• 1. What is Centre for Indic Studies (CIS)?

    The Centre for Indic Studies (CIS) has been established to restore the dharmic narrative of Indian civilization. For centuries, India’s story has been told by others, often outsiders. This has resulted in a distorted narrative of Indian civilization, which is hostile to the very essence of Indian culture and ethos. While other cultures have regained their narrative upon attaining freedom from their colonial masters,sadly this has not happened with India.

    India is the only great civilization which does not have a narrative of its own. India’s story is still being told in a colonialist narrative which aims to break India culturally, socially and politically. Though the colonial age is over, but the colonialist narrative of India is still flourishing under different guises and names such as ‘left-liberal’, ‘liberal’, ‘post-colonial’, ‘post-modernist’, and ‘subaltern’ etc. The same colonialist narrative is being told under different and fashionably new labels. It is diametrically opposed to the worldview espoused by the dharmic tradition of India.

    The Centre for Indic Studies (CIS) aims to break the anti-Indian narrative and restore the dharmic narrative of India with the help of scholars and sages working on the important aspects of Indian civilization.

  • To restore the dharmic narrative of India, the CIS is engaged in creating online courses with the help of the greatest scholars working Indian culture and civilization. It is an attempt to tell our own story from an insider’s perspective.

    CIS is a learning platform, hosting online courses about Indian Knowledge Tradition. The online courses offer a wide range of subjects like Itihasa, Purana, Vedas, Ayurveda, Natyashastra, Shilpashastra, Indian Models of Economy and Business and many more.

  • CIS Online Courses, at the moment, are in English and Hindi. All the courses provide transcripts in the language of the course to assist the learner. In future the CIS is also planning to host courses in other regional languages of India.

  • If you want to know about Indian history, culture and civilization; if you want to know about India’s people, society, cuisine; you want to know about Indian art, music, architecture; and you do not want to see India from the biased lens of post-modernism, post-colonialism, feminism, Marxism, Freudism, liberalism and subaltern lens, then these courses are perfect for you.

  • The great historian Will Durant has answered this question in the following brilliant lines: “Nothing should more deeply shame the modern student than the recency and inadequacy of his acquaintance with India.”

  • Most current browsers will work with CIS Online Courses. For best performance we recommend current versions of Chrome or Firefox. Most courses can be taken on any desktop or laptop computer that has an internet connection and can run an up to date browser. Mobile devices like smart phones, tablets or iPads, can also be used to access our courses.

  • On the top left corner of our home page, you can find the “Courses” button. Click on it and you’re ready to browse through all of our courses! You can also browse through CIS courses by clicking on the ‘Find a Course’ Tab on the posters on the home page slider. Happy learning!

  • Yes, you can definitely take courses just for fun! Just make sure you understand the language the course is being taught in. Other than that there are no requirements.

  • Yes, a certificate will be provided digitally upon successful completion of the course.

  • Yes, taking the quiz is mandatory in CIS Courses. You cannot proceed to the next chapter if you have not completed the quiz of the previous chapter. This helps you in self-evaluating your progress.

  • Once you have enrolled in a course, you can see your progress in the My Courses section of your account settings.

  • There are no final assignments. The only assessment of your learning will be through the quizzes that you take at the end of each chapter.

  • There is no limit on the number of courses you can take.