South Asia Theological Research Institute

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South Asia Theological Research Institute
Type Centre for advanced theological research
Established 1989
Dean The Rev. P. G. George, Th.D. (Toronto)
Location Serampore, West Bengal, India
Affiliations Senate of Serampore College (University)

South Asia Theological Research Institute (SATHRI) was established by the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (BTESSC)[1] in the year 1989.[2] It is located at Mack House Complex in Serampore.

It offers doctoral programmes in theology.[3]


In the eighties, the BTESSC and the Senate of Serampore College (University) saw the urgency to establish initially one advanced research centre in the country to:

  • develop,
  • coordinate, and
  • facilitate

research at doctoral and non-degree levels emphasizing its indigenous and contextual character.[4] Intense planning and negotiation led to the establishment of SATHRI in 1989 in Bangalore as the research wing of the BTESSC to deal with the promotion of contextualized research, both at the degree and the non-degree levels.[5]

It was meant to strengthen centres for research and to promote basic tools for theological education, to involve in publication of research work and to arrange for programmes that would strengthen the relationship between the theological institutions for the purpose of research.[5]


Courses offered[edit]

Succession of Deans of SATHRI

Doctor of Theology in the fields of:


A Dean oversees the programmes of SATHRI under the supervision of a Committee on Research of the Senate of Serampore College (University).

The present Dean is Rev. P. G. George[14]


The SATHRI journal is an occasional bulletin published by SATHRI.[15]


  1. ^ Wati Longchar, "Challenges for Ecumenical Theological Education : Towards a common strategy and mechanism", [1] Jorhat, 2002, p.2
  2. ^ Dr. K.C. Abraham [2] Farewell to Rev. Samartha
  3. ^ Word Press [3] Tyrst with the Academia
  4. ^ a b The Story of Serampore and its College[4] pp.116-117
  5. ^ a b Ibid.
  6. ^ Government of India [5] Ministry of Human Resource Development
  7. ^ The Story of Serampore and its College[6] pp.112-114
  8. ^ John C. England (Edited), Asian Christian Theologies: Asia region, 7th-20th centuries ; South Asia ; Austral Asia, ISPCK, New Delhi, 2002, pp.300-301. [7]
  9. ^ Philip Mathew, Indian Church mourns death of noted Asian theologian, June 14, 2016. [8]
  10. ^ Minutes of the 35th Meeting of the Board of Theological Education of Senate of Serampore College held on 3rd and 4th February 2010 at the United Theological College, Bengaluru, Karnataka. - Report of the Director In-Charge, Research and SATHRI, p.6.[9]
  11. ^ Geoffrey Wainwright, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker (Edited), The Oxford History of Christian Worship, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006, p.xv. [10]
  12. ^ a b c Senate of Serampore College (University), Minutes of the Executive Committee, November 5, 2010, Kolkata, 2010, p.88. [11]
  13. ^ a b Senate of Serampore College (University) List of the Recipient of the Degree of Doctor of Theology. [12]
  14. ^ Indian Theological Library Association [13] Resource Persons
  15. ^ World Cat [14] SATHRI Journal
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