Academic Departments University of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 2014

History of the department : The department of Buddhist studies which has been established in the year 2014 is an Unique one in the scene that it is not only the first of its kind in eastern India but also it has adopted a holistic approach to Buddhism and brought under close scrutiny all its important aspects. In fact, the academic activities of the Department has not only earned encomium but established the truth that Buddhism can regarded as guiding principle for any human society. The Buddhist studies cover a broad area in respect of Buddhism and offer a glimpse of thought process of the Great Teacher-Buddha.


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email/Phone number
Dr.  Aisyarya Biswas
Professor & Head Pali, Buddhist Narrative Literature & Art, Buddhist  Philosophy
Dr. Ujjwal Kumar
Associate Professor Pali Language and Literature, Early Buddhism, Pali Niti Literature
Dr. Piyali Chakraborty
Assistant Professor Asian Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.A. Post Graduate Honours in Humanities Group 40
P. G. Diploma Post Graduate B.A. 20
Ph.D. Research M.A. in Buddhist Studies/Palior allied subjects 18


Current Research Projects:
Investigator/s Project Title Granting authority Amount (in INR) Duration
Prof. Aiswarya Biswas (Principal Investigator)
Dr. Piyali Chakraborty (Co-Investigator)
Ms. Dipanwita Mondal (Co-Investigator)
Relation between the University of Calcutta and the University of Rangoon in Respect of Teaching and Learning of Pali vis-a-vis Buddhist Studies. UGC UPE II 13.5 Lakh 2018-20
Dr. Ujjwal Kumar (Principal Investigator)
Dr. Hari Das Sarkar (Co-Investigator)
Dhammaniti: Devanagari Edition with Annotated Hindi Translation UGC UPE II 16.5 Lakh 2018-20

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department : Buddhist studies on different aspects.

Major activities :
  • Organisation of Special lectures in name of Sir Asutosh Mukherjee Commemorative lectures.

Field Trip : Apart from the class-room teaching in Buddhist Studies, the Department of Buddhist Studies organiges Field Trip (academic tours) to various Buddhist sites. A Field Trip is an academic activity which the Department organiges every year, combining traditional classroom learning along with experiential learning to provide adequate understanding of Buddhism to students. Our Field Trip program is a first-hand opportunity to investigate Buddhist geographical sites, Buddhist Culture, Buddhist Art and Architecture, Buddhist paintings, and on the whole a living Buddhist tradition at the original spot of Buddhist heritage. Field Trip program is included in our course curriculum and on the basis of a Field Trip, M.A. I semester students submit their project reports on it. For this program some financial support is also given by the university. Till date, the Department organised following Field Trip:

  • 2019 : Survey of Buddhist Monasteries of Kolkata and Indian Museum, Selected Buddhist Historical Sites of Bihar (Gaya, Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda).
  • 2017 : Elephanta, Karla, Bhaja in Maharashtra
  • 2016 : Candraketugarh, 24 Pargana (North)


Campus : College Street Campus

Address for communication : Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Calcutta, 87/1, College Street, Kolkata-700 073