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

Monday 9 March 2015

Thanks giving service for Rev. Dr. James Massey and Prof. Dr. Ninan Koshy

The United Theological College, Bangalore and the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College will be conducting a thanksgiving service to celebrate the life and witness of the Late Rev. Dr. James Massey and Late Prof. Dr. Ninan Koshy on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4 P.M. at the Ziegenbalg chapel in the UTC.

The President of the Senate of Serampore Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mor Philaxenos, the former director of the SATHRI, Rev. Dr. K.C. Abraham, Professor of Old Testament in the UTC, Rev. Dr. K. Jesurathnam and Professor in the Department of Mission and Ecumenics, Rev. Dr. Gudrun Loewner will offer tributes.

All friends, partners, pastors, church leaders, lay representatives, alumni and well wishers are welcome to this solemn service to celebrate the life and contribution of two well known and respected figures in the field of theology, church and society.

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Book launch tomorrow

The book launch and inaugural sale of the book "Borders and Margins. Re-Visioning Ministry and Mission", edited by Rev. Dr. Dexter Maben will be held tomorrow at 9 A.M. at the Ziegenbalg chapel in the UTC. The book is jointly published by the Publication Committee of the UTC and the Christhava Sahitya Samithi, Thiruvalla.

Those present will include the students and staff of UTC, Fr. Dr. Joseph Benedict Mathias, S.J., Rector of the St.Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore, Ms. Corine Kumar, Vimochana, Bangalore, Prof. D. Kiran Jeevan, Head of the Department of Social Work, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj, principal of the UTC, Rev. Dr. Sahayadhas, Rev. Dr. Dexter Maben, editor of the book and contributors and language editors. The book will be available till March 11, 2015 for an inaugural price of Rs 350.