On my last day in India – nearly two weeks back now – I could visit the United Theological College (UTC) in Bangalore meeting the Principal Vasantha Rao and being part of the ceremony “Turning the Sod” for the new women’s research center. This new project is very much supported by the Baden Church (EKiBa), the Association of Mission Societies Hamburg (EMW) and my own Church.
The starting of this project was long awaited. To get all the necessary permissions took quiet a long time. Now the whole UTC community and the ecumenical partners are happy that the project finally started. Especially the women students at the faculty are looking forward to get some much better living and working conditions on the compound.
A short YouTube film by UTC from the ceremony:
“United Theological College (UTC) is a seminary founded in 1910 situated in the southern city of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka in South India and affiliated to the nation’s first University, the Senate of Serampore College (University) with degree-granting authority validated by a Danish Charter and ratified by the Government of West Bengal.
Since 1976, it has been granted the status of an autonomous college under the University. The college has welcomed world leaders. Mahatma Gandhi visited it in 1927 and declared, To live the gospel is the most effective way…I can say that the life of service and uttermost simplicity is the best preaching. India Post released a centenary commemorative stamp in honor of the United Theological College (UTC) on 8 July 2011.
The UTC has exchange programs with the Theological Faculty of the University of Basel Switzerland and the Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. It has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Edinburgh wherein a post-graduate student can study a semester in Bengaluru.”
(Information taken from Wikipedia); Link to UTC: http://www.utc.edu.in/