Monday 22 June 2015

Bishop Dr. Mar Aphrem preaches in the UTC chapel

Bishop Dr. Mar Aphrem of the Assyrian Church of the East (The Chaldean Church) preached in the Tagore Hall for the Sunday evening worship yesterday. He was accompanied by Bishop Awgen Mar Kuriakose. The bishop is an alumnus of UTC who studied here way back in 1966. The worship was a home coming for the bishop.

Bishop Aphrem has published more than 70 books in various languages and he is a scholar in the field of History of Christianity. His series of books on humour in the church are very popular and have been reprinted several times.

Bishop Mar Aphrem preached about the need and importance of ecumenism, knowing and practicing new trends in theology, learning from each other, being sensitive to what God has created and doing our part for creation and the environment as important things we should do. He emphasized on cultural and geographical challenges within Christianity and said we have to overcome them.

The bishop along with Bishop Awgen Kuriakose were honoured by the principal.

Monday 8 June 2015

College reopens

The college reopened after the summer vacation with principal's tea and worship yesterday. The continuing graduate, post graduate and research students along with the new students got together in front of the ERC and later in the Tagore Hall. The new students were introduced along with the faculty members and administrative staff. Deans of graduate and post graduate sections made announcements for the year and the worship theme was also introduced.

In the worship that followed, the principal Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj dwelt on theological education and the need to work in unity for the progress of the college. The Registrar Rev. Lalawmpuia Hauhnar assisted in the worship along with student representatives.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Rev. Dr. Somen Das passes away

Rev. Dr. Somen Das, from the Church of North India, prominent theologian, prolific writer, teacher and ecumenical stalwart, passed away at the age of 75 in Mumbai on May 5, 2015.
After his B.A (Hons.) in English Literature and B.D from Serampore College, Rev. Dr. Somen Das pursued his theological education in USA for his Thm and PhD in Christian Theology and Ethics in Princeton and Boston Universities in 1967 and 1978 respectively. He was an ordained minister of the Church of North India, and taught Christian Theology and Ethics for 34 years in various Theological Seminaries – Serampore College (1969-70), United Theological College, Bangalore (1970-88) and Bishop’s College (1989-99). He served as Acting Principal at UTC, Bangalore (1987-88), Principal of Bishop’s College (1989-99), Visiting Professor at New College, Edinburgh, Scotland; Andover Newton, USA and Heidelberg University, Germany. From 2000 onwards he lived in Serampore and offered his services to Serampore College as well as the North India Institute of Post-Graduate Theology Studies (NIIPGTS). He wrote several books and published numerous articles in leading journals. Rev. Dr. Das also served as chairperson of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) from 1985 – 1989. He contributed greatly as resource person in NCCI programs and his support for the ecumenical movement is well-known.
It is a great loss to the Church, seminaries, the ecumenical movement and to the UTC. The principal, faculty, staff and students of the UTC thank God for His life and contributions. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and several students, colleagues and friends of Dr. Somen Das.

Courtesy Rev. Caesar David, NCCI Communications

Monday 4 May 2015

Remedial English course being held in UTC

The Remedial English programme of the UTC started in UTC on Friday. The programme held under the guidance of the English teacher Ms. Geetha Basappa is an yearly programme for the benefit of candidates who have got admission for graduate and post graduate courses of the UTC. The Remedial English programme helps the students with their spoken and written English and prepares them for the graduate and post graduate courses. The principal, Dr. John Samuel Raj, the Master's dean Dr. David Joy, the graduate dean Dr. Sahayadhas and the PRO, Ms. Sasikala spoke at the inaugural session.

Saturday 2 May 2015

Rev. K.M.David passes away

Rev. K.M. David, a senior priest of the Marthoma Syrian Church and father of Ms. Anshi Zachariah and father in law of Dr. George Zachariah passed away into God's eternal abode yesterday evening. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 3:30 P.M. at the St. Thomas Marthoma Syrian Church, Kalamassery, Kerala.

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Live streaming of the UTC graduation

The live streaming of the UTC graduation dinner and the UTC graduation service will be conducted for the third consecutive year by the department of Communication. People from all over the world have made use of this opportunity to log in and watch the programme in its entirety.

This year the live streaming will be done from 6 PM on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and from 5 PM on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The live stream will be available @

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Letter from the principal

April 07, 2015
All the Members of the UTC Society, Friends and Well-wishers who partner with UTC in the ministry of theological education.
Dear All,
Quite recently it was brought to our notice that some emails and letters (including from those who have served or have been associated with the College and from some senders who claim to be anonymous) with a scanned copy of the communication received by the United Theological College from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India are in circulation. It would be appropriate that I briefly respond to the matter. There was an on-site inspection of UTC’s Accounts and Records by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, on September 15-17, 2014. The administration has fully co-operated with the team of officers representing the Ministry of Home Affairs and made available to them all the documents they have asked for. However, based on their initial observations the department has asked us for further clarifications on investment in certain specified securities (this was done in the year 1995) and the participation of some students in their individual capacity in certain people’s movement. We have responded to these observations and are waiting for the response from the Department. Pending the clearance of these observations our FCRA registration has been put under suspension for the time being. We are taking adequate measures to clarify the points of reference and restore our FCRA registration. We would like to assure all our friends, supporters and partners that we are completely transparent and accountable to all our stake-holders and would continue to be so.

With kind regards,

Rev. Dr. J. R. John Samuel Raj