Subject details

On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Sanskrit to: 

  • Use a vocabulary of about 250 items.
  • Recognise and use the grammatical structures to read short texts and to translate basic sentences into and out of Sanskrit. These structures include: advanced sandhi rules, further noun paradigms, compounds, primary and secondary nominal suffixes and participles.
  • Conduct simple conversations on such topics as: travel, personal preferences, and food and drink.
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the history, origins, status, and uses of Sanskrit.

In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week, students are expected to study as follows: 

  • 30 minutes on weekly verse: Listen to the paradigm and explanation in the e‐text. Practice singing the verse. Upload the audio into Wattle. 
  • 30 minutes on spoken Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation in the e‐text. Practice and memorise the forms. Complete the online quiz as required. 
  • 7 hours on grammar and written Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation and read through the grammar notes in the e‐text. Complete the written exercises and self‐correct your work. Upload your work into Wattle. 
  • 90 minutes participating in one online class via Adobe Connect. 
    • 1. Feminine nouns in ‐ī
    • 2. Relative‐corelative constructions
    • 3. Other nouns in ‐ī
    • 4. Sandhi rules for final 5
    • 5. Verb prefixes
    • 6. The imperfect active
    • 7. Sandhi rules for final ‐m
    • 8. The imperfect middle
    • 9. Sandhi rules for final ‐n
    • 10. Nouns in ‐an
    • 11. The imperfect of as
    • 12. Dvandva compounds
    • 13. Sandhi rules for final ‐t
    • 14. Nouns in ‐u
    • 15. KD and TP compounds
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Quizzes
      • FAQs
    • Other materials

      • Audio
      • Video

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


Completion of SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1 or demonstration of equivalent level through completion of a placement test. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed. Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-SKRT1003 (Sanskrit 2) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: • Laptop or computer • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) • Headset or headphones with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone
  • OtherDetails -

    Determination, motivation, rigour and curiosity

Sanskrit, the classical language of India, has long been renowned for its beauty, subtlety and complexity. It is the key to the civilisational treasures of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and provides direct access to a vast repository of literary, scientific and philosophical wisdom. At ANU we seek to balance the traditional practice of textual reception—reading and grammar—with language production— speaking, chanting and singing to provide a truly balanced curriculum. In this beginner subject, students will be introduced to the grammar of classical Sanskrit, learn to read easy classical texts and engage in the living tradition of Sanskrit conversation, chanting and singing.

  • Sanskrit/English written translation (25%)
  • Sanskrit/English written translation (25%)
  • Sanskrit/English written translation (Take home exam) (30%)
  • Oral performance (continuous) (10%)
  • Sanskrit/English written translation (10%)

Textbook information is pending.