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.
We equip students with methodological tools to understand how religious beliefs influence ethics, art and literature, and define identities, both historically and in the present context. Students also 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, to appreciate literary quality, to critically analyse and 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.