United Theological College, Bangalore

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United Theological College, Bangalore
UTC logo.JPG
Motto SICUT FILIUS HOMINIS NON VENIT MINISTRARI SED MINISTRARE ET DARE ANIMAM SUAM REDEMPTIONEM PRO MULTIS
Motto in English Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a redemption for many.
Established 1910
Type Seminary
Academic affiliation Senate of Serampore College (University)
Serampore - 712201
West Bengal
Location 63, Miller's Road, Benson Town, Bengaluru 560 042, Telephone: 091 080 23333438, Karnataka, India12°59′45″N 77°35′56″E / 12.99583°N 77.59889°E / 12.99583; 77.59889
Director The Rev. Daniel Sadananda, CSI, Dr. Theol. (Bethel),
Principal The Rev. J. R. John Samuel Raj, CSI, Dr. Theol. (Hamburg)[1]
Academic staff 10+
Website http://www.utc.edu.in/

United Theological College (UTC) is a seminary founded in 1910[2] situated in the southern city of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka in South India and affiliated to the nation's first[3] University, the Senate of Serampore College (University) {a University under Section 2 (f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956[4]}[5]with degree-granting authority validated by a Danish Charter and ratified by the Government of West Bengal.

Since 1976, it has been granted the status of an autonomous[6] college under the University. The college has welcomed world leaders. Mahatma Gandhi visited it in 1927 and declared, To live the gospel is the most effective way…I can say that the life of service and uttermost simplicity is the best preaching. India Post released a centenary commemorative stamp in honor of the United Theological College (UTC) on 8 July 2011. The current Principal is The Rev. John Samuel Raj.

Succession of Old Testament Faculty

Visiting OT Faculty from overseas Universities

Motto[edit]

UTC's motto comes from Matthew 20:28 in the Vulgate: SICUT FILIUS HOMINIS NON VENIT MINISTRARI SED MINISTRARE ET DARE ANIMAM SUAM REDEMPTIONEM PRO MULTIS which translates as "Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a redemption for many".[8] It is sometimes condensed to Not to be Served but to Serve. In the University emblem the motto is in Greek (not in Latin): οὐ... διακονηθῆναι ἀλλὰ διακονῆσαι

Courses offered[edit]

The UTC was granted autonomy in the year 1976 by the Senate of Serampore College (University). The following are the courses offered by the College:[9]

Exchange programs[edit]

The UTC has exchange programs with the Theological Faculty of the University of Basel Switzerland[10] and the Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.[11] It has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Edinburgh wherein a post-graduate student can study a semester in Bengaluru.

Publications[edit]

Bangalore Seminary (1843) From the 'Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle: Vol XXI' (p.193). The London Mission Seminary was established early 19th Century, located at the beginning of Mission Road. This has since been demolished and the land is part of the Mitralaya School Campus
  • The Bangalore Theological Forum, an academic journal brought out twice a year.[12]
  • Masihi Sevak, a pastoral magazine with three releases in a year.[12]
  • Hymns of the Tamil Śaivite Saints an English Translation of the Tiruvacakam, by Francis Kingsbury and GE Phillips (edited by Fred Goodwill)[13]

Campus life[edit]

The college had been a recipient of prizes from the Mysore Horticultural Society, Bengaluru for well-maintained gardens and lawns.Good environment for study purpose.

Library[edit]

The college has a massive library including 200-year-old palm leaf manuscripts. The United States Embassy awarded a grant for preservation of these rare palm leaf manuscripts in 2006.[14]

Present Faculty[edit]

Present Faculty at the United Theological College with subjects taught[15]
Faculty Name Gen
der
Domicile Highest
Degree
Alma Mater University
Discipline: Old Testament
The Rev. D. J. Muthunayagom, CSI M Tamil Nadu D.Th. Missions Academy,
Hamburg (Germany)/
SATHRI, Bangalore
Serampore
The Rev. K. Jesurathnam, STBC M Andhra Pradesh Ph.D. New College,
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Edinburgh
The Rev. J. R. John Samuel Raj, CSI M Kerala Dr. Theol. Missions Academy,
Hamburg (Germany)
Hamburg
Discipline: New Testament
The Rev. J. G. Muthuraj, CSI M Tamil Nadu Ph.D. University of Durham,
Durham (England)
Durham
The Rev. J. Jeyakumar, MCI M Tamil Nadu M.Th. UTC, Bangalore Serampore
The Rev. C. I. David Joy, CSI M Kerala Ph.D University of Birmingham,
Birmingham (England)
Birmingham
The Rev. Dexter S. Maben, CSI M Karnataka Dr. Theol. Theological Seminary Bethel
(Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel)
,
Bielefeld (Germany)
Bethel
Discipline: Theology and Ethics
The Rev. R. Sahayadhas, IELC M Tamil Nadu D.Th. UTC, Bangalore Serampore
The Rev. George Zachariah, MMTSC M Kerala Ph. D Lutheran School of Theology,
Chicago (U.S.A.)
LSTC
The Rev. Allan Samuel Palanna, CSI M Karnataka Ph.D University of Kent,
Canterbury (England)
Kent
The Rev. Mervin Shinoj Boas, CSI M Kerala Ph. D Lutheran School of Theology,
Chicago (U.S.A.)
LSTC
Discipline: History of Christianity
The Fr. M. O. John, MOSC M Kerala D. D. University of Vienna,
Vienna (Austria)[16]
Vienna
Discipline: Mission and Ecumenicism
The Sr. Rani Joseph Mary Sruthi, SND F Karnataka Ph.D. Pontifical Urban University,
Rome (Italy)
Urban
The Rev. Gudrun Löwner, EKD F Germany Ph.D. Heidelberg University,
Heidelberg (Germany)
Heidelberg
Discipline: Christian Ministry
Dr. Nalini ArlesLaity F Karnataka Ph.D. New College,
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Edinburgh
Dr. Joseph GeorgeLaity M Kerala Th.D. Candler School of Theology,
Atlanta (U.S.A.)
Emory
The Rev. Santosh S. Kumar, CSI M Kerala D.Th. Melbourne College of Divinity,
Melbourne (Australia)
Divinity
Discipline: Women's Studies
Dr. Lalrinawmi RalteLaity F Mizoram D.Min.,
D.Th.
Episcopal Divinity School,
Cambridge (U.S.A.)/
SATHRI, Bangalore
Serampore
Discipline: Communication
The Fr. Jerry Kurian, MJSOC M Kerala M.Th. UTC, Bangalore Serampore
Discipline: English
Ms. Geetha BasappaLaity F Karnataka M.A.

Succession of Administrators[edit]

Academic administrators who have led the seminary have been designated Principal.[17]

Years Name Academic credentials
1910-1911 The Rev. James Mathers, LMS,[18] OBE,[19] B. D.[20][21]
1911-1924 The Rev. L. P. Larsen,[21] DMS,[22] M.A.,[20][23]
1924-1930 The Rev. D. S. Herrick, ABCFM M.A.,[24]
1930-1931 The Rev. W. J. T. Small, WMMS M.A. (Cantab.),[25]
1931-1936 The Rev. W. H. Thorp, WMMS B.A. (London),[26]
1936-1937 The Rev. George Parker,[27] LMS B. D.
1937-1954 The Rev. M. H. Harrison, ABCFM Th.M. (Andover),[7]
1954-1983 The Rev. J. R. Chandran, CSI S.T.M. (Union),
1983-1993 The Rev. E. C. John, CSI Dr. Theol. (Heidelberg),
1993-2000 The Rev. Gnana Robinson, CSI Dr. Theol. (Hamburg),
2000-2008 The Rev. O. V. Jathanna, CSI Dr. Theol. (Basel),[28][29]
2008-2009 The Rev. S. I. Selvanayagam, CSI D. Th. (Serampore),[30]
2009-2017 The Rev. J. R. Samuel Raj, CSI Dr. Theol. (Hamburg)[1]
2017- The Rev. Ch. Vasantha Rao, CSI
(Principal-Designate)[31]
Dr. Theol. (Hamburg)[1]

Notable people[edit]

Pastor D. T. Niles whose homiletics caught the attention of research scholars;
Metropolitan Mar Aprem Mooken specialized in History of Christianity
Notable alumni with course undertaken and years of study
Name Course Years Congre-
gation
Domicile
Hospet Sumitra B.D. 1910-13 CSI Andhra Pradesh
Premaka Gurushantha B.D. 1912-16 CSI Karnataka
Juhanon Mar Thoma B.D. 1917-22 MMTSC Kerala
Emani Sambayya B.D. 1928-32 CNI Andhra Pradesh
D. T. Niles B.D. 1929-34 CMC Sri Lanka
H. D. L. Abraham B.D. 1934-37 CSI Karnataka
P. Solomon B.D. 1936-40 CSI Telangana
A. E. Inbanathan B.D. 1939-43 CSI Tamil Nadu
C. Arangaden B.D. 1940-44 CSI Kerala
B. G. Prasada Rao B.D. 1941-45 CSI Telangana
M.Th. 1953-56
S. J. Samartha B.D. 1941-45 CSI Karnataka
B. Prabhudass B.D. 1941-45 CSI Telangana
M.Th. 1951-52
J. R. Chandran B.D. 1941-44 CSI Tamil Nadu
M.Th. 1944-45
K. Devasahayam M.Th. 1942-43 AELC Andhra Pradesh
Philipose Mar Chrysostom B.D. 1943-46 MMTSC Kerala
Lynn de Silva B.D. 1943-47 CMC Sri Lanka
Solomon Doraiswamy B.D. 1944-46 CSI Tamil Nadu
Alexander Mar Thoma B.D. 1945-48 MMTSC Kerala
D. J. Ambalavanar B.D. 1945-50 CSI Sri Lanka
B. E. Devaraj Special
course
1946-47 CNI Andhra Pradesh
Gaddala Solomon B.D. 1949-52 STBC Andhra Pradesh
Refresher course in
Hebrew language
1972-73
N. D. Ananda Rao Samuel B.D. 1950-53 CSI Andhra Pradesh
V. C. Samuel B.D. 1950-53 MOSC Kerala
Victor Premasagar B.D. 1950-54 CSI Telangana
E. C. John B.D. 1951-54 CSI Kerala
G. B. Devasahayam B.D. 1952-56 CSI Telangana
K. E. Swamidass B.D. 1952-56 CSI Telangana
C. D. Jathanna B.D. 1952-55 CSI Karnataka
Samuel Amirtham B.D. 1953-56 CSI Kerala
Joseph Mar Thoma B.D. 1953-57 MMTSC Kerala
John Philipose B.D. 1955-58 CSI Kerala
K. V. Mathew M.Th. (OT) 1957-58 MMTSC Kerala
Gnana Robinson B.D. 1957-60 CSI Tamil Nadu
M.Th. (OT) 1961-63
D. P. Shettian B.D. 1960-61 CSI Karnataka
G. T. Abraham B.D. 1962-66 CSI Andhra Pradesh
C. L. Furtado B.D. 1962-64 CSI Karnataka
Kallarakkal Abraham George M.Th. (OT) 1963-65 MOSC Kerala
Wesley Ariarajah B.D. 1963-66 CMC Sri Lanka
Mar Aprem Mooken M.Th. 1964-66 ACE Kerala
B. P. Sugandhar B.D. 1964-68 CSI Telangana
Philipose Mar Eusebius B.D. 1964-66 MMTSC Kerala
S. John Theodore B.D. 1966-70 CSI Telangana
M.Th. (OT) 1972-74
H. S. Wilson B.D. 1967-70 CSI Karnataka
Basil Rebera B.D. 1967-71 Laity Sri Lanka
M.Th. (OT) 1971-73
Elizabeth Paul B.D. 1967-74 CSI Tamil Nadu
Timotheas Hembrom B.D. 1968-70 NELC Jharkhand
M.Th. (OT) 1971-73
D. I. Hans B.D. 1968-71 CSI Karnataka
M.Th. 1977-79
P. J. Lawrence B.D. 1968-71 CSI Andhra Pradesh
J. W. Gladstone B.D. 1969-72 CSI Kerala
M.Th. 1972-74
D. W. Jesudoss M.Th. 1970-71 TELC Tamil Nadu
Sydney Salins B.D. 1970-74 CSI Karnataka
M.Th. (NT) 1980-82
D. Dhanaraj B.D. 1970-74 CSI Tamil Nadu
M.Th. (OT) 1976-78
D. S. Satyaranjan M.Th. (NT) 1971-73 IPC Andhra Pradesh
Christopher Asir B.D. 1971-75 CSI Tamil Nadu
Nitoy Achumi M.Th. (OT) 1971-73 NBCC Nagaland
John Sadananda B.D. 1972-74 CSI Karnataka
P. Surya Prakash B.D. 1972-76 CSI Telangana
M.Th. (NT) 1980-82
S. W. Meshack B.D. 1974-78 IELC Tamil Nadu
M.Th. 1980-82
D. N. Premnath B.D. 1973-77 CSI Andhra Pradesh
M. Mani Chacko B.D. 1975-79 CSI Kerala
M.Th. (OT) 1981-83
K. David Udayakumar B.D. 1977-81 SALC Andhra Pradesh
M.Th. (NT) 1982-85
Ravela Joseph M.Th. 1978-80 STBC Andhra Pradesh
Doctoral
studies
1983-84
G. Devakadasham M.Th. 1979-81 CSI Tamil Nadu
G. D. V. Prasad M.Th. (OT) 1979-81 CSI Andhra Pradesh
Roger Gaikwad M.Th. 1981 MCI
PCI
Maharashtra
G. Dyvasirvadam M.Th. 1982-84 CSI Andhra Pradesh
Doctoral
studies
1992
Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar B.D. 1983-87 ALC Tamil Nadu
D.Th. 1992-97
K. Reuben Mark B.D. 1984-88 CSI Telangana
M.Th. 1992-94
Ch. Victor Moses M.Th. (OT) 1986-88 AELC Andhra Pradesh
Annie Watson B.D. 1987-91 CSI Karnataka
B. D. Prasada Rao M.Th. 1987-89 CSI Andhra Pradesh
H. R. Cabral M.Th. 1988-90 CSI Karnataka
D.Th. 1992-97
Jonadob Nathaniel M.Th. (NT) 1988-90 CSI Tamil Nadu
Daniel Sadananda M.Th. (NT) 1988-90 CSI Karnataka
A. C. Solomon Raj B.D. 1988-92 CSI Telangana
M.Th. 1998-01

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Johann Anselm Steiger (Edited), 500 Jahre Theologie in Hamburg: Hamburg als Zentrum christlicher Theologie und Kultur zwischen Tradition und Zukunft, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2005, pp.449, 470, 477.[1]
  2. ^ Vijaya Kumar, Ecumenical Cooperation of the Missions in Karnataka (India), 1834-1989: A Historical Analysis of the Evangelistic Strategy of the Missions, ISPCK, New Delhi, 2005, pp.99-105. [2]
  3. ^ 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. Internet, accessed 30 November 2008. [3]
  4. ^ "UGC Act-1956" (PDF). mhrd.gov.in/. Secretary, University Grants Commission. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  5. ^ The Senate of Serampore College (University) is a University within the meaning of Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act, 1956 under which a 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.
  6. ^ O. V. Jathanna, Principal's Report 2007-2008, Saplings, United Theological College, Benson Town, Bengaluru. p. 2
  7. ^ a b The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad, Volume 133, Missionary herald, 1937, p.315. [4]
  8. ^ Latin Vulgate
  9. ^ College Handbook 2008-2009.
  10. ^ University of Basel. Internet, accessed 16 September 2008
  11. ^ Postgraduate Exchange with UTC, Bengaluru. Divinity School, University of Edinburgh. Internet, accessed 16 September 2008. [5]
  12. ^ a b Publications
  13. ^ Kingsbury, F; Phillips, GE (1921). Hymns of the Tamil Saivite Saints (1921) (PDF). Oxford University Press. p. 132. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Protecting Historic Treasures Accessed September 16, 2008.
  15. ^ UTC Faculty Directory
  16. ^ Malankara Association
  17. ^ To Serve Not to be Served 1910-1985, United Theological College, Bangalore, 1985, p.57. Cited in Merithung Tüngoe, Administrators, Missionaries and a World Turned Upside Down, ETC/ISPCK, Jorhat/New Delhi, 2000, p.78.[6]
  18. ^ Brian Stanley, The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910, William B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, 2009, p.215.[7]
  19. ^ The Expository Times, Volume 32, 1920, p.189. [8]
  20. ^ a b George Oommen, The Radical Founding Vision, 1910-11 in Bangalore Theological Forum Centenary Issue: Journeying with Jesus: The continuing theological legacy of the United Theological College, 1910-2010, Volume XLII, Number 2, July 8, 2010, pp.11-12.
  21. ^ a b Vijaya Kumar, Ecumenical Cooperation of the Missions in Karnataka (India), 1834-1989: A Historical Analysis of the Evangelistic Strategy of the Missions, ISPCK, New Delhi, 2005, p.102. [9]
  22. ^ Henriette Bugge, Mission and Tamil Society: Social and Religious Change in South India (1840-1900), Curzon Press, Richmond, 1994, p.69.[10]
  23. ^ University of Calcutta Calendar 1926, p.483.[11]
  24. ^ Angus Stewart Woodburne, Psychological Tests of Mental Abilities, Superintendent, Government Press, 1924, p.93. [12]
  25. ^ Richmond College, Galle, W. J. T. Small
  26. ^ Minutes of Several Conversations - Yearly Conference of the People Called Methodists, Volume 152, 1895, p.538.[13]
  27. ^ Annual Report - American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Volumes 126-132, 1936, p.13. [14]
  28. ^ O. V. Jathanna, The decisiveness of the Christ-event and the universality of Christianity in a world of religious plurality: with special reference to Hendrik Kraemer and Alfred George Hogg as well as to William Ernest Hocking and Pandipeddi Chenchiah, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, 1981. [15]
  29. ^ National Council of Churches Review, Volume 120, 2000, p.873
  30. ^ Senate of Serampore College (University), List of the Recipient of the Degree of Doctor of Theology. [16]
  31. ^ UTC Bangalore, Latest News

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