The Manipur University of Culture has ambitious but fundamentally relevant programmes befitting the first University of its kind in the North-East. The University aims at running
1. a programme on Language, Literature and Linguistics
2. a programme on
(a) Theory on Culture and various aspects of Culture, and
(b) Culture Studies, with particular emphasis on the Culture of
3. a programme on Visual Arts
4. a programme on Dance
5. a programme on Music
6. a programme on Thang-Ta
7. a programme on Umang Lai -Haraoba.
8. a programme on Theatre with particular reference to Traditional Theatre of Manipur.
9. a programme on Manipuri Sankirtana.
10. a programme on Indigenous Games and Sports of Manipur.
11. a programme on Tribal Studies.
(a) The Programmes given above will be of Graduate, Post-Graduate, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate levels of study and Research.
(b) The Programme on Language, Literature and Linguistics will initially be a small and simple programme or discipline meant for refreshing the experience, the exposure to language and Literature and Languistic competence of the young learners entering the portals of the University for graduate studies.
As the University grows hopefully with the passage of time this simple academic step may flourish into a dynamic Department of Language and Literature, offering courses for graduate, post -graduate, doctorate and post-doctoral studies.
(c) A programme on Theory of Culture and culture studies is supposed to be a very important pillar in the overall academic structure of any University of Culture worth the name. The Manipur University of Culture aims at providing an institutional mechanism to clarify, in an unpedantic way, the intricacies built in the concept of culture. It also aims at drawing serious academic attention to the vast diversity of human culture in time and space, both in the traditional and globalised contemporary contexts.
Initially the programme on Culture will be a short and simple one, introductory and foundational in nature, to make the young learners acquire meaningful cultural literacy based on a general but more critical awareness of the problems like Nature, Society, starting with indigenous societies, religion, customs, tradition, culture etc. There will also be a separate foundational programme on Cultural Studies of the seminal Manipuri socio-religious institution of Umang Lai Haraoba.
As the university grows the programme may become a full-fledged Department of Culture offering Graduate, Post-Graduate, Doctorate and Post-Doctoral courses of studies.
(d) The programme on Visual Arts, Dance and Music and Umang Lai Haraoba and Sankirtana, Theatre, Thang-Ta, Tribal Studies are structured in such a way that equal importance is given to both the theoretical and the moving philosophy of the art forms and the performance aspects.
Synergic processes like symbiosis and syncretism between and among the art forms may be encouraged.
(e) Nothing has been done so far with regard to the traditional theatre of the land and the indigenous games and sports. There is, however, an ambitious plan to start thinking and doing something positive in that direction also.