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1. The Vision and Mission


The aim of Philosophy Course is to train the future missionary priests in the art of thinking clearly and critically in their search for truth regarding God, oneself, other persons and the world (Veritatis Gaudium 82.1). This envisages a formation integrating the human, spiritual, intellectual and missionary aspects. 
Ruhalaya aims at “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).

 

2. Requirements for Admission to Philosophy


2.1. 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.
2.2. The candidate must have passed Pre-Degree, Plus Two or equivalent examination and minor seminary or pre-philosophical course. 
2.3. Application for admission to Ruhalaya should be submitted in prescribed application form by 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.
2.4. Anyone dismissed from another seminary will not be admitted to Ruhalaya College of Philosophy.

 

3. Programme of Studies


3.1. Ruhalaya College of Philosophy offers first cycle three-year philosophy course equivalent to a Baccalaureate programme spread through six semesters. 
3.2. Along with this BPh programme, the students are allowed to secure regular B.A. Degree from Vikram University, Ujjain, with English Literature as Major, Philosophy as Minor, and Sociology as Elective.
3.3. The courses offered are measured in terms of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. As a rule, students must obtain 180 ECTS credits to fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Philosophy programme. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 12 hours of academic session and equal duration of personal work and preparation for examination. Each credit is given a weightage of 25 marks. 
3.4. The Bachelor of Philosophy programme consists of Obligatory Basic Subjects (OBS) for 124 credits, Supplementary Obligatory Subjects (SOS) for 24 credits and Optional Additional Subjects (OAS) for 32 credits.
3.5. In addition to these, Additional Language Courses and Religious Studies are also arranged for the holistic formation of students.
3.6. As a rule, there are 18-20 weeks in a semester. First Semester is from June 15 to October 15, and Second Semester from November 1 to March 31. Semester break is from October 16 to 31, and Christmas holidays are from December 21 to 27.
3.7. The philosophy curriculum includes courses in the history of philosophy and systematic philosophy both Western and Indian, educational and experimental psychology, social sciences, languages, Sacred Scripture, missiology, spirituality, and liturgy. Book review, seminar, textual studies and research paper are also part of the curriculum. Besides, additional courses, debates and seminars on relevant topics are conducted throughout the year.
3.8. Students are required to submit an undergraduate thesis towards the end of their third year. An undergraduate thesis is a research paper of approximately 20000-25000 words (excluding table of contents, footnote, and bibliography) in which they combine insights from the Bachelor’s classes, their reading and the obtained scientific skills of research. The student selects the theme and the supervisor with the approval of the Director of Studies.
3.9. Students have to appear for a final comprehensive examination which covers all basic subjects taught in history of philosophy and systematic philosophy. The Comprehensive exam consists of two parts: written and viva voce. Duration of the written examination is four hours. Viva voce examination is of 45 minutes before a board of three examiners.

 

4. Subjects and Credits


4.1. The Bachelor of Philosophy programme comprises Lecture Courses, Seminars, and Philosophical Projects. The table given below presents the Courses offered as per three categories of subjects mentioned above (OBS, SOS & OAS): 
4.2. Ruhalaya also arranges the below given Additional Language Courses and Religious Studies during the span of six semesters:

 

5. Attendance of Courses


5.1. Regular attendance of classes, as scheduled in the Seminary Calendar, is obligatory for all the students. The professor, in his evaluation, will take into account the attendance and class performance of the students.
5.2. Dean of Studies may exempt a student from Additional Language  Course(s) based on his/her previous/current university studies and the submission of an equivalent course work is mandatory. 
5.3. If a student, for any reason, misses more than one third of the classes of any prescribed course he/she must compensate for. 

 

6. Examinations


6.1. Examinations (written/ viva voce) will be conducted at the end of each semester for all students and all subjects taught.
6.2. As a rule, subjects having more than four credits are evaluated through written exams. The Dean of Studies may grant exceptions to the above norms on the mode of examinations by the visiting professors. 
6.3. In case of grave necessity a student can get permission from the Director of Studies to postpone or to anticipate an examination.
6.4. A maximum of 30% of the marks allotted for a subject is set apart for internal assessment in the form of test papers or written assignments in the class. 
6.5. 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 for subjects of three or more credits will be three hours.
6.6. 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.
6.7. Minimum pass mark for every subject is 50%. A student has to secure 50% of both the internal assessment (30% marks) and the final examination (70% marks) separately.
6.8. A student who fails to get pass mark in any subject has to repeat the examination. Usually, supplementary examination is conducted within a month but not earlier than one week from the concluding date of the examination. In the event of any student 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 or further decision will be taken in consultation with them. No student who has passed an examination will be permitted to repeat it.
6.9. The statement of marks are issued to the Bishops/Superiors/Rectors in due time.
6.10. The yearly ranks are determined on the basis of the annual aggregate of marks secured in all examinations and assessments held in an academic year.
6.11. The marks of the supplementary examination will not be considered while deciding the rank of a student.
6.12. The final average of philosophy course is calculated based only on the Basic Obligatory Subjects, Supplementary Obligatory Subjects, and Optional Additional Subjects.
6.13. The courses taken from Additional Language Courses & ReligiousStudies (ALR) will be separately added in the mark list as Additional Courses Taken.

 

7. Grading System 


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

50-59% Pass with III class
60-69%
Pass with II class
70-79% Pass with I class
80-89% Pass with Distinction
90-100% High Distinction

 

8. Promotion


At the end of every academic year, Rector with the consent of the Staff Council promotes the well-motivated students who fulfil 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.