EXTERNAL COURSES
In India

On a regular basis, seminaries, colleges and institutions request HMI to provide instruction in Islamic Studies as part of their courses. St. Charles Seminary (Nagpur), Satyodayam (Hyderabad), Kripalaya (Mysore), Ishvani Kendra (Pune), Franciscan Institute of Spirituality (Bangalore), Folklore Resources Research Centre (Kerala), St. Joseph’s Seminary (Mangalore), Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, are some of the institutions that have availed themselves of this opportunity in the recent past.

Overseas

Over the years, HMI has built up strong academic relations with institutions abroad as well. With regular requests being received to offer lectures or conduct introductory or specialised courses in Islamic Studies, Interfaith Relations and other, HMI faculty members have provided instruction on specified topics. These institutions include Crowther Hall – Church Mission Society, Church of Scotland, Luther Seminary, Church of Sweden Mission, Lund University, and Middle Eastern Council of Churches.

HMI, as the only research institution of its kind in Asia, is exploring ways to make its research facilities and faculty expertise more readily available to seminaries and colleges in Asia and Africa. To do so, HMI plans to develop and advertise more extensively additional specialised courses in major religions, Islam, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation that HMI can hold at seminaries, colleges and universities in India and overseas.

Academic Extension Programmes offered for the year 2017

1. Interfaith Action Programmes

1.1 The Summer Course on Islam and Interfaith Relations — a long-standing annual programme of HMI — is an intensive two-week residential course. It provides an in-depth understanding of religion is essential to defining points of similarity and pluralism in society. This course will assist students in establishing a critical and contextualized understandings of religion, introduce different methods for understanding religion and models for religious engagement, and develop their ability to challenge normative assumptions about religion.

The course covers: Interfaith Relation; Islam; Languages (Arabic/ Urdu/ Sanskrit)

• Duration of the course: 1-12 May 2017
• Eligibility: Bachelor degree from any university; Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity and Masters of Theology
• Last date for submission of application form: 10 April 2017
• Medium of instruction is English
• Upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate

1.2 “Spiritual Animation Process for Interfaith Enablers”— is an intensive one-week residential programme. It provides Personal, organizational and social transformation occurs along cultural landscapes where core ideals are contested, provoking acts of power and privilege. To be effective in areas of religious diversity and social change, leaders must have an advanced understanding of their own contexts of power and privilege and how to lead effectively given these dynamics. In this course, you will engage contemporary theories of power and privilege in a postcolonial age, be able to identify multiple dimensions of these phenomena in interpersonal and social contexts, and demonstrate capacities for self-awareness and effective negotiation of power differentials in communal and/or organizational contexts.

The course covers: session on spiritual integration and presentations, group discussions and practical dialogue sessions, Experiencing the religious practices and visits to local religious places

• Duration of the course: 7-11 August 2017
• Eligibility: Community leaders, NGO leaders, Member of Faith Based Organizations
• Last date for submission of application form: 15 July 2017
• Medium of instruction is English
• Upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate

1.3 “Interfaith Awareness Week: Explore – Experience – Evolve”— is an intensive two weeks international programme. It provides Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your context.

The course covers: session on spiritual integration and presentations, group discussions and practical dialogue sessions, Experiencing the religious practices and visits to local religious places

• Duration of the course: 23 – 27 October2017
• Eligibility: Pastors and Theologians across the world
• Last date for submission of application form: 10 April 2017
• Medium of instruction is English
• Upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate

2. Tailor Made Programmes:

HMI organizes tailor made National and International programmes with or without collaboration of partnering organizations or other likeminded organizations/seminaries/universes/colleges/NGOs will be conducted throughout the year, the programmes like:

• Interfaith Exposures to Pastors/Church members/Seminaries/Theologians
• Annual Pastoral Workshop on Religion, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation
• Exposure Programme for Seminary Students
• Research Opportunities on Islam and Muslims
• Dialogue, peace and communal harmony
• Religion and Peace-building
• Translation Project and publication
• Women Empowerment programmes