The purpose of training students through theological education here, as elsewhere, is to make them effective ministers. We try to encourage deeper commitment and spiritual growth as we live together as community. Knowledge towards developing mental faculty both theoretically and practically and understanding of the faith towards spiritual growth and maturity are equally important. In many areas both ministers and laity have considerable opportunity of moulding the cultural, political, and economic and religious life of their people. If they are to do so in an enlightened and effective manner they need preparation. For this we have compulsory courses in all the major branches of study together with interdisciplinary courses focusing on major issues in our present situation to make theological teaching relevant to the context. From all these branches Senate examines the required number of papers to ensure that all-India standard is maintained and rest of the papers as prescribed by the Senate are examined by the College. Beyond this the student is free to choose from a wide variety of optional courses.
The academic calendar begins with one month orientation programme officially termed as ‘Summer School’ for the new batch of Bachelor of Divinity (BD) students, followed by the usual academic routine in mid June every year. The academic calendar begins with a retreat for renewal of the faculty and students’ commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The College follows the Semester system for its programmes. The first semester ends in September with a term examination in the first/second week of October. The second semester begins in the third/last week of October and ends in mid April with both the Senate and the College Examinations.
1. Bachelor of Divinity (BD)
The Bachelor of Divinity is a degree programme extending over a period of four years. The graduates holding BA/ BSc/ BCom or higher degrees are eligible to take this course. The BTh graduates of theSeramporeCollegeor of any recognized university are also eligible to take this course.
a) The normal length of the BD Course is four years.
b) The one month orientation programme officially known as ‘Summer School’ will help make up the deficiencies in candidate’s training and introduce him/her to English, the Biblical languages and the branches of theological study.
c) The courses under the BD program are divided into categories. Some courses are compulsory (foundational) and common to all students; these are grouped under one or the other of the 5 clusters or areas of study. Some are integrated/ interdisciplinary courses and a candidate will be expected to pass in at least 6 such courses.
d) A candidate with BA/ BSc/ Bcom. Degree will be required to pass in 52 papers and a thesis (or 2 papers of 4 credit course each in lieu of the thesis) besides passing preliminary Examination in biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek), Scripture Knowledge and English.
e) A candidate with B.Th degree in third class will be required to sit in the 2nd Year B.D (3rd year as per Senate).
f) A candidate who has passed the BTh examination of the Senate of Serampore College in the First/ Second class is eligible for admission to the Third year (fourth year as per Senate Regulation) of the BD programme.
g) A student is required to have 80% attendance in each of the papers, failing which may lead to debarment from examination.
h) A candidate must attend all the Practical Exposure Program and Week End Ministries arranged by the College towards the fulfillment of requirement by the Senate.
i) There is a Scripture Knowledge Test conducted annually for every class separately and required to pass towards the fulfillment of requirement by the College.
2. Diploma in Bible Translation (DipBT): Diploma in Bible Translation is a ‘Diploma’ course offered by the Senate of Serampore College since 2010.SeramporeCollege, Theology Department is the only independent centre where the course can be offered.
This course will enable the student:
(i) To develop the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to ensure good quality translation, which is: clear to the readers, faithful to the original meaning, natural for the receptor audience and acceptable to the people and the church.
(ii) To study the meaning of biblical passages within their original historical and cultural contexts.
(iii) To understand principles of linguistics, translation, interpretation and communication which are essential to Bible translation.
(iv) To undertake processes for ensuring a quality translation.
(v) To apply the principles and methods which have been learnt to the practical task of translation.
(vi) To attain foundation-level qualifications, after which students may progress to intermediate and advanced studies in Bible translation.
The course is an external/distance programme run by experts or qualified tutors, designed for 2 years and can be extended upto 4 years.
Academic year is from January – December and Examinations are held once a year by end of November or first week of December every year. All the examinations are conducted and examined by the Senate of Serampore College.
Post Graduate Courses:
The Post Graduate programmes are jointly run by Serampore College and the Bishop’s College, Kolkata and is organized under the institution known as the ‘North India Institute of Post Graduate Theological Studies’ (NIIPGTS). Registrar, appointed for three years in rotation from each College administers the day to day function of the NIIPGTS under the guidance of the ‘Management Committee’ headed by the Principals of both the Colleges.
1. Master of Theology (M.Th)
The Master of Theology (M.Th) programme as mentioned earlier is a joint programme of theSeramporeCollegeand the Bishop’s College, Kolkata organized under the North India Institute of Post Graduate Theological Studies (NIIPGTS).
The course is a Master Degree course under the Senate of Serampore College. The course is a residential course designed for 2 years and can be extended upto 4 years.
At present the courses are offered in New Testament, Christian Theology and Religions.
2. Doctor of Theology (D.Th)
Same as the Master of Theology (M.Th) course, NIIPGTS also has been selected as one of the centres for the Doctoral Studies since 1999 and got approval of the Senate of Serampore College to offer the Doctoral Programme in the branch of New Testament and Religion.
For further information in regard to the Post Graduate courses, write to:
P.O. Serampore, Hooghly Distrcit,
West Bengal – 712201