INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY, K.U. LEUVEN, BELGIUM
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Dean, Hoger Instituutvoor Wijsbegeerte (HIW), K.U. Leuven, Belgium, and Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, India, on May 23, 2007, which was subsequently renewed in 2011. This MoU envisages legitimate exchange of staff and students between the consenting faculties, based on the mutual recognition of the degrees.
FACULTY OF THEOLOGY, K.U. LEUVEN, BELGIUM
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Faculty of Theology, K.U. Leuven, Belgium, and the Faculty of Theology, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, India, in May 2019. Representing KUL, Belgium, the Rector and Dean, Faculty of Theology, and on the part of the DVK, Bangalore, the President and the Dean, Faculty of Theology, signed the MoU. This MoU envisages legitimate exchange of staff and students between the consenting faculties, based on the mutual recognition of the degrees.
ATMODAYA: CENTRE FOR PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
This centre undertakes studies on current issues and insights in the field of psycho-spiritual development. Courses and researches are conducted on the contributions made by Indian traditions to this study, in particular, the psycho-physical aspects of yoga, and the paranormal phenomena which prevail on the subcontinent.
Director: Dr. Thomas Parayil, CMI
CENTRE FOR BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (CBTS)
This centre is committed to foster research in Sacred Scripture. Special courses and projects on Biblical and Theological studies are conducted at this centre. The following courses are offered: (i) Week-end diploma course in Bible and theology for laity and religious and (ii) Residential Summer Course in Bible for the laity and religious.
Director: Dr. Devasiachan Mukulath, CMI
CENTRE FOR DALIT SOLIDARITY (CDS)
The mainstream culture of Indian society supported by the great Sanskrit tradition appears to move with a mono-cultural and mono-religious nationalism. Centre for Dalit Solidarity, established on 14 July 1997, aims at preserving and promoting the cultural, social, and religious diversities of the tribals, aboriginals, dalits, and other ethnic and religious minorities preserved in what is known as little traditions, to nurture the pluralistic spirit of Indian civilization.
Director: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Alackapally, CMI
CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (CES)
The great visionary who planned and started Dharmaram Campus, late Bishop Jonas Thaliath of happy memories, had a vision of harmony of life as the foundational source as well as the goal of Christian mission. In tune with this vision, he had masterminded Dharmaram in such a way that nature was nurtured all through her existence and mission. As the Faculty of Philosophy has evolved out of the pioneering vision of Bishop Jonas, during the celebration of the silver jubilee of the Faculty of Philosophy (2009), the Centre for Environmental Studies was established under the Faculty of Philosophy. CES offers various programmes to the academic fraternity of DVK as well as to the public with a focus on conscientizing all on the importance of nature and the need to protect and enhance the environment. CES offers an annual lecture series, titled “Paul Wiegelmann Annual Lecture on Environmental Studies,” by a renowned scholar or activist from the field of ethics or environmental studies and publishes its proceedings in the form of a book.
Director: Dr. Jojo Parecattil, CMI
CENTRE FOR THE STUDY RESEARCH ON KURIAKOSE ELIAS CHAVARA (CSRKEC)
Centre for Research on Kuriakose Elias Chavara aims at promoting serious study and research on the person and contributions of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The Centre focuses on deeper research in the areas of the enlightened personality of St. Chavara, his integrated vision, multi-dimensional spirituality, manifold contributions, future-oriented and the prophetic steps he took to radically change the society and culture of his times. Being a man of God and a visionary he founded the CMI and CMC religious congregations for the integral growth and uplift of the society, and initiated effective movements that opened up new avenues for the extraordinary development of the Church and society. The Centre for Research on Kuriakose Elias Chavara would facilitate better understanding on the person of St. K.E. Chavara and would initiate programmes to inculcate the values he cherished in life and mission.
Director: Fr. Benny Nalkara, CMI
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Centre for Science and Religion, established to promote constructive dialogue between religionists and scientists, is DVK’s response and contribution towards the Catholic Church’s proclamation of the year of Faith in 2012-2013.The Centre delves deep into the dynamics of faith and reason and tries to integrate the positive contributions of religion and science. Religion as a meaning giving mechanism and science as a life facilitating mechanism can come together to eliminate the ills of the society such as illiteracy, hunger, poverty, malnutrition, diseases and to enhance ecological awareness, human equality and can, thus, strive for a peaceful and harmonious global culture. The Centre offers, certificate and diploma programmes,camps,endowment lectures,and publication of books on science and religion,aiming at the target groups such as school children,youth,religious leaders,and scientists,along with the students of DVK, so that a culture of understanding and integration can be fostered.Illustrious thinkers like His Holiness Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra were the former speakers for the Science and Religion Endowment Lectures at DVK
Director: Dr. Gregory Malayail, CMI
CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
The Centre strives to promote studies and scientific research on Second Vatican Council by providing the researches with new archival documents and other resources.
Director: Prof. Dr. Francis Thonippara, CMI
CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF WORLD RELIGIONS (CSWR)
In order to foster inter-religious dialogue in the context of India’s religious pluralism, Dharmaram instituted in 1971 a Centre for the Study of World Religions. This centre offers special lectures, seminars, courses, prayer meetings (Fellowship in Religious Experience: FIRE), etc., with a view to promote better understanding among various traditions. Researches into the diverse problems of the pluralistic religious situation in India are also undertaken. The Centre publishes the Journal of Dharma (Dharmaram Journal of Religions and Philosophies).
Director: Dr. Mathew Attumkal, CMI
CENTRE FOR WOMEN STUDIES (CWS)
This centre, attached to the Faculty of Theology, is established in order to promote the dignity and rights of women, and to empower them both in the society and in the Church, by means of research, seminars, courses, and publication of relevant literature.
Director: Dr. Jobi Thomas Thurackal, CMI
DHARMARAM ACADEMY OF DISTANCEEDUCATION (DADE)
DVK has launched DADE, coinciding with the Golden Jubilee of Dharmaram, with the following objectives: to make theological, philosophical, and religious studies easily accessible to the general public; to disseminate knowledge to a greater number of seekers in a non-seminary context; to impart theological, philosophical and religious studies with a harmonious synthesis of the Indian, Eastern, and Western genius; to promote mature Christian leadership among the laity through intellectual and faith formation; and to help people of other faiths to know Christianity and its basic worldview. DADE offers PG Diploma courses in the following disciplines: (1) Philosophy, (2) Theology, (3) Biblical Studies, (4) Spiritual Theology, (5) Counselling Psychology, (6) Legal Studies (7) Thomas Christian Studies, (8) Study of Religions, (9) Eastern and Indian Christian Spirituality, and (10) Formative Spirituality.
Director: Dr. Benny Tharakunnel, CMI
Associate Director: Dr. Wilson Chakkyath, CMI
Associate Director: Dr. Josin Kaithakulam, CMI
Consultant Director: Prof. Dr. George Edayadiyil, CMI
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DHARMARAM INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGES (DIL)
Dharmaram Institute of Languages, instituted in June 2009, offers courses in Classical as well as modern languages.
Director: Dr. Tomy Kattampally, CMI
Associate Director: Dr. Benny Tharakunnel, CMI
INSTITUTE OF PASTORAL MANAGEMENT (IPM)
Institute of Pastoral Management is a centre established in the Faculty of Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram with a view to provide specialized training to ordained priests to undertake ministry in specific contexts and to facilitate quality research and ongoing updating programmes in the area of pastoral ministry. Apart from regular programmes to train missionaries in diverse contexts, this Institute intends to impart training in languages and other skills required for the effective fulfilment of the mission mandate. This Institute offers, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany, an intensive five months Pastoral Management Course for priests, who want to work in the German speaking dioceses. The first part of the course, consisting of intensive training in the first two levels of German language, will be offered in association with the Goethe Institute, Bangalore. The second part will offer specially focused introduction to the German culture, traditions, history of the Church in Germany, liturgical practices, etc., in view of practically equipping each candidate to offer pastoral care to the people in German speaking Catholic parishes. These courses will be offered by teachers from Germany who are experts in the respective fields.
Director: Prof. Dr. Joy Philip Kakknattu, CMI
PASTORAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME (PLP)
The IPM caters to the updating of the priests, religious and lay people on the needs and challenges of our times. It organizes seminars, workshops and leadership programmes
Director: Dr. Rajesh Kavalackal,CMI
PLACID PODIPARA CENTRE FOR EASTERN AND INDIAN CHRISTIAN STUDIES (PPCEICS)
The purpose of this centre is the promotion of the study and research of the rich religious heritage of Eastern and Indian theological traditions. The centre offers lectures and courses to serve this purpose.
Director: Prof. Dr. Paulachan Kochappilly, CMI
This centre, meant exclusively for junior sisters, is for the purpose of giving a one year diploma course in Religious Sciences. The centre runs its regular classes in collaboration with the CMC Sisters at their Study House, Jnanodaya, on the DVK Campus.
Directress: Dr. Beena Therese, CMC