Purva Meemamsa, Uttara Meemamsa, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya and Yoga
  • Yoga as a basis of psychological discipline from a Vedic perspective
  • Bhagavad Gita – a practical methodology for daily implementation
  • Spectrum and reach of psychological concepts from Indian perspectives
  • Ayurveda and other Shastras; relation and integration
  • Practical guidelines for adopting Indian perspectives on psychology


  • Indian Knowledge Systems – Vol 1 & 2 by Avadhesh K. Singh, Kapil Kapoor 
  • Indian Psychology -Safaya, R. (1975). New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
  • Elements of ancient Indian psychology Kuppuswamy, B. (1990).. Delhi: Konark Publishers PVT Ltd.
  • Birth of psychological thoughts in India. – S K Ramachandra Rao
  • Indian Psychology – Jadunath Sinha

Evaluation Pattern

  • Assignments and quizzes: 30
  • Concept map/mind map: 30
  • Presentation and Viva: 40

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