The Department of Oriental Studies and Research at SASTRA Deemed to be University was established in 2010, initially offered few elective programmes for B.Tech. students & few diploma programs also. Over a period of time, it introduced M.A. (Sanskrit) & M.A. (Divyaprabandham) courses through distance learning. While the Diploma in Sanskrit was discontinued later, the M.A. programmes continued to be offered in the same mode.
Throughout these years, the department has organized several noteworthy events. In 2010, it held a National Conference on Vedic and Ancient Indian Mathematics (VAIM2010), which saw participation from eminent scholars presenting their research papers. In the same year, a workshop on "Manuscriptology" was conducted with financial support from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, and had 32 Vedic scholars attending.
In 2011, a conference on "Vedas – the sources of all sciences" gathered over 350 delegates. Subsequently, in 2012, a one-day national conference on "Vedas, the treasure house of Mathematics" was held that attracted about 300 delegates. The department also conducted an All India Veda Vijnana Sammelanam in 2012 with partial funding from MSRVVP of Ujjain.
In the following years, the department continued to organize various events, including conferences on the "Essence of Bhagavad Gita" (2013), "Srimad Ramayana" (2014), and "Samskrita vaibhavam" (2015). It also held a Vedanta conference in 2015, featuring the esteemed presence of Sri Rajiv Malhothra from the Infinity Foundation, USA.
Since its inception or later, the department has offered several programs, including M.A. (Sanskrit) and M.A. (Divyaprabandham), Diplomas in Sanskrit, Vedic Maths, and Vedic studies, and a Certificate course in Srivaishnavism. Additionally, various open electives were provided to students of Technology and Engineering, covering topics such as Vedic Maths, Sanskrit, Manuscriptology, Advaita Vedanta, Ayurveda, Jyotirvigyan, Epigraphy, Yoga, and Science and Technology in Sanskrit.
Currently, the DOSR conducts classes for M.A. (Sanskrit) students through distance mode & provides language courses for B.A.B.Ed. and B.Sc.B.Ed. students, and continues to offer various open electives for Engineering and Technology students. Additionally, Introduction to Indic almanac and astrology, along with Basic German, have been included as new open elective courses this year, i.e. 2023.