Philosophy Department

Philosophy Department

The Vision and Mission

    The aim of philosophy course is to train the future missionary priests in the art of thinking clearly, critically in their search for truth regarding God, oneself, other persons and the world. This envisages a formation integrating the human, spiritual, intellectual and missionary aspects.

    The goal of Ruhalaya formation is to offer “a solid grounding on the philosophical heritage that is perennially valid in order to create solid basis for theological studies and to pose the necessary premises for the fruitful encounter between the Church and the world, faith and science, the Christian faith spiritual patrimony and contemporary culture.”(cf. Decree of Erection of Ruhalaya).

    Ruhalaya offers three-year philosophy course leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Ph.). Along with the B.Ph. course students also appear for B.A examination at IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi).

Requirements for Admission to Philosophy

     The Rector admits the eligible candidates, who have qualified themselves in the entrance examination to the first year of philosophy. The entrance exam is conducted for English, Hindi, Spirituality and Missiology.

     The candidate must have passed Pre-Degree, Plus Two or equivalent examination and minor seminary or pre-philosophical course. Application for admission to Ruhalaya should be submitted in prescribed application form on March 25 every year, along with the required certificates and mark sheets of previous studies and a recommendation letter from the concerned Bishop or Superior. Any one dismissed from another seminary will not be admitted to Ruhalaya.

    Ruhalaya admits women religious to regular B. Ph cum B.A. course. Sisters should have completed one year of professed religious life. The minimum academic qualification for admission to B. Ph. is P.D.C./P.U.C./Higher Secondary. There will be an entrance test for English and Hindi for candidates with the minimum qualification. Each student shall pay a fee of Rs 2500/- for the academic year. This sum is to be paid at the beginning of the academic year.


Programme of Studies 

     Ruhalaya offers three year philosophy course. The aim of philosophy course is to train the students in the art of thinking clearly, critically and creatively in the search for truth regarding God, human being and the world.  The process of affiliation to Dharmaram Vidyakshetram (DVK), Bangalore is afoot. Besides this, we also pursue the B. A. programme of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi. 
     The philosophy curriculum includes courses in Western and Indian Philosophy, educational and experimental psychology, social sciences, languages, Sacred Scripture, missiology, spirituality, liturgy and music. Besides these, additional courses and seminars on relevant topics are also conducted. All these demand from the students much personal reading, writing and reflection. The courses and timetable of philosophy are prescribed in the Programme and Calendar of Ruhalaya, published annually.

Attendance of Courses

    Regular attendance of classes, as scheduled in the Seminary Calendar, is obligatory for all the students. The three year philosophy programme consists of 180 credits. A credit is equivalent to 15 hours. The professor, in his evaluation, will take into account the attendance and class performance of the students.

    If a student, for any reason, misses more than one third of the classes of any prescribed course he/she must compensate for the losses as directed by the Dean of studies. If a student loses more than 40% of the classes in a semester, he/she has to repeat the semester.


    Examinations are, as a rule, conducted for every course taught in Ruhalaya at the end of each semester. The mode of examinations for the subjects of one credit (15 hours) may be written or oral. If the examination is oral it may be conducted immediately after the course. The mode of examination for all the subjects with two or more credits will be written. The Dean of Studies may grant exceptions to the above norms on the mode of examinations by the visiting professors. Examination for the courses of the visiting professors may be conducted on completion of the course as arranged by the Dean of Studies. The timetable of the examination will be fixed by the Dean of the faculty in consultation with the Rector. In case of necessity a student can get permission from the Dean of Studies to postpone or to anticipate an examination.

     The duration of the oral examination for subjects of one credit will be 7-10 minutes; and for subjects of two or more credits the duration will be 10-15 minutes. Likewise the duration of the written examination for subjects of one credit will be one hour; two credits will be two hours and three or more credits will be three hours. The examination of a course consisting of one credit will be out of 25 marks; two credits out of 50 marks; three credits out of 75 marks and four credits out of 100 marks.

     Minimum pass mark for every subject is 50%. A teacher shall give 30% of the total marks of a subject for internal assessment by way of test paper, written assignments etc. A student has to secure 50% of both the internal assessment (30% marks) and the final examination (70% marks) separately.

     A student who fails to get pass mark in any subject has to repeat the examination. Only one supplementary examination is conducted, which will take place within a month, but not earlier than one week from the concluding date of the examination. In the event of any students failing for two or more subjects in the supplementary examinations, the matter will be brought to the attention of their Superiors concerned and the student will be asked to repeat the year, further decision will be taken in consultation with them. The marks of the supplementary examination will not be considered for deciding the rank of a student. No student who has passed an examination will be permitted to repeat it.

Academic Grade

     The results of the examinations will be placed in the following categories:

90 to 100%
Pass with Distinction
80 to 89%
First Class
70 to 79%
Second Class
60 to 69%
Third Class
50 to 59%
Minimum Pass Mark 50%



     At the end of every academic year Rector with the consent of the Staff Council promotes the well-motivated students who fulfilled the academic requirements to the next year. Those who are found unworthy of the seminary life and priestly ministry are asked to discontinue at any time of the year.