POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Carmelaram Theology College is affiliated to Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law. The requirement for admission to the degree of B.Th. in Carmelaram Theology College is B.Ph. or B.A. in Philosophy or an equivalent diploma in philosophy from any accepted ecclesiastical Institute. Applications must come through the major Superior or guardian on or before 25th May. The Academic year is
inaugurated on the 1st of June and the classes begin the following day. Application forms are available at the office of the Prefect of Studies.
2. Categories of Students
Carmelaram Theology College admits the following categories of students:
a. Degree course students who aspire for B.Th. degree or MA in Theology.
b. Basic course students who do not aspire for B.Th./MA degree but who wish to do the complete course.
c. Non-clerical students who aspire for B.Th./MA degree or aspire to do Basic Course in theology without B.Th.:
For these students, a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject and a Diploma Course in Philosophy (one year course) from a recognized institute and sufficient knowledge in English are necessary.
3. Conferring of Degree
The B.Th. degree is conferred on those who successfully complete the programme of studies for graduation in theology. The attendance of lectures, participation in seminars, passing in examinations and writing of a dissertation (50-80 pages) under the guidance of a moderator are major requirements for all students. All together it is a programme of seven semesters (3 and half years). The classes are scheduled from the beginning of June to the end of March, with 10 days break in the middle October and the end of December. In the 3rd year, the course and final exams will be over by the end of March. The 4th year is dedicated for pastoral courses.
From 2014-2015 onwards there is also the possibility obtaining MA in Theology from the Christ University of Bangalore for students eligible with a degree of BA.
4. Annual Fees
The annual fees in CTC comprises of:
Registration : Rs. 200.00 (First Year)
Tuition & Examination, Handbook etc. : Rs. 5500.00
Library : Rs. 1300.00
Degree Certificate : Rs. 700.00
Fourth Years : Rs. 2000.00
There will be at least 180 working days in an academic year, including study leave and examination days. Students shall be regular at all lectures. The application for leave of absence should be forwarded to the Dean of Studies with the signature of the respective superiors. Students, who have not attended at least two-third of the lecture hours even for valid reasons, are not eligible to appear for the examination.
6. Division of Subjects
Subjects are divided into main and subsidiary as follows:
Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Background to the New Testament, Background to the Old Testament, Pentateuch, Historical Books of the Old Testament, Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Books, Synoptics, Acts of the Apostles, The New Testament Epistles, St. John, Book of Revelation, General Introduction to Theology, Revelation and Faith, Trinity, Christology, Pneumatology, Grace, Theological Anthropology, Ecclesiology, Mariology, Eschatology, Introduction to Liturgy, Sacraments in General, Sacraments of Initiation, Eucharist, Holy Orders, Oriental Theology, Fundamental Morals, Commandments, Sin and Reconciliation (Sacrament of Penance), Sexual Ethics, Sacrament of Matrimony, Bio-Medical Ethics, Justice and other Cardinal Virtues, Theological Virtues, Missiology, Spiritual Theology (3 Parts), Introduction to Canon Law, Canon Law (3 Parts), Patristic Theology, Church History (Ancient, Medieval, Modern & Contemporary), and Indian Church History.
Introduction to Moral Theology, Introduction to Indian Christian Theology, Liturgy of the Hours, Liturgical Year, Oriental Liturgy, Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Counselling, Ecumenism, Theology of Religious Life, Dialogue with Islam, Spiritual Direction, Leadership and Administration, Catechetic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Syriac, Kannada, and Liturgical Music.
- Examinations shall be conducted at the end of each Semester.
- For 30 to 40 hour courses (2 or 3 credits; 15-20 hours = 1 credit) examination will consist of a written test of 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. For 50 to 60 hour courses (4 credits): 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- For the Subjects with less than 30 hours, examination may be either a written test or a viva voce examination of at least 10 minutes.
- Internal Assessment in the form of Assignment is obligatory for courses with 30 hours (2 credits) and above.
8. Comprehensive Examination
For the candidates for B.Th. degree as well for the basic theology course students, there is a comprehensive examination at the completion of the theology course. This examination comprises of both a written test of three hours and a viva voce test for one hour conducted by a special panel of examiners, each examiner questioning the examinee for a quarter of an hour.
Pass mark in all the subjects during the theology course is a necessary requirement for eligibility to appear for the comprehensive examination.
A half an hour comprehensive viva voce examination in moral theology (Ad audiendas) will be conducted for all the degree as well as for the basic course students.
9. Grading System
Pass Mark : 40-49
Second Class : 50-59
First Class : 60-69
(From 2014-2015) : 60-74
Distinction : 75-100
The grade of B.Th. will be determined by calculating the marks according to the followingproportion:
Major Subjects : 35%
Minor Subjects : 15%
Comprehensive Viva voce exam : 15%
Comprehensive Written exam : 15%
Dissertation : 20%
10. Repetition of Examinations
- For the main subjects, repetition of examination is allowed only once. For further repetitions,permission of the Academic Council is required.
- A student who does not obtain pass mark in any major subject in a year even after repetitionsshould discontinue his/her studies at CTC.
- A candidate for B.Th degree who fails in two or more main subjects in the same academic yearshall forfeit his/her right to aspire for B.Th. degree. He/she may, however, continue the studies asa basic course student.
- In case a student of B.Th. does not score a cumulative average of 55% of total marks in theexaminations of the whole academic programme of B.Th. (seven semesters) shall forfeit his/herright to obtain the degree of B.Th.
- Repetition of any examination is to be done before the end of the following semester.
11. Pastoral Formation
Besides the academic lectures on pastoral subjects the students are given some orientationlectures on the practical guidelines in pastoral involvement. Throughout the year they are giventhe possibility of getting into contact with the local people involving in the educational formationof children and pastoral care of youth and families.