First Hindu Studies Certificate Course launched by the OCHS
Tuesday, 6 January 2004
From the Hindustan Times
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) has recently formed a Continuing Education Department (CED) to facilitate excellence in Hindu Studies in the UK and to make a broad based educational approach available to as wide an audience as possible. The OCHS (CED) is offering a certificate course in Hindu studies, with teaching centers in London and Leicester.
OCHS Director Shaunaka Rishi Das says, "British Hinduism in the UK is in a state of evolution and development as a new generation raised in this country reaches adulthood. Through a thorough exploration of the spiritual and religious resources found in Hinduism, this course will be able to play a significant role in the emergence of a vibrant expression of British Hinduism that is both faithful to its traditions and entirely appropriate for the modern lifestyle."
The Certificate in Hindu Studies is the first of three courses, culminating in a BA Degree, being offered by the OCHS, in partnership with the University of Wales, Lampeter. After completion of the Certificate Course the OCHS will offer a second course to enable students to achieve a Diploma and eventually the BA Degree level course.
Shaunaka adds, "This is an important development in the community. It will lead to the community being able to learn how to work together beyond regional, caste and sectarian grounds and represent itself more articulately and accurately to non-Indian audiences."
Anita Roy, London