Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth

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Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth: Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion
Motto "The seer sees the self through his/her own self"
Established 1893
Type Private
President Rev. Selva Rathinam, SJ
Academic staff
Students 860
Location Pune, Maharashtra, India
18°31′25″N 73°50′52″E / 18.5236°N 73.8478°E / 18.5236; 73.8478Coordinates: 18°31′25″N 73°50′52″E / 18.5236°N 73.8478°E / 18.5236; 73.8478
Campus Urban, Ramwadi, Pune
Mascot Meditating person under a tree with roots up
Website jdv.edu.in
Type Private
Chancellor Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ
Vice-Chancellor Fr. Edward S. Mudavasssery, SJ
Campus Urban
Affiliations Ecclesiastical Institution
Website www.jdv.edu.in

Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) is a Pontifical Institute for Philosophy and Religions, located at Pune, India. Established in 1883, it caters predominantly to the philosophical and theological formation of catholic priests in India[1] with a student population of more than 750 and faculty of 25.[2] It's celebrating its diamond jubilee in Pune, since it was transferred from Kandy, Sri Lanka, to Pune in 1955.

In 70's and 80's it was the driving force for inculturation, inter-religious dialog and liberation theology for the Indian church. Great personalities like Richard De Smet,[3] George Lobo [4] and George-Soares Prabhu [5] have enabled JDV to lead a movement for the Indian Church that takes up the concerns of the poor and marginalised in the Indian society. Sara Grant taught philosophy and theology at the institute.[6]

Today it has taken up some pioneering activities for the Indian Church. For the last ten years, it has been pursuing vigorously dialog between science and religion. A new pastoral management course has been set up to cater to the needs of administrative and service sector. Relevant and contextual studies in sacred scripture has also seen a revival recently. A new Master's Program in contextual spirituality is being offered. Another innovative program, Masters in Science and Religion (MSPR) is also its unique contribution.


JDV was founded in 1883 at Kandy, which was part of British India, to look after the formation of Catholic priests for the whole of India. After India's independence, it was becoming difficult for Indians go to Sri Lanka to pursue their studies. So in 1955, it was shifted to Pune.[7] Ever since, it has been serving the needs of young seminarians in their philosophical and theological search.

Current Position[edit]

Today JDV serves as one of the prominent intellectual centres of the Indian Catholic Church. Reflecting seriously on the context and deeply rooted in the Indian Culture, the staff and students of JDV are engaged in making Christian values significant in the Indian context of deep religiosity and inhuman poverty. Through class room teaching, debate and writing, JDV tries to articulate a Christian vision for contemporary India/world. JDV has been leading roles in promoting inculturation since the 1970s. It has a Department of Indian Studies that actively strives to contribute the Indian insights to the Christian vision.

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Some Eminent Professors of JDV[edit]


  1. ^ Directory, New Delhi: Jesuit Conference of South Asia, 2010, p.35.
  2. ^ Handbook, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, 2007.
  3. ^ De Smet, Richard, and Bradley J. Malkovsky. New Perspectives on Advaita VedaAnta: Essays in Commemoration of Professor Richard De Smet. Numen Book Series Studies in the History of Religions,. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2000. Print.
  4. ^ Lobo, George V. Church and Social Justice. Jesuit Theological Forum Reflections. Anand, Gujarat, India: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 1993. Print.
  5. ^ Soares-Prabhu, George, and Francis X. D'Sa. Theology of Liberation: An Indian Biblical Perspective. Pune: Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, 2001. Print.
  6. ^ Sara Grant - In Memoriam Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue, Bulletin 69, August 2002.
  7. ^ LOcation wikimapia.

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