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"
Type Private
Established 1893; 124 years ago (1893)
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Jesuit
Chancellor Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ
President Fr. Selva Rathinam, SJ
Vice-Chancellor Fr. George Pattery, SJ
Academic staff
60
Students 860[1]
Location Pune, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban: Ramwadi, Pune
Website jdv.edu.in

Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) is a Pontifical institute for philosophy and religion located at Pune, India. Established in 1893, it caters to the formation of Catholic priests in India[2]

History[edit]

JDV is the degree granting athenaeum of the Papal Seminary which was founded in 1893 at Kandy, Sri Lanka, which was considered a part of occupied India, to look after the formation of Catholic priests for the whole of India. After Indian Independence, it became difficult for Indians to go to Sri Lanka for studies. In 1955, Papal Seminary along with its Athenaeum moved to Pune. The Athenaeum of the Papal Seminary adopted the Indian name Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth in 1972 (see the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth Handbook and Calendar 2015-2016 pp. 8–10). In 2015 it celebrated its diamond jubilee of transfer to Pune. It continues to offer philosophy and theology courses for those studying for the Catholic priesthood. It also serves as an intellectual centre for the Catholic Church in India, having taken a leading role in promoting inculturation since the 1970s. Its "Department of Indian Studies" brings "Indian" insights to the Christian faith.

Programs[edit]

In the 1970s and 1980s JDV was the driving force for inculturation, inter-religious dialog, and "liberation theology" for the Indian church. Personalities like Richard De Smet,[3] George Lobo,[4] and George-Soares Prabhu[5] enabled JDV to lead a Catholic movement toward the concerns of the poor and marginalised in Indian society. Sara Grant taught philosophy and theology at the institute.[6]

JDV has continued in its pioneering activities in the Indian church, for more than a decade pursuing dialog between science and religion. It offers a Masters in Science and Religion (MSPR). More practical, contextual studies in sacred scripture have seen a revival, with the addition of a master's program in contextual spirituality. Diploma and Master's Programme in Ignatian Spirituality began in the academic year 2016-17. Also, a pastoral management course was instituted for the administrative and service sector.

Eminent faculty[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handbook, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.
  2. ^ Directory, New Delhi: Jesuit Conference of South Asia, 2010, p.35.
  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 Publishers, 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, India: Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, 2001. Print.
  6. ^ "Sara Grant - In Memoriam" Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue, Bulletin 69, August 2002. Dead link: Archived version.

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Coordinates: 18°31′25″N 73°50′52″E / 18.5236°N 73.8478°E / 18.5236; 73.8478