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Theology Department

Norms of Studies

The second stage of studies in Ruhalaya comprises of three years of theology as required for the Baccalaureate in Theology (B. Th.) followed by the ministerial year in preparation for priestly ordination. Ruhalaya College of Theology is affiliated to Paurastyavidyapitam, Vadavathoor, Kottayam, Kerala, India.


Requirements for Admission to Theology

Application for admission to theology should be made in the prescribed form and should reach the Rector before March 25 every year with a) the recommendation of the Bishop or Superior b) a certificate of successful completion of canonical requirements of Philosopphy course, along with the final mark sheets c) the report from the seminary where he studied previously. The candidate should have graduated in any discipline besides the completion of an approved philosophy course of any ecclesiastical faculty or seminary. A student who had his previous studies in any other institute has to present documents of his graduation and seminary course. Ruhalaya admits women religious to the four-year Theology course. Sisters should have completed one year of professed religious life. For admission to theology the applicant shall have the degree of B. Ph. or shall have completed at least a Diploma course in Philosophy. Each student shall pay a fee of ₹ 5000/- for the academic year. This sum is to be paid at the beginning of the academic year.


Programme of Studies

Theology course consists of 184 credits (168.5 credits for regular courses and 15.5 credits for Obligatory requirements and Electives, in three years or 6 semesters. Article 24 of the Instruction on the Affiliation of Institutes of Higher studies call it “three years of basic-level theology.” The fourth year theology is called “Pastoral year” or “Ministerial year.” At the completion of the courses of the Ministerial year, the Institute gives the students a Diploma. One credit comprises 12 hours of lectures and 13 hours of personal work and preparation for examination. Each credit is given 25 marks. Introductory courses are conducted in the first year. The second and third year courses are mostly combined on an alternating cycle.

Theology Programme integrates five types of courses: (1) basic courses which all the students must do; (2) elective courses from which every student chooses two courses, one each in the second and third year; (3) six seminars in three years, of which the first four are obligatory and the other two allow choice of topics and professors; (4) extension programme(a) intensive communication course in June at the end of the first year, (b) field placement programme during the second summer holidays, and (c) one month action-reflection programme during the third year; (5) an intensive special course in the first week of November for all the theologians.

Each student should submit by the middle of the sixth semester, a short thesis of 50 pages, topic of which is to be fixed at the beginning of the fourth semester. Other courses to develop the talents and skills of the students are also offered. The following is a detailed table of the Programme of studies of Ruhalaya College of Theology.

Ruhalaya College of Theology provides courses leading to degree of Bachelor of Theology followed by ministerial year courses in preparation for priesthood. The Plan of studies has been made in compliance with the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium on Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (VG Art. 81-83; 69-76 and VG norms Art. 30-34).

The programme of studies in the Institute is designed for systematic study of Catholic doctrine which rests upon the written Word of God together with living Tradition as its perpetual foundation (VG 70,1-2) It also aims at seeking solutions to human problems in the light of that same revelation (VG 69) and in dialogue with the human sciences.

It has the special duty to take care of the scientific theological formation of those preparing for the priesthood and those who are preparing to hold some particular Ecclesiastical office (VG 76,1). In imparting and imbuing the Catholic doctrine, fidelity to the Magisterium of th Church as well as to the received patrimony of the Church are emphasized (VG 73)

The individual theological disciplines are “taught in such a way that … a profound understanding of the mystery of Christ” is made and it is “announced with greater effectiveness to the People of God and to all nations” (VG 70,2, Vg Norms 53).

Being a theologate in the mission and forming missionary personnel, care is taken in the exposition of the Revealed truth should be such that “without any change of the truth, there is an adaptation to the nature and character of every culture, taking special account of the positive values in the various cultures, philosophies and the wisdom of various peoples. However, all syncretism and every kind of false particularism as well as “systems and methods incompatible with the Christian faith must not be accepted” (VG 71,1,2). Ecumenical questions, relationship with non-Christian religions (VG 72,2) and problems arising from atheism and other currents of contemporary culture are to be scrupulously studied (VG 72,3) according to the norms set by competent Church authorities (VG 72,1). The teaching Staff ought to pay singular attention in their lectures and investigations to the theological issues in relation to: a) The missionary ad gentes endeavours of the Church, b) the life and doctrine of the Christians not in communion with the Holy See, c) other religions and cultures of India, f) contemporary challenges that arise from media and atheism.


Methods of theological Studies

Bachelor’s Degree in Theology


The programme of studies is intended to acquaint the students with all the Catholic doctrines and initiate them into the methods of scientific research. To obtain the Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, every student is to complete successfully all the principal and auxiliary disciplines and examinations to the value of the credits assigned. The “five year basic cycle” (VG 76,2) “ends with the academic degree of Baccalaureate or some other suitable degree as the Statutes of the Faculty determine” (VG 74, a). In addition to the five-year basic cycle, special courses may be offered in the ministerial/pastoral year, at the end of which a “Diploma may be conferred” (VG 75, 2).





The syllabus of the Ruhalaya Institute of Theology, Ujjain has been revised according to the directives of Veritatis Gaudium. It follows European Credit System (ECTS) in which one credit amounts to 12 hours of lectures and 13 hours of personal work and preparation for examination. The curriculum has breadth and balance. The students ought to complete 184 credits in six semesters (3 years), under 12 major titles: Sacred Scripture, Fundamental Theology, Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, Canon Law, Liturgy, Church History, Patrology, Missiology, Auxiliary Disciplines, Pastoral Theology & Archaeology and Obligatory Requirements. The classification of subjects and allocation of credits according to the new syllabus are given below under three headings:

1) Table of Courses: Discipline-wise, Credits and Total Credits

2) Table of Courses: Year-wise, Teachers and Credits

3) Course Abstracts.




These are the courses foreseen for the ministerial year in the coming years. Other relevant courses might also be added according to the need of the time.

1. Pastoral Psychology

2. Archives and Documentation

3. Priestly and Missionary Spirituality

4. Basic Accounting Skills

5. Introduction to the Civil Law

6. Parish Registers

7. Introduction to Latin Liturgy

8. Introduction to Malankara Liturgy

9. Youth Animation

10. Iconography

11. Administration of Sacraments

12. Media and Communication

13. Film Criticism from a Pastoral Perspective

14. Basic Construction Skills and School Administration

15. Hospital Administration

16. Modern Sects and Denominations

17. Basics of Electricity and Plumbing

18. Human Resource Management

19. Social Ministry

20. Food, Health, and Medicine


Attendance of Courses


Regular attendance of classes, as scheduled in the Seminary Calendar, is obligatory for all the students. If a student, for any reason, misses 25% and above of the classes of any course, he/she must compensate for the loss of the classes as directed by the Director of the Institute. If a student, for any reason, misses all the classes of a course, he/she must repeat that course. A tabulated report, indicating the percentage of class absence, will be sent to the Bishop/Major Superior by the Director of the Institute along with the Academic Results.

For all prescribed subjects, there may be other requirements like assignment, term paper, class presentation and research work. There shall not be more than one such work for a subject. The professor, in his evaluation, will also take into account the attendance and class performance of the students.




Examinations are, as a rule, conducted for every course at the end of each semester. They may be oral, written, assignments or a combination of them. Examinations for the one-credit courses of the visiting professors may be conducted on completion of the course, especially if it is oral. The mode of examination for all the subjects with two or more credits will be written. The Director of the Institute may grant exception to the above norm on the mode of examination, of two or more credits course taught by the visiting professors. The timetable of the examination will be fixed by the Director of the Institute in consultation with the Rector. In the sixth semester there will be a comprehensive Viva Voce, Ad Auditus and a written examinations on the themes given.


A student who fails to obtain the pass mark in any subject has to repeat the examination. Normally 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. The marks of the supplementary examination will not be considered for deciding the rank of a student. No student who passed with a low mark will be permitted to repeat the examination. In case any student fails in the supplementary examination, the matter will be immediately reported to the Bishop/Major Superior by the Director of the Institute. If the Bishop/Major Superior allows to go ahead, the student will be permitted to go for another examination only after having submitted a scientific paper on the subject as directed by the Director of the Institute in consultation with the teacher.


Academic Grade




Summa cum Laude

90 to 100%

High First Class


Magna cum Laude

80 to 89%

First Class


Cum Laude

70 to 79%

Second Class


Bene Probatus

60 to 69%

Third Class



50 to 59%

Pass Mark






B. Th. Degree


Ruhalaya Institute of Theology, affiliated to Paurastya Vidyāpītham, Kottayam, awards B.Th. degree to those students who obtain at least 65% in the final grade. In the calculation of the final grade of a student, 70% is allotted to the aggregate of the marks of the three-year theology courses, 10% is allotted to the marks of the dissertation (6 Credits) and 20% is allotted to the marks of comprehensive examinations: written (four credits), Viva Voce (6 credits) and Ad Auditus (2 credits).

The following students are not eligible for B.Th. Degree: (1) those who fail in the Comprehensive Examinations (written or oral), (2) those who fail in more than two subjects in any academic year (during the three-year Theology Programme), and (3) those who fail in any supplementary examination.


Time Duration for the Examinations


For all one credit courses the written examination will be for 1 hour.  The courses with 2 to 4 credits will have the written examination for 2 hours and the courses with 5 credits and above will have 2.30 hours.  The comprehensive written examination will be of 3 hours.


Criteria for the Evaluation of Written Dissertation of B.Th.


Content: 50%, Methodology: 30%, Presentation of the Text: 20%

Students may not take the same subject of their seminars for dissertation, making use of the seminar as a part of their dissertation.


Promotion and Sacred Orders


At the end of every academic year, the Rector with the consent of the Staff Council promotes the well-motivated students who have fulfilled the academic and other requirements to the next year and recommends the brothers for the Sacred Orders of Karoyusa, Heupadiaknusa and M’Samsanusa at the end of first, second and third year respectively. Priestly Ordination is at the end of the fourth year. Those who are found unworthy of the seminary life and priestly ministry are asked to discontinue at any time of the year.