Under the Bangalore University each student studies three main subjects at the undergraduate level. Students can opt for Sanskrit or any other language subject, only if they are already familiar with the subject in their per-university. The language is studied only in the first two years of the undergraduate level except format were they study the language subject only for the first year. The two year degree course has graded syllabus comprising language component (grammar) and literature common for all. Arts and science students learn literary heritage comprising a brief study of the contents of the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, epics, lyrics, prose literature, Champukavyas and drams.
Commerce students learn topics related to their subject like tax, toll, account general’s duties and types of documents including income and expenditure cart etc. Academic activities include projects related to their combination and Sanskrit, e.g. Sanskrit and commerce, Sanskrit and Psychology etc. An exhibition of the projects is held in college and articles based on the projects are published in the college magazine. Students also enact the plays prescribed in the syllabus.
The Sanskrit Department has also been conducting basic and advanced credit courses in Sanskrit since 2000 and in foreign languages like German. French etc.
The Sanskrit Department was established in the year 1963. Last Smt. Sharada was the Head of the Department. After Smt. Sharada, Prof. C.S. Kadadervarmath was the Head of the Department. Later Prof. P. M. Nilakanthamath took over as HOD presently Prof. R.M. Ambli is leading the department.
The Department became the focus of all Literary and cultural activities. All these years the department has been organizing competition, Essays, Sloka Recitations, Sanskrit Drama, Extempore and elocution. Such Eminent personalities from literary and art circles were invited to deliver lectures and participate in seminars there were also poetry reading sessions by well competitions in Sanskrit and won many prizes.