Mahayana Buddhist Studies

Faculty Faculty of Humanities
College University College of Arts, Commerce & Law- Departments / Centres
Established Year 1982
Head of the Department Prof. L. Udaya Kumar
Telephone No. 0863 - 2293189, Ext. 150 (O)
Ph.D awards 40
MPhil awards 10
Courses Offered M.A. Mahayana Buddhist Studies
Sanctioned Intake 14


The Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies was established in 1982 under the scholarly guidance of Padma Vibhushan Prof. K. Satchidananda Murthy, the inspiration of late Prof. R. Subrahmanyam, who extensively excavated the Nagarjunakonda site in 1960 and the then External Affairs Minister Dr. P.V. Narasimha Rao. His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk inaugurated the Chair of Mahayana Buddhism and donated an endowment fund. The UGC grant had provision for constructing a Chaitya model building to house the Centre. Padma Vibhushan Prof. K. Satehidananda Murthy is the Honorary Director of the Centre. I. Teaching Programme : In accordance with the guidelines provided for the Centre by the National Committee of Experts, the Centre lays focus on the multidimensional study of Buddhism in general and Mahayana Buddhism in particular. In 1993, Master degree in Philosophy with emphasis on Buddhism was started. In 1998, a Master

Particulars of Teaching staff

Name of the teacher Designation Qualification
Jagarlamudi Sitaramamma Professor M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Challapalli Swaroopa Rani Professor M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Dr. L. Udaya Kumar Professor M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D

Details of MOU

University /Institute/Industry MOU entered
Date of signing of MOU
Purpose of MOU
1. Ananda Buddha Vihar, Hyderabad
2. A.P. Tourism Development Corporation, Hyderabad
Research Activities    
Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism/Study of Buddhist Monuments, Buddhist Sects, Buddhist Ethics, Buddhist Logic, Buddhist Literature.Buddhist Applied Ethics. Buddhist Management Ethics. Buddhist Bioethics. Buddhist Science & Technology Ethics.
Academic Achievements    
Prof.N.H. Samtani who has been associated with this center as Honorary Director has been