Certificate in Comparative Study of World Religions and SpiritualitySomaiya Vidyavihar
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Certificate in Comparative Study of World Religions and Spirituality
The college offer number of courses, one of the course is Certificate in Comparative Study of World Religions and Spirituality.
K. J. Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham was established on 20th October 1989 by Padmabhushan Late K. J. Somaiya, a humanist and a philanthropist with great foresight and vision. Presently Dr. Shantilal K. Somaiya is the Chairman of K. J. Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham. The institute is a part of Somaiya Vidyavihar, an educational society which has established institutions of higher learning..The Peetham has many activities; the prominent among them is organizing seminars at National and Inter-national level. The Hindu-Christian Inter-religious Dialogue is a salient feature of the Peetham. The Peetham believes in the true spirit of tolerance & reverence for all faiths. The scholars from the Church regularly deliver lectures on Christianity as a part of the course in Comparative Religion and the faculty members of the Peetham participate in seminars and inculturation programmes arranged by the Church. The Peetham has been working as a nerve centre of the Hindu-Christian Dialogue in India. The honest and earnest attempts of the Peetham to establish an open platform for Hindu-Christian Interfaith Dialogue have been appreciated by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Vatican. The institute has organized eleven International seminars for Inter-religious Dialogue between Hinduism and Christianity ; three of these seminars were held in Rome, Italy in 1998, 2002 and 2004 . The participants were blessed by H. H. Pope John Paul II in the private audience in Vatican. Dr. Shantilal K. Somaiya, Chairman and Dr. Kala Acharya, Director of the Peetham were specially invited to represent Hinduism in the Pontification ceremony of H. H. Pope Benedict XVI at Vatican. They were the privileged members of the first Inter-religious private audience of the Holy Father at Vatican in 2005. Dr Shantilal K. Somaiya and Dr Kala Acharya represent Hinduism in the International Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions organized by the Hon. N. A. Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan that is held once in three years.