Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) of Pune has recently opened a building for post graduate studies in theology, philosophy and spirituality.
This is the first such program in India, says Jesuit Father Edward Mudavassery, who heads the JDV as the Jesuit provincial of South Asia.
“The idea is to develop many disciplines in these subject and have a theologate and philosophate in India that would stand up to others in the world,” he told ucanews.com on June 15.
The provincial said degrees awarded by Church institutions in India are not recognized in the Western countries. People with masters in theology and philosophy from India have to redo their courses when they go overseas to pursue doctoral courses.
“Our aim is to offer masters and doctoral courses of world standard here,” Father Mudavassery asserted.
A special feature of the new building is it contains all class rooms and facilities. It has 100 self-contained single rooms for male students, two auditoriums with audio-visual facilities for conferences.
Father Mudavassery says the new facility can teach some 150 students. Currently it has some 60 student, of whom 30 stay within the new building.
The Jesuit provincial said as the JDV, the new program is also an inter-congregational venture.
Women students stay at a nearby hostel managed by the Holy Spirit Sisters.
The provincial said a hostel for postgraduate women is part of the future plans.
Scholarships are available for students, Father Mudavassery said.