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Mangalore: KTC Enters into Partnership with Georg-August-University, Germany

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (VA)

Mangalore, Sep 9: A programme was organized to mark Karnataka Theological College’s (KTC) partnership in MA in inter-cultural theology with Georg- August- University, Goettingen, Germany at Sahodaya on Wednesday September 8.

Professor Dr Martin Tamcke, director, department of ecumenical theology, Georg- August-University, Goettingen, Germany inaugurated the programme along with Dr Hannibal Richard Cabral, principal, Karnataka Theological College (KTC), Sydney Salins, registrar, KTC, Dr H M Watson, co-ordinator, MA programme, KTC and Amritraj Khode, president KTC Okkoota.

Professor Tamcke delivered a lecture on the theme ‘Oriental identity and colonial authority: Indian Christian response during the first half of the 18th century’.

Professor Martin Tamcke is the author of numerous books and articles, most recently Religion of Tolstoy: A Spiritual Biography of Leo Tolstoy, Christians in the Islamic World, Christian- Muslim Dialogue in the Middle-Ages, and Protestants in the Orient.

Dr Hannibal Richard Cabral presided. Sydney Salins welcomed the dignitaries and Dr H M Watson proposed the vote of thanks. Former principal of KTC and the former Bishop of KSD pronounced the benediction.

About Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany

Founded in 1737, the Georg-August-University of Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. The University of Göttingen is one of the highest-ranked universities in Germany. It is associated with 45 Nobel laureates, more than any other German university. The University is distinguished by the rich diversity of its subject spectrum particularly in the humanities, its excellent facilities for the pursuit of scientific research, and the outstanding professors. Almost all academic disciplines including medicine are represented in the 13 faculties.

The Faculty of Theology in Göttingen belongs to the most intensive research establishment of its kind in Germany. The Faculty remains bound to the heritage of such leading theologians as, among others, Albrecht Ritschl, Karl Barth, Hermann Gunkel, Julius Wellhausen, Friedrich Gogarten, Emmanuel Hirsch and Rudolf Bultmann. Today, historical and contemporary topics of theology and religious studies are handled in a large inter-disciplinary openness.

About Karnataka Theological College, Balmatta

The Karnataka Theological College was established in 1847 by the Basel Evangelical Missionary Society which was then known as BEM Theological Seminary. Dr Hermann Moegling, a well- known missionary of the Basel Mission was its founder principal. The college was training Pastors for the Protestant churches in Karnataka and Malabar areas. In 1965 BEM Theological Seminary and the Union Kanarese Seminary at Tumkur were merged and the college was renamed as Karnataka Theological College. In 1967 the Karnataka Christian Educational Society was formed with KTC as the nucleus along with another institute, Hebich Technical Training Institute. Several new educational institutions such as Balmatta Institute of Priniting Technology, Balmatta Institute of Commerce, KACES ITI in Stichcraft, KACES
Hostel, and Moegling Institute of German Language were added in the subsequent years.

At present Karnataka Theological College offers residential Bachelor of Divinity degree course and a few non-residential courses such as BCS, Diploma in CS and C Th. The students are basically from the Protestant Churches in Karnataka, and this is the only regional Theological College in Karnataka affiliated to the Serampore College (University) which offers training in Kannada language.

Comments on this article
Abhi Mondal, Kolkata-IndiaFriday, March 25, 2011
I am Pastor of "Bethel New Life Church"-Kolkata.I want a Honarary Master degree as I did B.Th.

Paul Jenkins, Basel/SwitzerlandSunday, September 19, 2010
There is big potential for clarifying the history of relations between faith communities in early modern and modern India by bringing German-language mission archives - Catholic and Protestant - into the mainstream of sources for researching historians. So let's hope this link with Göttingen University will prove to be a way of enabling Indian scholars with competence in key Indian languages like Kannada to team up with European scholars competent in German and English, empowering both sides to go in for critical forward-looking research on grass-roots social history, and the history of practical idealisms of all kinds.

Dr. Sudhama Ananda, Mangalore/New Jersey, United StatesSaturday, September 11, 2010
Congratulations and God's blessings to the Principal Dr. Cabral and the honorable teaching staff of the KTC.
Inter-religious dialogue is the need of the hour. May this new program be used for the glory of God and for the common good of people.
Shalom/Peace!

sagar sundar raj, BangaloreThursday, September 09, 2010
It is a great moment to hear the news. I wish all the best to this partenepshir programme of K T C.

Gladson Jathanna, Mandagadde/Mangalore/GermanyThursday, September 09, 2010
Theology becomes more contextual and meaningful when it's construction is based on inter-cultural encounters and exchanges. Congratulating both KTC and GAU on their venture into this collaborative MA programme I wish all the success and good luck.