Chakra Announcements

Bhaktivedanta College Vaishnava Studies programme gains accreditation

by Yadunandana das
Bhaktivedanta College Principal

Posted February 24, 2004

[1. Bhaktivedanta College Students discuss a Srimad-Bhagavatam verse.]

Bhaktivedanta College has formed a partnership with University of Wales Lampeter (UWL), an acknowledged center for Theology and Religious Studies in the UK.

Lampeter is one of the oldest universities in England and Wales, outside of Oxford and Cambridge. Their Department of Theology and Religious Studies has therefore been able to build on a long tradition of Christian theology, while at the same time pioneering new developments in religious studies. Lampeter accredits a number of Christian theological seminaries in the UK through their Open Learning Theology and Religious Studies Programme.

[2. Anuttama das and Communications students hold a kirtan.]

Bhaktivedanta College, inaugurated in Belgium in September 2002, is the first Vaishnava seminary in this programme. At the end of the current academic year, we will offer a Certificate of Vaishnava Studies, accredited by UWL. Graduates will earn 120 academic credits.

I expect that our partnership with UWL will lead to the accreditation of further programmes offered at the College; initially a Diploma in Vaishnava Studies from September 2005. The credits earned by the Certificate and Diploma are equivalent respectively to years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate study.

[3. Krsna Ksetra das discusses the syllabus for a Comparative Religion course.]

Bhaktivedanta College has been offering a one-year Ministerial Programme in Vaishnava Studies, which includes academic, skills, and devotional courses.

The ministerial programme is intended to provide systematic education and training, with special emphasis on personal application, to develop the spiritual and cultural legacy of Srila Prabhupada. This enables devotees to offer more effective service within ISKCON and become qualified to use it in the professional world. The course has been very successful, and the results have exceeded the expectations of both teachers and students.

We are accepting applications for the 2004-05 year until 15 May 2004. Please contact our Secretary, Alakananda dasi prabhu, at for further details. A brief list of available courses is also available for download (Microsoft Word required).

[4. Leadership and Management students share their insights.]

[5. Kadamba Kanana Swami facilitates a class in Faith Development.]