Programme Director: Dr. Mathew Attumkal, CMI
The two-year (four semesters) Licentiate in Philosophy, offered at the Faculty of Philosophy, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, provides a comprehensive and contemporary synthesis of various philosophical disciplines, and a unique opportunity to specialize in a particular area of philosophy.
The objectives of the Licentiate in Philosophy are to train the students in scientific research and to prepare them to teach philosophy in centres of higher education (including seminaries), and also to perform functions that demand higher philosophical competence. The Licentiate in Philosophy consists, therefore, of lectures, tutorial courses, seminars, written assignments, practical exercises and a scientifically prepared thesis. It offers the students ample opportunities for personal study and research under the guidance of competent teachers, and for writing and presenting the fruits of philosophical research. The Licentiate in Philosophy that is granted at the end of the successful completion of this programme qualifies the student for admission to a Doctorate in Philosophy in all Ecclesiastical Faculties in Philosophy all over the world; it is also recognized by universities abroad.
Areas of Specialization
The Licentiate in Philosophy consists of the following components:
Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPS) and LPh Programme Director
Requirements for Admission
Licentiate Programme in Philosophy is open to candidates who have secured a high second class in the BPh degree of this faculty, or a BA in Philosophyfrom other Faculties or Institutes recognized by the Athenaeum. A graduate with a second class in any subject who has creditably passed the Diploma in Philosophy of this faculty is also eligible to apply for Licentiate Programme in Philosophy. Those who hold BTh degree from any theological faculty in India or abroad, which presupposes regular philosophical training according to the seminary system, is also considered eligible provided they pass an entrance test. Students with a two year Diploma in Philosophy from an ecclesiastical institute may be admitted to a Pre-Licentiate programme of one year and at the successful completion of the programme may be admitted to LPh Programme.
Registration: Registration for the Licentiate Programme in Philosophy can be done at the beginning of any semester, June or November.
Two tutorials, preferably from the area of specialization, should be done in the first two semesters. A student may, however, take only one tutorial course in an academic year with any particular professor and is to be completed within the same academic year. The choice of the professor and theme for tutorial are to be approved by the Programme Director.
The primary aim of tutorials is academic formation. Emphasis is laid on personal work, originality and the ability to grasp and communicate ideas. The tutorials are to be conducted as follows: The students shall select the tutor, and the theme of the tutorial with the approval of the tutor. Reading assignments are given by the tutorin advance to the student, and in due course, meetings are held between the student and the tutor for which written papers may also be assigned. Three sessions of 30-minutes are required for each tutorial course. The result of the evaluation is submitted by the Director to the Controller of Examinations.
The seminars should be all in common for which inter-departmental themes are assigned. It shall be the forum for the licentiate students to come together for exchange of ideas and discussion on relevant philosophical and related topics.
When assessing the seminars, the following points will be taken into account: (i) attendance, (ii) written paper with its methodological completion and thematic originality, (iii) presentation in the group, and (iv) overall participation.
The student has to write a Research Paper, in the area of specialization, at the end of the second semester. The Research Paper is intended to help the students to acquaint themselves with their area of specialisation and scientific methodology of academic research. The student selects the theme and the director of the Research Paper, from among the faculty members, with the approval of the Programme Director. The Research Paper has to be registered at the DVK office in the beginning of the second semester.
The duration of four semesters (two years) required for Licentiate Programme shall be strictly followed and an extension shall be granted by the Dean in consultation with the BPS only in legitimate cases. In case of extension, the student is required to make the full payment of fees for the extended academic year.