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Post Graduate Diploma in Theology

Programme Highlights
  • Eligibility: Graduate or Post Graduate with atleast 55% marks (Co-ed)
  • Medium of Instruction: English
  • Tutorial Classes: Saturday and Sunday
  • Duration: 1 year (2 semesters, Semester 1 starts in July)
  • Programme Fee: Rs. 3600 per semester (inclusive of study material)
Career Options
  • Theologian
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Charity Work (working with NGO's)
  • Social Work (working with Development Organization)
  • Law
  • International Relations
  • Administrative positions e.g. in the area of Adult Education, Religious Studies, Youth Affairs


The PGDT programme is being offered in the DEI Campus and in 18 Study centres of DEI in the distance mode.

In the conventional mode, a candidate successfully completing the PGDT programme will be able to comprehend the general methodologies of study of religion, in the traditional and modern context besides gaining a historical perspective of religion as a spiritual phenomenon in general, as also of individual religions in particular. The relation between science and religion obtained in different cultures is explained in this course and the ideal situation in which they both help the development of human civilization is traced. An effort is also made to define what is meant by the scientific study of religion by adopting a holistic and systems approach. In the last unit, the relation between ethics and religion is set forth and it is shown how ethics based on religion is far more relevant to modern man, than rationalist ethics.

It is shown that religion correlates with the spiritual dimensions of man and that the true seeker of truth is the most eligible student for the study of religion. Some basic concepts of division of human personality into body, mind and spirit, the necessity of development of our spiritual faculty and the raising of our spiritual consciousness to the highest level, are also explained.

The Theology programmes offered by the Dayalbagh Educational Institute aim at providing a deep study of the Methodology of Science of Religion, World Religions, Religion of Saints, Unity of Religions and Spiritual Consciousness. Besides instruction, the programmes lay a strong emphasis on the elements of research and, through expert supervision, provide the means for students to present their own research conclusions.

Beginning academic session 2008-2009, the PGDT programme was offered in the Distance Mode or Home Based Instruction Mode. In this mode students access pre-recorded lectures of their courses at their place of convenience (home or otherwise) through a secure web-site. Examinations, however, are conducted at the Local Distance Education Study Centre as per the DEI academic schedule. Students also have access to a course Web site which provides them with all the course resources, e.g., detailed course notes, and other details in a downloadable format. For students enrolling for programmes in this mode, it is mandatory that they have access to broadband Internet in order to be able to access Web content and stream video. Videos will not be available for download or recording.

The postgraduate Diploma in Theology programme (PGDT) is of two semester duration.  After the completion of the firstsemester the student should be able to:

º  Understand the General Methodology to study Religion

º  Have a historical perspective

º  Know the fundamental teachings of World Religions

º  Appreciate the religious basis of ethical conduct

º  Grasp the relation between science and religion, and

º  Respond as to what is the Scientific Study of Religion

After the completion of the second semester the student should be able to:

º  Have a deeper understanding of religion

º  Understand the relation between religion and society

º  Know the real meanings of mythologies and symbolism

º  Appreciate the importance of religious experience and attaining higher levels of religious consciousness

º  Adopt the methods suggested in the religions under the guidance of adepts

º  Comprehend the importance of religion for the uplift of an individual and humanity at large in which the future of Man lies as per the teachings of Religions.

 PG Diploma in Theology Programme


Paper Code

Paper Title



THD 101

Methodology of Science of Religion


THD 102

World Religions – I


THD 103

Religion of Saints - I


THD 104

Project – I



THD 201

Study of Religion


THD 202

World Religions – II


THD 203

Sant Mat: Religion of Saints - II


THD 204

Project – II







*One credit is equivalent to 30 hours of study, project work, or practical work per semester, which includes attending the academic counselling sessions, studying the lesson notes with comprehension, going through other course related documents, working on class and home assignments, self-learning etc. Thus a 4 credit course will mean a minimum of 120 hours of work time per semester.

A project of a total of 14 credits will have to be completed as a part of the course requirements. This will involve independent study and preparation of a report on a topic chosen in consultation with a local mentor.

Evaluation process:

  Semester Component

Quiz Test



Best 3

Class Test



Best 2

Seminar &Group Discussion












Total Internal Theory




External Theory








Synopsis/ Dissertation




Break up




Mentor awarded




Write up, Presentation, Viva








Marks awarded by Course Coordinator at DEI




External Evaluation/ Examiner