07062017-JC-01.qxd 6/6/2017 5:07 PM Page 1 c m y b CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 7 JUNE 2017 USHA ALBUQUERQUE In today's multicultural workplace and global economy, basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is crucial. Moreover, given the overall atmosphere of fear, tensions, and religious conflicts, there is an urgent need for a greater understanding of religious perspectives, particularly in a country like India, with its unique multi-faith population, and diverse cultural and social underpinnings. Studying religion involves studying about people and their many perspectives, so there are opportunities in jobs that require relating to others, reaching out to them, making connections, building bridges, or incorporating many perspectives at once. It was a study of religion that inspired many of our modern world leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In fact, Martin Luther King was a graduate of theology, and it was not simply knowledge about the world, but wisdom about right relationships within the world, that propelled leaders like them, to challenge the dominant culture and bring about major social changes that have helped make the world a more just and caring place for everyone. A degree in religious studies can be challenging and meaningful, an opportunity to gain a greater worldview, expand your historical, philosophical, and cultural knowledge base and take you in many unique directions. Leap of faith The study of religions enhances any career path by developing intercultural competence and higher-level thinking skills Work prospects RELIGIOUS STUDIES in Vedic Studies, Development of Jainism & Buddhism, Christianity studies, as well as comparative religion. The degree courses pertaining to the study of specific religions, cover in depth study of the religion, its origin, sources and history. Buddhist studies relate to Buddha, his teachings and principles, in the con- text of their relevance today, Jainism similarly covers the life and teachings of Lord Mahavir and 24 Tirthankas, and similarly for Islam and Christianity. A study of Religion and Comparative Religion Studies provides students with a deeper understanding of global cultures. It is an excellent programme for those who want to expand their historical, philosophical, and cultural knowledge base, as religion is tied to everything around us, and shapes human thought and behaviour. The study of Comparative Religions provides learners with the knowledge of the world’s major religious faiths, and subjects like science, psychology, literature and culture in relationship to various world religions. Students delve into specific religious faiths, including their history and development with a learned understanding of human beliefs and practices. All courses are open to students from any subject. Courses There are several different courses of study at BA and MA level for a study of practically all religions, in addition to courses Islamic Studies University of Madras — BA & MA in Islamic Studies ■ Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad - BA & MA in Islamic Studies ■ Vishwa Bharati University, West Bengal — MA in Comparative Religions ■ University of Mysore MA/ M Phil in Christianity/ Theology ■ University of Madras — MA Comparative Religions & Philosophy with specialisation in Christian Studies Students with a degree in religious studies can, therefore, not only take up work positions which require a knowledge of religion, but also through a deeper understanding of religious and social beliefs impact their work in a whole range of professions, especially where a multicultural dimension exists. ■ SOME CAREERS FOR GRADUATES OF RELIGIOUS ■ Counseling and Social Work & Education ■ Journalism ■ Communications ■ Law ■ Medicine ■ Business (particularly international business) ■ Teaching c m y b Some of the more interesting courses include those at: ■ Nalanda University — MA in Buddhist Studies, Philosphy & Comparative Religion ■ University of Lucknow — PG diploma in Buddhist Studies ■ Panjab University, Chandigarh — PG in Buddhist Studies ■ Banares Hindu University — PG diploma in Indian philosophy & religion ■ Shree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit — MA in Vedic Studies ■ Guru Nank Dev University, Amritsar — MA ■ Punjabi University, Patiala — MA ■ Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh — BA & MA in Islamic Studies ■ Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi — BA & MA in Gathering data, organising it, understanding it, and presenting it are the vital skills in the study of religion. In addition, good interpreters of information are in high demand. For those with a religious bent of mind or an interest in religious studies it is good to know that there are avenues for work. Besides jobs in the Indian Army there are several other avenues of work available to students graduating in this field. So, graduates can move to a diverse range of occupations, particularly in development work, communitybased roles, aspects of welfare, social care and counseling, plus government policymaking and administrative departments. In addition, many commercial organisations welcome them in human resources, or general management roles, as also in the legal profession, broadcasting and journalism, and corporate communications. RELIGIOUS POSTS IN INDIAN ARMY It may surprise many to know that the Indian Army regularly recruits male candidates for the posts of Religious Teachers as Junior Commissioned Officers. Religion plays an important part in our lives and the Army recognising that it provides great strength to soldiers in difficult times, has intelligently incorporated this practice into its services. Each unit has its Mandir, Masjid or Church, and these religious teachers preach religious scriptures to troops and conduct various rituals when required. The duties of the pandits, maulvis, or Christian priests also include attending funerals, reading prayers to the sick in hospitals, visiting soldiers undergoing sentence, giving special religious instructions to the children and enlisted boys besides attending generally to the religious institutions and welfare of the officers, soldiers and their families. They also often serve as psychological counselors for the troops. For those interested in joining in a religious post with the Army, graduation in any discipline from a recognised university is the basic requirement, with an age between 27-34 years . You must be religiously qualified too. For the post of a granthi, you should be proficient in Punjabi. Any person who has been ordained as a Buddhist monk can apply for a monk’s post. You can become a maulvi if you have done your studies in Arabic or Urdu, whereas to become a Christian priest in the Army, you need to be ordained by a bishop. EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS PANDIT Hindu candidates with Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhushan in Hindi or equivalent standard in the regional language concerned. Those who have not done Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhushan in Hindi must have passed BA with Sanskrit / Hindi as one of the elective (Main) subjects. Granthi Sikh Candidates with Vidwan in Punjabi or equivalent standard in the regional language concerned. Those who have not done Vidwan in Punjabi must have passed BA with Punjabi as one of the elective (main) subjects. Maulvi (Shia) for Ladakh Scouts Candidates with Maulvi Alim in Arabic, Adib Alim in Urdu or equivalent standard in the regional language concerned. Those who have not done Maulvi Alim in Arabic or Adib Alim in Urdu must have passed BA with Arabic/Urdu as one of the elective (Main) subjects. Bodh Monk Buddhist (Mahayana) candidates who have been ordained Monk/Budhist Priest, by the Appropriate Authority ( Head Priest of the Monastery) where the person has been initiated into priesthood. For more details check the Indian Army website - www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).