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- College and Senate-examined Papers
According to the Senate Syllabus, the College papers are examined by the College whereas the Senate papers are examined by the Senate of Serampore College.
- College Diploma
In conjunction with the Serampore B. D. and M. Th. Courses, the College grants its own Diplomas. The Diplomas of the College will be awarded to students who complete the course of study required for B. D. or M. Th. Degree, plus other extra courses offered by the College. In awarding the Diploma the following factors will be taken into consideration.
- The evidence of commitment to Christ and the sense of call to the ministry of the Church.
- Relationship with other members of the college community, and evidence of both qualities of leadership and ability to work harmoniously with others.
- Obedience to the rules laid down by the College for effective administration, and proper functioning of the life of the College.
- Evidence of loyalty to the College.
- Participation in the social and devotional life of the community.
- The manner of conducting worship and preaching in the chapel.
- Participation in the Practical Work programmes arranged by the College.
- Having completed the stipulated duration of study by passing in at least 75% of the courses.
B.D. Link to M.Th. Degree Course
B.D. students intending to go for M.Th. studies should take note of the following to qualify themselves for a specific branch of study:
- General graduates securing 1st or 2nd class will require 3 papers at B.D. level (B Grade) in the area in which M.Th. is to be studied.
- Th. urgraders will require 2 papers at B.D. level of the area in which M.Th. studies are to be done.
- Those holding B.D. of B- grade overall and the branch need retake 4 papers at B.D. level in the chosen branch of specialization securing an average of 60% and not less then 55% in any paper at one sitting (Qualifying).
- Those securing 60% in the intended branch but only 55% in overall average will write two papers in other branches securing 60% but not less than 55% in any paper in one sitting (Qualifying).
- Break between B.D. & M.Th, studies: One year gap required for any branch in M.Th. other than Christian Ministry which requires two years break (Women exempted).
- No break required for B.Th. upgraders to B.D. to do M.Th. from 2005 onwards.
- Th. in Old Testament requires two Hebrew papers at B.D. level other than the Preliminary Hebrew courses.
- Th. in New Testament requires three Greek papers at B.D. level other than the Preliminary Greek courses; OR two papers + one advanced classical Biblical language in second class grade.
- Th. in Theology requires one course at B.D. level either Greek or Hebrew or Latin or Syriac or Sanskrit beside the Preliminary Hebrew/Greek
- Th. in Religion requires an advanced B.D. level paper in Sanskrit or Pali or Prakrit or Arabic or Cultural Anthropology (for Primal Religion) conducted by the Senate.
Note: In view of the above requirements, students are advised to register papers carefully.
The Master of Theology Degree
Seeing the need for higher theological education in North East India, the Faculty Council and the College Board committed to make the Eastern Theological College as one of the Post-Graduate
Study Centers for North East India. Accordingly, it was decided to introduce the M. Th. Degree course. The primary purpose of the postgraduate programme is to develop human potentials through theological education in order to meet the need of the churches and the people in general. The rapid social change that has been taking place in this region, the increasing number of theological colleges, and the growing churches require qualified persons who are deeply committed to the cause of Christian ministry, academically qualified personnel to teach in the theological colleges and to minister to the churches. The College, therefore, took up the challenge and launched this programme from 1996. Currently, the College offers M.Th. degreed in four branches: New Testament, Christian Theology, History of Christianity and Christian Ministry
In order to meet the pressing demand of higher theological education in the region the college is sincerely working towards introducing Doctor of Theology Programme at ETC, Jorhat. We have formally applied to the Senate and its response is being awaited.
Tribal Study Centre
The need for having a programme of Tribal Studies in the College has been felt for a long time, but the dream was translated into reality only on 9 April 1995 when the Tribal Study Centre was officially inaugurated by the Rev. L. J. Sangma, the then General Secretary of the CBCNEI.
The introduction of Tribal Studies at the College is a decisive move towards a contextual theological education. The churches in North East India have been taught to be self-supporting, self-propagating and self-governing but not self-theologizing. Of course, selftheologizing requires certain level of maturity. The introduction of Tribal Studies is certainly a sign of maturity of Christianity in this region. One of the main concerns of Tribal Studies is to develop relevant contextual Indigenous/Tribal Christian theology for North East region. This new initiative is a process leading towards realization of the vision of Eastern Theological College. Today, Tribal Theology is a fully recognized approved subject (Course) in both the B.D and the Postgraduate levels of the Senate of Serampore College (University). Besides that, the department has engaged in publication of books – literatures relating to sources and resources of doing theology from tribal perspectives. Altogether 21 books have been published and the Journal of Tribal Studies is being published twice a year since 1996. The department is also engaged in conducting seminars/consultations relating to contextual theological issues in Northeast region. It has also established dialogue with Dalit Theology in National level and with Minjung Theology/other Indigenous theologies in Asia and in Third World countries for wider networking.
Greetings from the Women Study Centre (WSC) in the All-Embracing name of our God! It gives me immense pleasure to take this time to give a short report on the Women Study Centre of our college – the Eastern Theological College. God has always been loving, comforting, encouraging, and empowering toward His/Her daughters – the women. All praise and honour to our dynamic and amazing God! Now, allow me to present a brief introductory report about our WSC:
- The Women Study Centre offers a 1 year Certificate course in Christian Studies (CCS) for the wives of married students residing in the campus. Four main course subjects are offered to them:
- Learning English;
- Good Manners and Etiquettes;
- Effective Clergy Wives;
- Introduction to the Bible.
- The WSC organizes its annual seminar in the third week of September. The community of ETC – teachers, students and interested staff members always have a very good time of listening, questioning, debating and learning together.
- The WSC either singly or jointly organizes a seminar with other departments in the college on issues/themes that are very urgent and relevant to our region. We bring together resource persons representing different disciplines and areas of expertise and good number of participants/delegates for such seminars. In the end, we publish the papers of the resource persons after they submit their refined/revised work.
- Every year on the 8th of March, along with the international community, the WSC organizes the International Women’s Day to celebrate womanhood. The celebration is usually divided into two sessions – one in the morning (a solemn devotional service) and the other in the evening (a fun and laughter-filled program for the whole family of ETC).
- Finally, it is also a blessing for the WSC of our college to receive or welcome aspiring researchers and scholars from across the region to come visit our office for resources and meet with us for interactions and interviews.
Dr. Lovely Awomi James
Women Study Centre
Department of Theological Education by Extension
Along with the regular BD and MTh courses, Eastern Theological College also offers the Diploma in Christian Studies (Dip. CS) and Bachelor of Christian Studies (BCS) programmes of the Senate of Serampore College (University) under the aegis of the department of Theological Education by Extension. The main objectives of the Dip. CS and BCS are:
- To provide an opportunity to those who are not able to undergo regular residential theological education to acquire the knowledge of biblical and theological education.
- To provide an opportunity to those who are in the church ministry (with theological education or without) to refresh and enhance their knowledge of the biblical and theological education while continuing in the ministry.
- To create critical consciousness and openness, to analyze cultural, social, economic, political and ecclesiastical values.
- To provide tools for interpreting the Word of God
- To enable God’s people to become effective witnesses in the context of their varied and diversified vocations.
I. Degree of Bachelor of Christian Studies (B.C.S.)
The requirement for admission to BCS is a general graduate degree or Bachelor of Theology or Class X passed with 5 years working experience (acceptable to the Senate) and subject to the passing of Mature Candidate examinations. New Admission Form is submitted to the Senate office on or before 31st October every year and thus processes in the college need to be completed a week ahead of the indicated date.
The Senate of Serampore College provides detailed syllabus for each subject on payment of prescribed fees. Moreover, the college conducts one week CONTACT SEMINAR in an appropriate time during which each subject is properly introduced by respective departmental teachers. The examinations are conducted during October/November every year. Examination Centre can be chosen from any college affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College with prior written permission from the Principal of the chosen college.
Fees: Up to date, each student pays about Rs. 11,000.00 per year, excluding travel expense, lodging and food, and purchase of study materials
II. Diploma in Christian Studies (Dip.C.S.)
The Course duration for Dip.C.S is 2 years and it covers 10 subjects. For admission, a person must be 18 years old and above with 10+2 passed or class X passed with at least 5 years working experience. Mature Candidates should be at least 20 years of age; passed class 8, and has obtained some professional diploma or certificate, and has working experience of at least six years in any form of service acceptable to the Senate of Serampore College (University). They are also required to pass the Entrance Examination. All examinations are conducted at ETC, Jorhat during October and November.
Fees: Up to date, each student pays about Rs. 9,000.00 per year, excluding travel expense, lodging and food, and purchase of study materials.
- Interested candidates may contact the Dean of TEE for further information.
- Application Form can be downloaded from the Senate of Serampore College (University) website-www.senateofseramporecollege.edu.in or from the TEE office ETC to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application form along with the required documents must be submitted to the Dean of TEE on or before 30 September.
Institute of Leadership Enhancement and Ministry Augmentation (ILEMA)
In pursuit of fulfilling Article III.3 of the College Constitution, the department of ILEMA was introduced at ETC from June 2012 and the Board of Trustees resolved and blessed the formation of ILEMA. The College has its own education programme under ILEMA and offers two degrees such as MA in Holistic Child Development and MA in Peace Studies from 2013 and 2014 respectively. The MA Programmes require two year study during which 1 month intensive classes are arranged during May every year.