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About

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies brings together three institutions that have an established presence in the field of religion, culture and philosophy: the Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham, the Centre for Buddhist Studies and the Centre for Studies in Jainism. Together, we bring an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of Indian religious and philosophical traditions, through programmes that range from academically rigorous Doctoral and Master’s degrees, to certificate courses that engage with the interests of the larger community.

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A legacy of 60+ years in the field
of Higher Education

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First private university in Mumbai vide
the Maharashtra Self - Financed Universities

Why Dharma Studies ?

We equip students with methodological tools to understand how religious beliefs influence ethics, art and literature, and define identities, in the historical as well as the present context. Students investigate how social, political and economic forces have shaped religion and continue to do so. The study of ancient languages is emphasised, as students read original texts to draw out wisdom, appreciate literary quality, critically analyse an to reflect on the relevance today..

While students are not required to hold any religious belief, opportunities are created for experiential learning of contemplative practices. An active forum of interfaith dialogue brings together practitioners of diverse traditions and community outreach adds an important dimension to the academic curriculum.

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Outreach

In January 2016, we inaugurated Jetavan, an outreach project lcated in Vari Gaon, Ahmednagar district. Built in collaboration with Ven. Dhammadipa, a Czech monk ordained in the Theravada and Chinese Buddhist traditions, the project aims to engage with the community in provising avenues for spiritual practice and physical wellness. In addition, a workshop area is included, for livelihood support activities.

Just Published

Hindu-Christian Dictionary

The 'Hindu-Christian Dictionary: Essential Terms for Inter-religious Dialogue' is an attempt to throw light on select major concepts in Hinduism and Christianity.   It provides a fairly comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the basic tenets of Hinduism and Christianity as a handy reference work for Hindu-Christian dialogue.

Achievement

Mr. Vishnu Jaiswal, an alumnus of Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham, and presently a member of Visiting Faculty, conducted a Yoga Webinar on 'Pancha Kosha in relevance to Covid-19' on request of Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Bali, Indonesia.

Library

The library is the heart of our institution and with over 30,000 books, is an important resource that supports the learning and research needs of our students.