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Dharmaram Institutions

1. Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK) is a Pontifical Athenaeum for higher learning and formation, established by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Vatican, as an independent institute, empowered to grant degrees, including Licentiate and Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology, Licentiate in Oriental Canon Law and Licentiate and Master’s in Formative Spirituality and Counselling.

The stages of the growth of Dharmaram College very clearly reveal that attention was paid simultaneously to its material, spiritual, and academic aspects. Already in 1965 the College was affiliated to the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and 11 years later in 1976, the Congregation for Catholic Education by its Decree, "Nobilissimae Indiarum Gentes," erected in it a Faculty of Theology as an independent Institute with rights to confer the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theology and the Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. Early in 1971, the College had instituted a Centre for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) in order to implement and establish the directives of Vatican II concerning inter-religious dialogue in the context of India's religious pluralism. In furtherance of this objective, the same Centre, in 1975, started the publication of Journal of Dharma (Dharmaram Journal of Religions and Philosophies), in order to foster and enhance researches in the fields of dialogue and ecumenism and to contribute to the formulation and development of an indigenous Christian philosophy and theology. In recognition of the merits and the significant progress Dharmaram Pontifical Institute made in seven years, the same Congregation by its decree “Antiquissima Indorum Philosophica,” on 8 December 1983 constituted also a Faculty of Philosophy, empowering it to award postgraduate and doctoral degrees in Philosophy.

In the year 1983, Darsana Institute of Philosophy at Wardha was started as the CMI Mission Philosophate with three basic orientations: Missionary, Indian, and Rural. It works as an extension centre of Dharmaram imparting academic training leading to the degree of BPh. In the Statutes approved by the Congregation for the Catholic Education on 7 November 1986 the Athenaeum was re-christened as Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK) meaning the Temple of Wisdom in the Garden of Dharma. Samanvaya Theological College was started in 1994 as an extension centre of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, offering courses leading to the BTh degree. Samanvaya (literally meaning ‘Integration’) envisions a theological training programme focusing on the Church’s evangelizing mission in the northern parts of India. The signs of the times challenge us to delineate a new vision and approach in the formation of today’s missionaries. Four philosophical and theological institutes are affiliated to DVK.

Mission: A living temple of wisdom and the dharma of Jesus Christ for the wellbeing of all and the glory of God.

Vision: Holistic formation in the radical discipleship of Jesus Christ, the Satguru, for Christian leadership. Promotion of rigorous academic research in philosophical, theological and allied disciplines. Harmonious synthesis of the Western, the Eastern and the Indian genius.

Institute of Oriental Canon Law: In the context of the ever-increasing importance of specialization and research in Oriental Canon Law and taking into account the facilities of DVK in creatively contributing to the overall progress of the Church in India, especially the Oriental Churches, a new Institute was erected at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram by the Congregation for Catholic Education on 29 March 1999. This Institute is aggregated to the Pontifical Oriental Institute (PIO), Rome, and is named Institute of Oriental Canon Law. This institute was inaugurated on 14 July 1999 by Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil CSsR, the Chancellor of DVK.

The New CampusGrowing as a premier institution of theological and philosophical education, DVK gradually developed a separate and independent campus for itself, exhibiting its grandeur and intellectual ambience. Thanks to the generous help of our well-wishers and benefactors such as MISSIO, the Archdiocese of Cologne, and others, the Administrative Block, Theology Block, Philosophy Block, Postgraduate Hostel, Adhyayana Hostel, research block with more than 100 rooms and other amenities, and a well-equipped Central Library were constructed in due course. 

Contact with other Centres of Learning: Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram maintains close relationships with St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, and organises mutually beneficial academic programmes. To foster ecumenical relations and co-operation in theological and related studies DVK has entered into a contract with the United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore. It has also very cooperative academic relations with the Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC), Whitefield, Bangalore. DVK is a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) and of the Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions (COCTI).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Dean, Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte (HIW), K.U. Leuven, Belgium, and Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, India, on 23 May 2007. This MoU envisages legitimate exchange of staff and students between the consenting faculties, based on the mutual recognition of the degrees.

Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram: Opportunities and Facilities

1. Faculties (courses and research up to Ph.D. level)

            1. Theology

            2. Philosophy

 2. Institutes (courses and research up to Post Graduate / Licentiate Degree level)

            1. Canon Law

            2. Formative Spirituality and Counselling

 3. Centres and Extension Centres (up to under-graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates)

            1. Darsana Institute of Philosophy (Wardha)

            2. Samanvaya Mission Theologate (Bhopal)

3. Atmodaya: Centre for Psycho-Spiritual Development

4. Centre for Biblical and Theological Studies (CBTS)

5. Centre for Dalit Solidarity (CDS)

6. Centre for Eastern and Indian Christian Studies (CEICS)

7. Centre for the Study of World Religions (CSWR)

8. Centre for Women Studies (CWS)

9. Dharmaram Academy of Distance Education (DADE)

10. Jnanodaya

11. Pastoral Management Institute (IPM)

12. Chavara Institute of Indian and Inter-religious Studies (Rome)

13. Chavara International Centre for Indian and Inter-religious Studies                               (Sacramento, USA)

 4. Affiliated Institutions (offering courses up to under-graduate degree level)

            1. Vidya Deep College, Bangalore

2. Carmelaram Theology College, Bangalore

3. De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy, Bangalore

4. Pushpashrama, Institute of Philosophy, Mysore

Website: www.dvk.in

2. Dharmaram College, the major study house of CMI Congregation, was replanted in Bangalore on 1st June, 1957. The name 'Dharmaram' is a combination of two Sanskrit words, dharma (virtue) and aram (garden), which together mean 'GARDEN OF VIRTUES'. Dharmaram is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the motto is Isabhakti Paramjnanam (Love of God is the Supreme Wisdom). Dharmaram aims at educating people who are prepared to commit themselves to the service of the Church and the world, which is accomplished through a holistic, spiritual, intellectual and cultural formation.

 Website: www.dharmaram.in

3. Christ University: Christ University, a premier educational institution, is an academic fraternity of individuals dedicated to the motto of excellence and service. It strives to reach out to the star of perfection through an earnest academic pursuit for excellence and its efforts blossom into 'service' through its creative and empathetic involvement in the society to transform it.

It was formerly known as Christ College (Autonomous) affiliated to Bangalore University. Established in July 1969, Christ College became the most preferred educational institution in the city of Bangalore within the first three decades. From 1990 onwards it scaled from heights to heights. By the introduction of innovative and modern curriculum, insistence on academic discipline, imparting of Holistic Education and with the help of the creative and dedicated staff, Christ College has been continually rated among the top 10 educational institutions of the country. It has the rare distinction to be the first institution in Karnataka to be accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) UGC for quality education. On 7 October 2004, UGC has conferred Autonomy to Christ College (No. F.13-1/2004). On May 20, 2005, it became the first College in South India to be reaccredited with A+ by NAAC. UGC has identified it as an Institution with Potential for Excellence in June 2006. On July 22, 2008 this prestigious institution has declared as a Deemed to be University, in the name and style of Christ University

DVK collaborates with Christ University in various academic and research matters.

Website: www.christuniversity.in

 4.Christ (Group of) Schools :

a. Krist Vidyalaya (Kannada Medium School)

b. Christ English School (www.christschool.in)

c. Christ ICSE School (www.christschool.in)

d. Christ Residence PU College (www.christpucollegeresidential.com)

e. Christ PU College (www.cjc.christcollege.edu)

5. Dharmaram Publications: It is the publication department of Dharmaram College which actively involved in the mission of communicating creative and positive knowledge. Philosophy, theology, canon law, religions, spirituality, inter-religious studies, etc., are their specific areas of interest.

Website: www.dharmarampublications.com

Journal of Dharma: Dharmaram Journal of Religions and Philosophies

The latest issue of the Journal of Dharma (Vol.42, No.2), on Dialogue and Society, is out on 15 October 2017. 

Asian Horizons: Dharmaram Journal of Theology

The latest issue of the Asian Horizons (Vol.11, No.2), on 500 Years of Reformation, is out on 01 September 2017.

Iustitia: Dharmaram Journal of Canon Law

The latest issue of the Iustitia (Vol.7, No.2), on the theme Temporal Goods and Church's Mission, is out on 15 September 2017.

Vinayasadhana: Dharmaram Journal of Formative Spirituality

The latest issue of Vinayasadhana (Vol.8, No.2), on The Art of Parenting and Formation, is out, on 20 August 2017.

Herald of the East: Dharmaram Journal of Chavara Studies

The latest issue of Herald of the East (Vol.12, No.2), on Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara: To the Desert and Back, is out on 15 October 2017.

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