Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Ramsoondar Prayag State Secondary School Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research

Hinduism Department

Composition Of Hinduism Department

SN
Names Of Staffs
Designation
1
Mrs
SHAM-BISSESSUR
Vima
Educator (HOD)
2
Mrs
JOKHOO
Jayshree
Educator
 
 
 
 
 
  

Aims And Objectives At Form IV-V Level

Aims

The aims of the syllabus are to:

  • Develop an enquiring and critical approach to the study of Hinduism.
  • Introduce candidates to a variety of interpretations of the ideas contained in Hinduism.
  • Help the candidates to identify and explore the religious and ethical questions raised in the prescribed texts.
 
Assessment objectives
Candidates should be able to:
  • Recall relevant points from the text(s) and from background information.
  • Use knowledge, illustrations and traditions contained in the texts to explain them with understanding.
  • Identify and explain the use of symbolism, parable, allegory etc. in the texts studied.
  • Interpret and analyse the major themes for religious and moral understanding.
 

Specified Textbooks

  • Dr S Radharishnana (editor); The Principal Upanishads; Harper Collins, India, 1994; ISBN 8172231245 [PAPERBACK]
  • Dr S Radharishnana (editor); The Bhagavad Gita; ; Harper Collins, India,2006;ISBN 8172230877 [PAPERBACK]
  • Shri Ramcharitmanasa; Gita Press, India [text in Hindi]
  • ‘Towards an understanding of Hinduism’ by G.Dhunookchand

 

Useful Resources For Teachers

  • T.M.MAHADEVAN; OUTLINES OF Hinduism; Chetan Pvt, India; South Asia Books; 1985; ISBN 0836457862
  • D.Pandey; Hindu Samskaras; Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi, India,2002; ISBN 8120804341
  • M.Ramnohur; Hinduism for all; Neeta Prakashan, New Delhi, India,2002; ISBN  8172025890
  • D.S.Sharma; Hinduism Through Ages; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India, 1967 and 2000
 
 

Aims And Objectives At Form VI Level

Aims
The aims of this syllabus are to motivate candidates to develop an enquiring and critical approach to the

  • study of fundamental questions of religious practices, beliefs, morality and interpretations and to explore such issues within the context of a religious tradition or traditions.
  • To do this, candidates will be required to gain some understanding of the religious writings, history and current affairs of Hinduism and be able to think and argue intelligently about the subject.

 

Assessment objectives
The examination will test the candidate’s:
(a) Knowledge of the topics and specified texts. [60%]
(b) Understanding of the meaning and significance of the material studied. [25%]
(c) Ability to express himself/herself explicitly, logically and critically in any argument. [15%]
 
 

Specified Textbooks

  • The Principal Upanishads by Dr S Radharishnana (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Ramayana, condensed into English verse by Romesh C Dutt (Jaico Publishing house, M Gandhi Road, BOMBAY)
 
 

Recommended Reading - Paper 1

  • S Radharishnana ; Indian Philosophy Vol 1
  • S Radharishnana; The Principal Upanishads
  • Romesh C Dutt ; The Ramayana, condensed into English verse Ramayana
  • S Radharishnana ; The Bhagavad Gita
  • Dr Nagendra (ed); Tulsidas – His mind and Art; National Publishing House or any other suitable edition
  • Dr Nagendra (ed); Surdas – A Revaluation;  National Publishing, Darya Ganja, New Delhi
  • K K Lalkarna; Mahatma Gandhi-Contribution To Hinduism; Classical Publishing CO., New Delhi
  • R N Dandekar; Insights into Hinduism Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona
  • David Frawley; Wisdom of the Ancient Seers- Mantras of the Rig Veda; Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi
  • D S SHARMA; Hinduism Through Ages; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Publications, India
  • Raja Gopalachari; The Ramayana and the Mahabharata; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Publications, India
  •  Ramnohur; Hinduism for all; Neeta Prakashan, New Delhi, India,
  • V K S Subramanian; Sacred Songs of India; Abhinav Publications
  • Krishna P Bahadur; The poems of Surdas; Abhinav Publications
  • John Brockington; The Sacred Thread; Edinburgh University Press
  • Juilius Lipner; Hindus: their religious beliefs and practices; Routledge
  • Rajaram and Frawley; Vedic Aryans and Origins of Civilisation; Voice of India
 

Recommended Reading - Paper 2

  • S Chatterjee and D Datta ; An introduction to Indian philosophy; Calcutta University Press
  • R N Dandekar; Insights into Hinduism; Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona
  • H Prabhu; Hindu Social Organisation; Popular Publication, Bombay
  • M Hiriyana; Outlines of Indian philosophy; Motilal Banarsidass
  • David Kinsley; Hindu Goddesses- Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition
  • M Ramnohur; Hinduism for all; Neeta Prakashan, New Delhi, India
  • John Brockington; The Sacred Thread; Edinburgh University Press
  • Julius Lipner; Hindus: their religious beliefs and practices; Routledge
  • Rajaram and Frawley; Vedic Aryans and Origins of Civilisation; Voice of India
 
 

Main Activities

  • Debates
  • Elocution Contests
  • Quiz
  • Essay Writing Competitions