M.Sc. in Ayurveda Manuscriptology (Interdisciplinary)


National Institute of Ayurveda is a premium institute under Ministry of AYUSH. It is a deemed university running various academic programs in Ayurveda such as BAMS, MD/MS, Ph.D., DANP & Certificate Courses. Recently, NIA has launched Post-Graduate Interdisciplinary M.Sc. courses.One among the course is related to Ayurveda Manuscriptology.

National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur


1. Instrumental in creating resource of manpower who will put their efforts to preserve the national wealth and scientific knowledge therein for future generation.

2. Provide scientifically advanced trained scholars in researching and exploring the unfolded Ayurveda manuscripts and will fill the scarcity of that field.   

3. Trained scholars and specialists with expertise which would help in editing, analyzing and justifying the underlined occult theme of ayurveda. 

4. The experts will also be capable in exploration of past knowledge in the purview of current advancement of scientific knowledge for future generation and will open a new horizon of textual research.


1. Opportunity to work in Government and Non-Governmental Sector as Manuscript experts and researchers.

2. can pursue higher studies in Manuscripts like Ph.D.

3. Opportunity in Indological Study Centres and Research Centres abroad. 

4. Opportunity to work with Publishing Houses involved in publishing Ancient Wisdom. 

Departments (Specialities)

 Equivalent Term
PoshanaharaAyurvedic Diet & Nutrition
Ayurveda ManuscriptologyAyurveda Manuscriptology
Ayur-Yoga Preventive CardiologyAyurveda Preventive Cardiology
Marma Chikitsa evam Kreeda BheshajMarmalogy & Sports Medicine
Saundarya AyurvedaAyurveda Cosmetology
VrikshayurvedaPrevention, Cultivation & Development of Medicinal Plants

Degree to be Awarded

DepartmentDegree to be awarded
PoshanaharaM.Sc. in Ayurveda Diet and Nutrition (Poshanahara)
Ayurveda ManuscriptologyM.Sc. in Ayurveda Manuscriptology
Ayur-Yoga Preventive CardiologyM.Sc. in  Ayur-Yoga Preventive Cardiology
Marma Chikitsa evam Kreeda BheshajM.Sc. in Marmalogy and Sports Medicine (Marma Chikitsa evam Kreeda Bheshaj )
Saundarya AyurvedaM.Sc. in Saundarya Ayurveda (Ayurvedic Cosmetology)
VrikshayurvedaM.Sc. in Vrikshayurveda-


2 Seats in each department


DepartmentEligible Criteria
PoshanaharaBAMS/BSMS/BHMS/BUMS/BNYS/MBBS/ B.Sc in Dietetics/M.Sc in Dietetics/ B.Sc in Food and Nutrition
Ayurveda ManuscriptologyBAMS/BSMS/BHMS/BUMS/BNYS/MBBS/ M.A in Sanskrit
Ayur-Yoga Preventive CardiologyBAMS/BSMS/BHMS/BUMS/BNYS/MBBS/ Other AYUSH graduates
Marma Chikitsa evam Kreeda BheshajBAMS/BSMS/BHMS/BUMS/BNYS/MBBS/ Other AYUSH graduates
Saundarya AyurvedaBAMS/BSMS/BUMS/BHMS/BYN/MBBS/ Or Equivalent Medical degree/ B.Sc. in Skin Care and Aesthetic Medicine or any equivalent degree
VrikshayurvedaBAMS/BSMS/B.Sc. (Agriculture) /B.Sc. (Horticulture)/ B.Sc. (Forestry)/ Any other Science Graduate passed with minimum 50% Marks




  • 50% marks will be from the respective field
  • Remaining 50% will be based on the general knowledge, current affairs and computer knowledge.




1ST YEARRs. 29650/- + REFUNDABLE Rs, 8000/- TOTAL = Rs.37650/-
2ND YEARRs. 26650/-

Syllabus of M.Sc. Ayurveda Manuscriptology

Paper 1: Basics of Ayurveda

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 1Basics of Ayurveda180 Hrs.
 Unit: 1 
1.Definition and components of Ayu, definition and aim of Ayurveda, Brief introduction of Ayurveda Samhitas.4
2.Definition of Swasthapurush, introduction of parameters of Swasthya and Traya-upastambha.6
3.Introduction of concept of Panchmahabhuta theory, Tridosha theory and Lokasamyapurush.6
4.Introduction of concept of Saptadhatu, Mala and Ojus4
5.Introduction of concept of Srotas3
6.Introduction of concept of Prakriti, Mana andAtma5
7.Introduction of concept of Raspanchaka7
8.Introduction of Panchvidhakshayakalpana2
9.The concept of Roga, Main etiological factors, Chikitsa and its types4
10.Introduction of various sections/departments of Ayurveda and theirspecific activities14
 Unit: 2 
11.Definition    of   Word    Research    and    Classification   of   Research                        – (pure/applied;                       qualitative/quantitative;                    observational                and interventional).5
12.Historical Background of research in Ayurveda.2
13.Introduction to Classical methods of research-Aptopdesh, PratyakshaAnuman and Yukti.6
14.Research Process – Brief Introduction of Selection of  Topic, Review of literature, Formulation of Hypothesis, Aims and Objectives, Materials and Methods, Observation and Results.4
15.Concept of Ethics in Research.2
16.Publication of Research, Structuring of Article (IMRAD).4
17.Brief Introduction of Medical Statistics.2
18.Collection and Presentation of Data.4
19.Definition of Average, Percentile, Arithmetic Mean, Median, Mode, Range, Standard Deviation and Standard Error.5
20.Parametric and Non-parametric Tests.6

Paper 2: Basic of Manuscriptology and Collection of Manuscripts

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 2Basic of Manuscriptology and Collection of ManuscriptsHrs.
1.Introduction of Manuscriptology.10
2.Language Spoken and Written in Ancient India.20
3.Detailed History of writing in various parts of India.10
4.Detailed study and various aspects of Orientology.10
5.Indology and Manuscriptology.10
6.Descriptions of varieties of Manuscripts and Character of Varieties.20
7.Brief outline of lithography (Printing on Stone Blocks), Xylography10
 (Printing on Wooden Blocks), Epigraphy (Study of Writing on Rocks,Pillars, Utensils and Metal Plates), Palaeography (Study of Ancient Scripts their Origin, Development of Pictoral and Phonetic Symbols). 
8.Importance and Utility of Sanskrit Language in Ayurveda Manuscriptology.15
9.Collection of Manuscripts: Purpose and Goal.10
10.Description of Methods of Collection of Manuscripts.10
11.Communications, Collection Reporting of Manuscripts.10
12.Manuscript libraries of India and Brief Description of Their Collections.10
13.Major Collection of Ayurveda Manuscripts in India and Abroad.5

Paper 3: Preservation, Cataloguing of Manuscripts

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 3Preservation, Cataloguing of ManuscriptsHrs
1.Preserving, storage and cataloguing of manuscripts: Brief outline5
2.Details description of various aspects and methods of preservation5
3.Details description of various aspects and methods of storage of manuscripts.15
4.Repairing of manuscripts as per the condition.5
5.Cataloguing of manuscripts: History of cataloguing of manuscripts5
6.Various methods of cataloguing10
7.Different catalogue on manuscripts10
8.Available catalogues on Ayurveda Manuscripts.5
9.Catalogus catalogorum and new Catalogus Catalogorum.10
10.Preservation: of manuscripts ; Brief outline10
11.Lamination, photo copying, microfilming and digitalization15
12.Digitalization through Scanner, Digital camera15
13.Basic knowledge of hardware and software needed for digitalization, storage, editing and Mechanical reproduction of manuscripts10
14.Knowledge of specific software like html editor, OCR, image editor, palm leaf manuscript editor etc.10
15.National Database of Manuscripts, Kriti Sampada, of NMM5
16.Historical Survey and Current Practices5
17.Government Initiatives5
18.Description of various national and international rules and regulation regarding manuscript collection, communication, editing, publications etc.5

Paper 3: Writing of Manuscripts

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                             Max. Marks: 100

Paper 4Writing of ManuscriptsHrs
1.Form of Manuscript – e.g. Size, Margin, Line Numbering, Paintings, Unconventional Form etc.5
2.Parts of Manuscript – Cover, Binding, Recto, Verso etc.5
3.Style of Composition of Manuscripts – Running Texts, Text and Commentary, Sub-Commentary etc.5
4.Writing in Manuscripts: – Brief Outline2
5.Various Styles and Techniques.5
6.Marginalia and Pagination.5
7.Punctuation, Abbreviations.5
8.Prashasti, and Colophon.5
9.Scribal Remarks.5
10.Illustration and Decoration5
12.Description of Scribal Errors: Brief Outline3
13.Deletion /Omission5
14.Addition, Substitution5
15.Orthographic Confusion5
17.Brief Description of Prosody and Sanskrit Grammar (Sandhi, Samasa, Pratyaya, Sup-ting Prakarana)15
18.Brief Outline various aspects of Writing in Ancient India and the Scribe.10
19.Details Description of Writing Materials.5
20.Details of Preparation of the Writing Materials.5
21.Writing Instruments.5
22.Writing Ink5
23.Binding of Manuscripts5
24.Other Supporting Materials.5
25.Brief Description of Ethics and Code of Conduct of Writing.10
26.Importance of Ethics and Principles Mentioned in Ayurveda Classics in the Purview of the Present Era.5

Practical of M.Sc. First Year

Teaching Hours: 480 Hrs.                                                                                     Max. Marks: 100

S.NoTopic360 Hrs.
1.Assessment of Prakriti10
2.Determination of Rasa Panchaka in Some Common Dravyas.10
3.Practical Uses of Tantrayukti in Understanding Ayurveda Text10
4.Practical Uses of Tachchilya in Understanding Ayurveda Text10
5.Practical Uses of Tantraguna, and Tantradosha in Composing Ayurveda Text.10
6.Practical Uses of Vadamarga in Understanding Ayurveda Text.10
7.Practical Uses of Kalpana and Arthashraya in understanding AyurvedaText.10
8.Practical Uses of Trividha Gyanopayain Understanding Ayurveda Text.10
9.Practical Uses of Pada, Paada, and Shloka Methods of Learning.10
10.Practical Uses of Vakya, Vakyartha in Ayurveda Teaching.10
11.Clinical Protocol Writing Exercise on a Given Problem.15
12.Scientific Article Writing.5
13.Details of various Writing in various Parts of India.20
14.Varieties of Manuscripts and Character of Varieties.15
15.Practical orientation on lithography, Xylography, Epigraphy,Palaeography20
16.Practical usages of Sanskrit in Ayurveda Manuscriptology15
17.Description of methods of collection of manuscripts20
18.Preparation     of    Communications    sheets,    collection    reporting     of Manuscripts.30
19.Various Methods of Storage of Manuscripts.20
20.Repairing of Manuscripts as per the Condition.20
21.Various Methods of Cataloguing.20
22.Lamination, Photo Copying, Microfilming and Digitalization.15
23.Digitalization through Scanner, Digital Camera.15
24.Basic knowledge of Hardware and Software needed for Digitalization,Storage, Editing and Mechanical Reproduction of Manuscripts.5
25.Basic Training of Specific Software like HTML Editor, OCR, image editor, palm leaf manuscript editor etc.15
26.Storage of Palm Leaf Manuscripts10
27.Training of forma, styles and parts of Manuscript –etc.20
28.Training in various aspects of Writing in manuscripts:30
29.Corrections of Manuscripts10
30.Reading and identifying of Scribal errors:20
31.Brief description of Prosody and Sanskrit grammar (Sandhi, Samasa,Pratyaya, Sup-ting Prakarana)20
32.Writing Materials,20
33.Training of forma, styles and parts of Manuscript – etc.20
34.Training in various aspects of Writing in Manuscripts:30
35.Corrections of Manuscripts.10
36.Reading and Identifying of Scribal Errors:20
37.Brief Description of Prosody and Sanskrit Grammar (Sandhi, Samasa,Pratyaya, Sup-ting Prakarana)20
38.Writing Materials.20

                                                                 Syllabus: 2nd Year                                                                 Paper 1: Indian Scripts and Ayurveda Manuscripts

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 1Indian Scripts and Ayurveda Manuscripts150 Hrs
1.1.     Introduction of Indian scripts2
2.i. The scope and significance of palaeography in language studies5
3.ii. Ancient Writings in India – Indus script, Brahmi, Kharosti, Devanagari10
4.iii. Evolution of alphabet and numerical10
5.iv. Evolution of Indian Scripts from Brahmi10
6.v. The period of Gupta and Nagari scripts and its variant eastern (Poorvanagari), western (Ardha nagari), southern (Nandinagari) and northern (Devanagari).15
7.vi. Outline of Nepali and Newari, Oriya, Saarada, Maithili,10
8.vii. Outline of Grantha, Old kannada , Malayalam, Modi , Sinhalese Teluguor Andhra scripts10
9.2.     Nandi Nagari and Devanagari Scripts : brief outline2
10.i. Scripts in detail10
11.ii. Characteristics and different variant of Nandi Nagari and Devanagari Scripts10
12.iii. Development of other later characters – Sarada, Gurumukhi, Sidhamathruka, Nagari10
13.iv. Old documents in both Scripts2
14.3.     Reading and writing of scripts : Brief Outline2
15.i. Illustration of the script from estampages5
16.ii. Printed Ayurveda books and prepared charts5
17.iii. Available Ayurveda manuscripts10
18.4.     Transliteration rules and methods: Brief Outline2
19.i. Both Nagari Script to Roman and English characters10
20.ii. Roman and English characters to both Nagari10

Paper 2: Textual Criticism

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 2Textual CriticismHrs.
1.Description of Collation and methods collating of reading of manuscriptsand preparing collation sheets.15
2.Various kinds of texts in Ayurveda10
  3.Details of Textual criticism DefinitionAim and Scope  5
4.Conflated Manuscripts5
5.Textual criticism and Literary criticism5
6.Variants and errors10
7.Causes of corruption5
9.Transmitted texts5
10.Fundamental Aspects of Textual Criticism5
11.Heuristics /Recensio5
13.Higher criticism3
14.Problems of critical recensio5
15.Stemma Codicum5
16.Genealogy of Manuscripts10
17.Practical hints on Editing of texts10
18.Selection of Manuscripts5
22.Various aspects of Textual Criticism with respects to Ayurveda texts15

Paper 3: Editing and Publication of Texts

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 3Editing and Publication of TextsHrs.
1.Editing scientific texts : Outline10
2.Rules and methods critical edition20
3.Rules of translation15
4.Preparation of texts : Outline5
5.Dating of undated manuscripts10
6.Evidence of Authorship15
7.Stylometric Analysis10
8.Publication of texts: Outline5
9.Presentation of texts20
10.Indexing methods20
11.Preparation of Annexure20

Paper 4: Ayurveda Manuscriptology

Teaching Hours: 150 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Paper 4Ayurveda ManuscriptologyHrs.
1.Description of various Published Editions of Vrihatrayee, Laghutrayee,10
2.Description of various Published Editions of Rasa-texts10
3.Description of various Published Editions of Nighantu10
4.Description of various Published Editions of other Classical Texts10
5.Details    description     of    unpublished    manuscripts     of               Vrihatrayee, Laghutrayee,10
6.Details description of Unpublished Manuscripts of Rasa-texts, Nighantu10
7.Details description of Unpublished Manuscripts of other classical texts5
8.Description    of    Unpublished    Manuscripts     of    allied/Contemporary Ayurveda Manuscripts.5
9.Description of Unpublished Manuscripts of Super-specialty Ayurveda Manuscripts.5
10.Essential of Editing Vrihatrayee, Laghutrayee.15
11.Essential of Editing Rasa-texts, Nighantu and Other Classical Texts.10
12.Essential of Editing of Other Classical Texts.10
13.Variant reading and Process of patha sudhi in Ayurveda Manuscripts.20
14.Preparation of glossary of Technical Terms, Animal, Mineral, Plants and Products.10
15.Details of Works going on Ayurveda Manuscripts in various Institutions across the Globe.10

Practical of M.Sc. 2nd Year

Teaching Hours: 480 (Theory)                                                                              Max. Marks: 100

Sl.No.Points of PracticalHrs.
1.Indus script, Brahmi, Kharosti,10
2.alphabet and numerical10
3.Indian Scripts from Brahmi10
4.Nagari scripts and its variant eastern (Poorvanagari), western (Ardha nagari), southern (Nandinagari) and northern (Devanagari).20
5.Nepali and Newari, Oriya, Saarada, Maithili,5
6.Outline of Grantha,, Old kannada , Malayalam, Modi , Sinhalese Teluguor Andhra scripts5
7.Nandi Nagari and Devanagari Scripts10
8.Characteristics and different variant of Nandi Nagari and Devanagari Scripts5
9.Characteristics     and    different    variant     of Sarada,   Gurumukhi, Sidhamathruka, Nagari5
10.Script reading through Ayurveda manuscripts20
11.Transliteration       of Both Nagari Script to Roman and English characters10
12.Transliteration of Roman and English characters to both Nagari10
13.Collation of manuscripts and preparing collation sheets.30
14.Orientation of Various kinds of texts in Ayurveda10
15.Lower criticism15
16.Higher criticism30
17.Practical hints on Editing of texts20
18.Various aspects of Textual Criticism with respects to Ayurveda texts15
19.Methods critical edition20
21.Dating of undated manuscripts20
22.Evidence of Authorship15
23.Presentation of texts10
24.Indexing of Texts20
25.Preparation of Annexure20
26.Practical Training on various published editions of Vrihatrayee, Laghutrayee, Rasa-texts, Nighantu and other classical texts10
27.Practical     Training    on    various    un-published    Manuscripts                  of Vrihatrayee, Laghutrayee, Rasa-texts, Nighantu and other classicaltexts10
28.Practical    Training    on    unpublished    manuscripts     of   allied    / contemporary and super-specialty ayurveda manuscripts10
29.Training of Editing Vrihatrayee, Laghutrayee,20
30.Training of Editing Rasa-texts, Nighantu and other classical texts20
31.Variant reading and Process of patha sudhi in Ayurveda manuscripts30
32.Preparation of glossary of technical terms, animal, mineral, plantsand products20

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