Senate of Serampore College (University)

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Senate of Serampore College (University)
Serampore Vishwavidyalaya
130PX
Latin: SERAMPORE SENATUM COLLEGIUM (ACADEMIA)
Motto GLORIAM SAPIENTES POSSIDEBUNT
Motto in English
The wise will possess glory
Type University under Section 2 (f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956
Established 1818 (1818)
Affiliation University Grants Commission Act, 1956
Religious affiliation
Christianity
Chancellor John Sadananda (Master),
President Bishop Isaac Mar Philoxenos,
Registrar The Rev. Santanu Patro, D. Th. (Serampore)
Location 8, William Carey Road
Serampore - 712201
, West Bengal, India
Campus Semi-Urban
Language English
Website www.senateofseramporecollege.edu.in

The Senate of Serampore College (University) is located in Serampore in West Bengal, India. Serampore was granted the status of university in 1829, making it India's first institution to have the status of a university.[1]

The college was founded by the missionaries Joshua Marshman, William Carey and William Ward (the Serampore trio), to give an education in Arts and Sciences to students of every "caste, colour or country" and to train a ministry for the growing Church in India (See: Christianity in India).

The Senate[edit]

Pastor D. T. Niles one of the recipients of the honorary Doctorate of Divinity conferred by the University in 1957;
Pastor C. Devasahayam, the Registrar of the University during 1960-1975;

The Senate of Serampore College (University) runs the academic administration of all its affiliated theological colleges. The Council of Serampore College holds a Danish Charter and had the power to confer degrees in any subject, which it currently exercises only for conferring theological degrees as recommended by the Senate.[2]

The present Master is The Rev.John S. Sadananda, Bishop Emeritus of Karnataka Southern Diocese of the CSI.[3]

Several theological Colleges and Seminaries all over India including Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College.

Authority to issue degrees and accreditation[edit]

King Frederick VI of Denmark originally granted a Royal Charter giving the Senate of Serampore College the status of a degree granting university.[4] The Senate of Serampore College (University) is a University within the meaning of Section 2 (f)[5] of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956[6] (as modified up to 20 December 1985).

In fact, Serampore was the first institution[7] to be given the status of a university in India.

It confers its own degrees in Theology under the power vested by the Charter and Act of Serampore College.

History[edit]

OldSeramporeCollege.jpg

Since Serampore was then a Danish colony, King Frederick VI, the King of Denmark, issued Serampore College its Royal Charter of Incorporation on 23 February 1827, in Copenhagen, Denmark (Charter, 1, Charter, 2, Charter, 3). The charter came in response to Joshua Marshman's visit to King Frederick in August 1826; the charter gave Serampore College the privilege of awarding degrees in Arts and Theology. William Carey, Joshua Marshman, and John Clark Marshman (Joshua's son) were designated as members of the first Council. At its opening, the Trio released a prospectus which proposed "A College for the instruction of Asiatic Christian and other Youth in Eastern Literature and European Science." The College was open to all persons of any caste or creed, and the founders ensured that no denominational test would apply to faculty members. The charter has also been confirmed by the Bengal Govt Act. IV of 1918.

The status accorded by the Danish Charter has since been re-affirmed for the study of Theology[8] and now forms the basis for degrees of all levels conferred by over forty theological colleges throughout India, and is administered by the Senate.It was incorporated by Royal Charter of 1827 and Bengal Government Act. IV of 1918.

Degrees awarded[edit]

Presently, the Senate of Serampore College (University) restricts itself to award of degrees pertaining to theology.

The following are the degrees awarded to students through its affiliated colleges throughout India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka:

Internal[edit]

Officers of the Senate[9]

Graduate programmes[edit]

Postgraduate programmes[edit]

Doctoral programmes[edit]

Registrarships of the University[11]

(Period, Name of the Registrar )

External[edit]

Diploma programmes[edit]

  • Diploma in Christian Studies (Dip. C.S.)
  • Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counselling (Dip.C.P.C.)
  • Diploma in Bible translation (Dip B.T)

Graduate programmes[edit]

  • Bachelor of Christian Studies (B.C.S.)

Postgraduate programmes[edit]

  • Master of Ministry (M.Min.)
  • Master of Christian Studies (MCS)

Doctoral programmes[edit]

Constituent Colleges[edit]

Affiliated Colleges[edit]

The affiliated Colleges of the University up to 2016[16] are,
No. State Institution Founded Town
PIN
Courses
Residential Non-residential
I Andhra Pradesh Bethel Bible College 2000 Guntur
522 006
B.D. B.C.S.
II Andhra Pradesh Master's College of Theology 1996 Visakhapatnam
530 041
B.D. Dip.C.S.
B.C.S.
III Assam Eastern Theological College Jorhat
785 014
B.D.
M.Th.
Dip.C.S.
B.C.S.
IV Gujarat Gujarat United School of Theology Ahmedabad
380 006
B.Th. -
V Gujarat Methodist Bible Seminary Vasad
388 306
B.Th. Dip.C.S.
VI Haryana Dharma Jyoti Vidyapeeth Faridabad
121 101
B.D. -
VII Haryana Nav Jyoti Post graduate and Research Centre Faridabad
121 006
M.Th. -
VIII Jharkhand Gossner Theological College Ranchi
834 001
B.Th. -
IX Jharkhand Santal Theological College Benagaria
814 101
B.Th. -
X Karnataka Karnataka Theological College Mangalore B.D. Dip.C.S.
XI Karnataka United Theological College, Bangalore Bangalore B.D.
M.Th.
D.Th.
-
XII Kerala Believer's Church Theological Seminary Thiruvalla
689 103
B.D. -
XIII Kerala Faith Theological Seminary Adoor
691 551
B.D.
B.Miss.
M.Th.
D.Th.
B.C.S.
XIV Kerala Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture,[16][17] Kottayam
686 001
M.Th.
D.Th.
-
XV Kerala India Bible College and Seminary Thiruvalla
689 541
B.D. -
XVI Kerala Kerala Theological Seminary Kottarakara
691 531
B.D. -
XVII Kerala Kerala United Theological Seminary Thiruvananthapuram
695 011
B.D. -
XVIII Kerala Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary Mulanthuruthy
682 314
B.D. -
XIX Kerala Mar Thoma Episcopal Jubilee Institute of Evangelism Tiruvalla
689 105
B.Th. -
XX Kerala Mar Thoma Theological Seminary Kottayam
686 001
B.D. -
XXI Kerala Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam
686 001
B.D. Dip.W.M.
XXII Madhya Pradesh Leonard Theological College Jabalpur
482 001
B.D. -
XXIII Maharashtra St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary Nagpur
441 501
B.D. -
XXIV Maharashtra Union Biblical Seminary Pune
411 037
B.D.
M.Th.
D.Th.
-
XXV Maharashtra United Theological Seminary of Maharashtra Pune
411 001
B.Th. Dip.C.S.
XXVI Manipur Manipur Theological College Kangpokpi
795 129
B.D. -
XXVII Manipur Trulock Theological Seminary Imphal
795 001
B.D. -
XXVIII Meghalaya Harding Theological College Tura
794 002
B.D. -
XXIX Meghalaya John Roberts Theological Seminary Shillong
798 009
B.D. -
XXX Mizoram Academy of Integrated Christian Studies Aizawl
796 001
B.D.
M.Th.
-
XXXI Mizoram Aizawl Theological College Aizawl
796 001
B.D.
M.Th.
D.Th.
B.C.S.
M.C.S.
XXXII Mizoram Missionary Training College Aizawl
796 005
B.Miss. -
XXXIII Nagaland Baptist Theological College Pfutsero
797 107
B.D. -
XXXIV Nagaland Clark Theological College Mokokchung
798 601
B.D.
M.Th.
-
XXXV Nagaland Trinity Theological College Dimapur
797 112
B.D. -
XXXVI Nagaland Witter Theological College Wokha
797 111
B.D. -
XXXVII Odisha Orissa Christian Theological College Gopalpur
761 002
B.Th. -
XXXVIII Tamil Nadu Bethel Bible Institute,[16] Danishpet
636 354
B.D.
B.Miss.
-
XXXIX Tamil Nadu Concordia Theological Seminary Nagercoil
629 001
B.D. -
XL Tamil Nadu Gurukul Lutheran Theological College Chennai
600 010
B.D.
M.Th.
-
XLI Tamil Nadu Indian Theological Seminary Chennai
600 062
B.D. -
XLII Tamil Nadu Madras Theological Seminary and College Chennai
600 010
B.D. B.C.S.
XLIII Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary Madurai
625 010
B.D.
M.Th.
Dip.C.S.
B.C.S.
XLIV Telangana Advanced Institute for Research on Religion and Culture 2016 Hyderabad
500 052
M.Th. -
XLV Telangana Andhra Christian Theological College 1964 Hyderabad
500 080
B.D. Dip.C.S.
B.C.S.
M.C.S.
XLVI Telangana Calvin Institute of Theology Yacharam
501 509
B.D. -
XLVII Telangana Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College Shamshabad
501 218
B.D. Dip.C.S.
XLVIII Uttarakhand Luther W. New Jr. Theological College,[16] Dehra Dun
248 001
B.D.
Dip.W.M.
-
XLIX Uttar Pradesh Allahabad Bible Seminary Allahabad
211 002
B.D. Dip.C.S.,
B.C.S.
L West Bengal Bishop's College Kolkata
700 017
B.D. -
LI West Bengal Calcutta Bible Seminary North 24 Parganas
700 132
B.D. -
LII West Bengal North India Institute of Post Graduate Theological Studies Serampore
712 201
M.Th.
D.Th.
-

Other affiliated centres[edit]

Affiliated centres as of 2014 for the purpose of Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counselling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education [1]
  2. ^ World Council of Churches [2] Ministerial Formation, July 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2006.
  3. ^ The present Vice-Master is Mrs. Hilda Peacock.Anglican Communion News Service
  4. ^ Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, "Other Universities", Chapter XVI, Calcutta University, Three Missionaries, Carey, Marshman and Ward started the first Mission college at Serampore in 1818, and 9 years later it received a charter from the King of Denmark empowering it to grant degree.[3]
  5. ^ Under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act, 1956, University means a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act or a State Act, and includes any such institution as may, in consultation with the University concerned, be recoginsed by the Commission in accordance with the regulations made in this behalf under this Act. The UGC took the opinion that the Senate fell under the purview of Section 2 (f) of the said Act since The Serampore College Act, 1918 was passed by the Government of West Bengal.[4]
  6. ^ The University Grants Commission Act, 1956
  7. ^ Murli Manohar Joshi, Higher Education in India Vision and Action, A paper presented at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in the Twenty First Century, Paris, 5–9 October 1998. Internet, accessed 22 August 2008. [5]
  8. ^ Sankar Ray, The Hindu (Business Line), 11 April 2008 Almost a century later, the charter was endorsed officially under the Bengal Govt Act IV of 1918. [6]
  9. ^ Senate of Serampore College (University), Officers of the Senate
  10. ^ Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Bishops. [7]
  11. ^ Senate, Registrars of the Senate
  12. ^ University of Leeds Calendar 1953, p. 140. [8]
  13. ^ 140th Annual Report of the Baptist Missionary Society, 1932, p.83.[imageserver.library.yale.edu/digcoll:355364/500.pdf]
  14. ^ University of Edinburgh Journal, Volumes 33-34, 1987, p.145
  15. ^ Linked In
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Senate, List of Colleges as on 31.7.2016.
  17. ^ a b Monica J. Melanchton, Graduate Biblical Studies in India in Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Kent Harold Richards (Edited), Transforming Graduate Biblical Education: Ethos and Discipline, SBL, Atlanta, 2010, p.120. [9]

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