Former Salesian College Dimapur Principal Dr. Jose Kuruvachira is the coordinator of the newly launched on-line degree programme in Philosophy from the Philosophy Faculty at Pontifical Salesian University (UPS) Rome.
According to Fr. C. M. Paul, SDB of Kolkata, the first ever one year on-line Master of Philosophy programme in collaboration with Lateran University Rome and Accademia di Scienze Umane e Sociali (ASUS) is based in Rome. The degree programme called ‘Mediazione Culturale e Religiosa’ (Cultural and Religious Mediation), started on March 18 with 25 candidates.
Prof. Gaspare Mura of Lateran University Rome is director of the programme, Prof. and Teresa Doni and Prof Jose Kuruvachira of UPS Rome are the coordinators.
The 60 credit (European Union requirement) course prepare professionals to meet the cultural and religious challenges of today’s globalised society. Several professors of UPS and other Roman Universities and elsewhere are involved in teaching and preparing course material,” said Dr. Kuruvachira.
Though the medium of instruction is Italian, the course would soon be available in other major European languages. The not-for-profit course fees cost about Euro 2,500 (INR 1, 50,000) and is payable in three easy quarterly installments.
Prof. Jose Kuruvachira, SDB, who started teaching philosophy at UPS Rome from October 2010 was promoted to Aggiunto, taking into consideration his various publications and outstanding academic background.
Prof. Kuruvachira is specialized in Philosophy of Religion and History of Religions with emphasis on Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
Author of 14 books, Prof Kuruvachira did his Ph. D in Philosophy from Gregorian University, Rome (2002) and researched over 70 articles on philosophy, religious issues and cultures.
Dr. Kuruvachira contributed as Member of the Philosophy Syllabus Formation Committee for Bachelor of Philosophy of the Nagaland University (2003-2004).
He was Expert Committee Member for Curriculum formation for Bachelor and Master of Philosophy (B.A. & M.A.) of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), 2008 and 2009 respectively.