Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer School Indian Psychology

Summer School Indian Psychology
28 May – 8 July, 2012
Pondicherry — INDIA

This is a pre-announcement and the progamme is still open to change.
We are interested in your feedback and suggestions!
Last update: 22-8-2011


The Indian Psychology Institute intends to hold a 6-week Summer School Indian Psychology at Pondicherry from May 28 to July 8, 2012.

The programme will contain regular classes as well as workshops. Some will deal with psychological aspects of specific classical texts, like the Rig Veda, Upanishads, Gita, and Patanjali's Yogasutras; others will deal with schools of Indian Psychology like Samkhya, Vedanta, Buddhism, Sufism, and the Integral Psychology of Sri Aurobindo. Time permitting, attention will be given to the application of Indian Psychology in Self-development, Education, Psychotherapy, and Management. The programme will include a short introduction to research methods appropriate for Indian Psychology.

The Summer School is meant for academics and professionals who are active in the field of psychology and who use (or plan to use) ideas, attitudes and practices derived from the Indian tradition in their work and personal development. The programme is targeted primarily at those who already have a serious involvement in Indian Psychology and want to deepen or widen their understanding. Others, for example students who consider doing a PhD on an Indian Psychology related topic, can also apply, but should be ready for a lot of hard work, both outer and inner.

We envisage the summer school as a collaborative effort, in which participants who already have a good understanding of some specialised area of Indian Psychology will share their expertise with the others. The daily program would typically involve 2 intensive, interactive classes in the morning, self-study in the afternoon, and a daily "high tea" with semi-formal group-discussions and presentations from 5.30 - 6.30 pm. This routine program will be interspersed with full-day workshops on specific topics.

All participants will be expected to take up a mini-research project during their stay and report on their findings at the end of the course, both orally and in writing.

Place and Duration

The programme will be conducted in Puducherry, India. The full course will be six weeks, from May 28th to July 7th, 2012. Preference will be given to candidates who will attend the full course, but partial participation may be considered in special circumstances.


There will be no costs involved in this course. Participants will, however, have to look after their own accommodation. We can help to arrange this for anything between Rs. 100 and Rs. 1000 per day ($2 to $20), depending on the type of accommodation required. In special cases scholarships may be provided.


Please send the information requested in the Registration form by email to (with "ssip" in the subject header). You may please do so even if you're not certain yet whether you want to follow the course.

Further information

For a short description of what is meant by "Indian Psychology", one could consult the Introduction to Foundations of Indian Psychology.

The latest information on the Summer School Indian Psychology will always be available here at For any other enquiries, please write to with "ssip" in the subject header of your email।