The History of the Department of Oriental Studies

In 1912, U Pe Maung Tin was  a professor in Pāḷi Department at Rangoon Collage. In 1920, he also was a Pāḷi professor in Yangon University. The term “the Department of Oriental Studies” has been used since 1972.

The Professor and Deans in the Department of Oriental Studies in the University of Yangon are these persons.

U Pe Maung Tin – Professor (1920 – 1936)

Mr. Kāsin – Professor (1936 – 1941)

U Hla Aung – Professor (1941 – 1951)

U Aung Than – Professor (1951 – 1965)

U Ba Lay – Head (1965)

U Tin Lwin – Head (1965 – 1969)

– Professor (1986 – 1989)

Daw Khin Thein – Head (1969 – 1978)

Dr Zaw Tun – Head (1984 – 1986)

Daw Tin Tin Myint – Head (1984 – 1986)

U Lay Myint – Associate Professor (1989 – 1991)

– Professor (1991 – 1994)

Dr. Daw Khin Thein – Professor/Head (1994 – 2005)

Dr. Kyin Hlaing – Professor/Head (2005)

Dr. Daw Nwe Nwe Yi – Professor/Head (2005 – 2018)

Dr. Mu Mu Myint – Professor/Head (Now at present since 2018)

The location of this department is the left side of Arts Hall and near the Convocation Hall. There are Bachelor of Arts, Honors and Master of Arts classes every year in this department. There has been Ph.D class since 2000. Diploma class has been opened from 2003. First Year Oriental Studies Outstanding class (Arts) has also been opened since 2013.Mission and Vision

Today, the students are working hard to fulfil the country’s need to become citizen of a prosperous democratic country.

Has Buddhism something to teach the modern youth? For Buddhism is a timeless, universal Teaching which everybody should learn the practical ways and practice them accordingly. Old and young can take its sublime principles and guidance as their own goals of life. Given proper instruction, even the young and ignorant can practice the simple methods of reforming the mind and behavior. Thus in the Buddha Dhamma there are no discriminations or barriers in the matter of caste, class, colour or age. No one must be persecuted for creedal differences. All are treated as equal in the pursuit of knowledge, liberty, peace and happiness. Indeed Buddhism is a universal way of life which is founded on compassion and wisdom. Therefore it is not a dogmatic religion. The study of  “Oriental Studies” covers all these facts.

  • to realize about the value of Oriental Studies to the people.
  • to know about the next generation for the culture of Buddhism.
  • to support about the development of Myanmar’s Daily life.
  • to study about the knowledge of Oriental Studies by younger generation for conserving of Buddhism.
  • to present a detail history of Myanmar related with traditional Buddhist Philosophy.
  • importance and benefit of Myanmar Buddhist Society.

Staff

  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Assistant Lecturer
  • Tutor

Students (By Year, 1st to Ph.D)

Undergraduate Course: B.A (Oriental Studies), B.A (Honours)  (Oriental Studies)

Postgraduate Course: M.A (Oriental Studies), M.Res (Oriental Studies), Ph.D (Oriental Studies),

Diploma Course: PDCS (Post Graduate Diploma in Oriental Studies).

The Fields of Oriental Studies

  • Sanskrit Language and Literature
  • Prakrit Language and Literature
  • Pāḷi Language and Literature
  • History of Buddhism
  • Buddhist Councils
  • Buddhist Culture
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Buddhist Ethic
  • Buddhist Art and Architecture
  • Linguistics
  • Pāḷi Philology

Suggestion

Today, the education sector is playing an important role both in the national reforms and future progress.

The Department of Oriental Studies is marking significant changes in the education sector till reaching the international level.

The students are always occupied with their lessons and classes. They can observe the religion of Buddhism, social aspect, thinking, experience and practice and the rules and customs of religious union. Moreover, they must do the performance for social activities, life sports, reading and playing.

Public libraries and school libraries are very important for the development of young minds. The next generation can learn a lot from libraries. This department has a small library that is in its rare book such as Parabaik, Sanskrit Text etc.

Dr. Thi Thi San Associate Professor

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Dr. Khin Thandar Oo Associate Professor

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Daw Hnin Htwe Lecturer

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Daw Kay Thwe Myint Lecturer

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Dr. Chaw Rupar Lecturer

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Daw Nant Wai Mar Myint Assistant Lecturer

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Daw Khin Phyu Phyu Soe Tutor

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Daw Eaint Myet Chel Oo Tutor

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1. Sanskrit Language and Literature
2. Prakrit Language and Literature
3. Pāḷi Language and Literature
4. History of Buddhism
5. Buddhist Councils
6. Buddhist Culture
7. Buddhist Philosophy
8. Buddhist Ethic
9. Buddhist Art and Architecture
10. Linguistics
11. Pāḷi Philology

Curriculum

Semester I

Elective Courses for Oriental Studies Specialization
မ ၁၀ဝ၃ (၃) ျမန္မာဇာတိမာန္စာေပ ၁
မ ၁၀ဝ၄ (၃) ျမန္မာစကားပံုႏွင့္ဆိုရိုးစကားမ်ား
Hist 1001 (3) Introduction to Myanmar Civilization I
Phil 1001 (3) Logic in Practice
Psy 1003 (3) Public Relations
Geo 1003 (3) Geography of South-east Asian Countries

Elective Courses (for Other Specializations)
OS 1001 (3) Fundamentals of the Pāli Language
OS 1002 (3) Fundamentals of the Sanskrit Language
OS 1003 (3) Buddhist Culture
OS 1004 (3) Buddhist Ethics
* A student can choose any one elective course to fulfil the total of 20 credits.

 

Semester II

Elective Courses (for Oriental Studies Specialization)
မ ၁၀ဝ၆ (၃) ျမန္မာဇာတိမာန္စာေပ ၂
မ ၁၀ဝ၇ (၃) ျမန္မာစကားပံုႏွင့္ဆို႐ိုးစကားမ်ား ၂
Hist 1004 (3) Introduction to Myanmar Civilization II
Phil 1003 (3) Logic in Practice
Psy 1004 (3) Understanding Human Interaction
Geo 1004 (3) Geography of Myanmar
Elective Courses (for Other Specializations)
OS 1005 (3) Pāli Language
OS 1006 (3) Sanskrit Language
OS 1007 (3) Pāli Literature
OS 1008 (3) History of Buddhism
* A student can choose any one elective course to fulfil the total of 20 credits.

Semester I

Elective Courses (for Oriental Studies Specialization)
မ ၂၀ဝ၃ (၃) ျမန္မာ့ေက်းလက္ေတးကဗ်ာမ်ား(၁)
မ ၂၀ဝ၄ (၃) ျမန္မာအမ်ိဳးသမီးစာဆိုမ်ားႏွင့္၄င္းတို႔၏စာမ်ား(၁)
Hist 2002 (3) World History 1900 to the Present I
Eng 2003 (3) Developing Communicative Skills
Phil 2001 (3) History of Western Intellectual Development I
Phil 2003 (3) Aesthetics
OS 2004 (3) Buddhist Councils

Elective Courses (for Other Specializations)
OS 2001 (3) Pāli Language
OS 2002 (3) Buddhadassana
OS 2003 (3) Pāli Literature (Prose)
OS 2004 (3) Buddhist Councils
OS 2005 (3) Pāli Philology
* A student can choose any two elective courses to fulfil the total of 21 credits.

 

Semester II

Elective Courses (for Oriental Studies Specialization)
မ ၂၀ဝ၇ (၃) ျမန္မာ့ေက်းလက္ေတးကဗ်ာမ်ား(၂)
မ ၂၀ဝ၈ (၃) ျမန္မာအမ်ိဳးသမီးစာဆိုမ်ားႏွင့္၄င္းတို႔၏စာမ်ား(၂)
Hist 2005 (3) World History to 1500 II
Eng 2005 (3) Developing Communicative Skills
Phil 2006 (3) History of Western Intellectual Development II
Phil 2008 (3) Aesthetics
OS 2010 (3) Buddhist Councils

Elective Courses (for Other Specializations)
OS 2006 (3) Pāli Language
OS 2007 (3) Nīti Literature
OS 2008 (3) Pāli Literature (Poetry)
OS 2009 (3) Buddhadassana
OS 2010 (3) Buddhist Councils
* A student can choose any two elective courses to fulfil total of 21 credits.

Semester I

Elective Courses
OS 3105 (3) Pāli Conversation and Composition
OS 3106 (3) History of Buddhism
OS 3107 (3) Linguistics

* A student can choose any one elective course to fulfil total of 22 credits.

 

Semester II

Elective Courses
OS 3112 (3) History of Buddhism
OS 3113 (3) Abhidhamma
OS 3114 (3) Linguistics

* A student can choose any one elective course to fulfil the total of 22 credits.

Semester I

Elective Courses (for Oriental Studies Specialization)
OS 4105 (3) History of Pali Literature in Myanmar
OS 4106 (3) Buddhist Ethics
OS 4107 (3) Buddhist Art and Architecture

* A student can choose any one elective course to fulfil total of 22 credits.

 

Semester II

Elective Courses (for Oriental Studies Specialization)
OS 4112 (3) Buddhist Culture
OS 4113 (3) Buddhist Philosophy
OS 4114 (3) Buddhist Art and Architecture

* A student can choose any one elective course to fulfil the total of 22 credits.