The Department of Philosophy is one of the oldest departments of teaching and research in Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. The Department was established in 1961 by KUK through the approval of Govt. of Haryana. It took a quantum leap right from the beginning both in teaching and research. The Department has been engaged in improving teaching methods and materials in consonance with the requirements of the fast-changing scenario of Philosophical Studies. As a result, it has kept pace with the NET/SLET Programmes which is a part of UGC’s comprehensive plan to provide competent teachers to the nation. Epistemology, Metaphysics, Logic (both Indian and Western), Scientific Method, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Yoga, Social and Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Gandhian Thought are the important courses being taught in the Department of Philosophy. Classical Indian and Western Philosophy, Modern Indian Thought, Contemporary Western Philosophy, Philosophy of Srimad Bhagvadgita and Buddhism are the thrust areas in research in the Department. The Department has produced more than 90 PhD scholars.
Moreover, Department has a Certificate Course in Bhagavad-Gita. Keeping in view the ancient cultural background and sacredness of Kurukshetra where Shree Krishna delivered the incredible sermon of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita and taught the secrets of Yoga, this course has found favours with students from different streams. The Department is also starting a course on Moral and Spiritual Counseling in view of the emerging ethical problems and dilemmas and stress related problems in the present-day society which cannot be solved by any other method.
The Department is playing very important role by conducting special classes for students to prepare them for the examinations of NET/SLET and other competitive exams by a course in Diploma-in-Reasoning which is attended by students drawn from different disciplines on the campus. The Department has a very high rate of its students absorbed both in traditional and modern professions. The Department has also started a course Diploma in Yoga and Applied Philosophy which is catering to the need of holistic solutions for physical and mental health. Learning Yoga is very in modern times as it is good for personal development and as well as professional development.
(I) To promote Indian Philosophy and Culture, Yoga, Spiritualism.
(II) To promote Religious Tolerance by the Study of Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Religion to create an atmosphere of religious harmony and tolerance and to prevent communal riots.
(III) To promote Moral Values for character building of our youth.
(IV) To develop Critical Analytical Ability to comprehend conceptual issue along with foundational rational insight in different domains of human knowledge and activity.
(V) This is what the Philosophy in its strict academic sense aims at. Ph.D. research in Philosophy aims at critical-analytical investigation into the conceptual and foundational issues with regard to a specified field of study. This kind of research is different from that mostly undertaken by empirical disciplines like Physics, Chemistry etc. on the one hand, and Political Science, Sociology, Economics etc. on the other hand. Philosophical research is neither field study nor practical exercise performed in a laboratory; it is primarily conceptual, that is theoretically presupposed by all sciences and different forms of human activities because the focus of philosophical research in on inner analysis and introspection thereby inner develop of a human being. Consequently, Philosophical Research is academically inevitable for the proper growth of all sciences as well as for performance of all human activities with the understanding of their rational justification and a critical insight into their own conceptual structures.
(VI) To prepare candidates for different competitive tests in respect of their reasoning ability. The syllabus of the course Diploma-in-Reasoning covers generally tests like NET, Banking, SLET, Entrance test for M.B.A., M.C.A., H.S.S.C. etc.
Philosophy has been a very important subject in higher education worldwide. But with the advent of modern technology, people starting thinking that science and technology are capable of solving all the problems of the world. But the reckless use of science and technology is driving us to the brink of destruction. Technology in itself is not destructive but it needs the guidance of philosophy because philosophical thinking is holistic and is able to see the consequences of our actions. Philosophy bring clarity by its critical and analytical methods of thinking.
Philosophy has an important role to play in higher education. Philosophy must be a central department which should help students and research scholars of all disciplines in their study and life at large.
Philosophy with its branches such as ethics and logic is beneficial not only for the students who study philosophy but students of other disciplines. With higher education becoming more and more interdisciplinary, philosophy can play a vital role in university teaching. The department has introduced many short term courses which can be done by the students of other disciplines as well, these courses can help then in enhancing different skills
Keeping this in view, the department has started one certificate course and two diploma courses—
The department is planning to start a new course from next session
We will be working on more such courses in future also so that every student on the campus is able to be benefitted by philosophy