Institute of Indian Culture

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Official name Institute of Indian Culture.
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Dr. Fr. Joseph Mundananikkal SVD.
Legal holder of the institute Society of the Divine Word, India Mumbai Province.
Sponsor of the institute Society of the Divine Word, India Mumbai Province.
Year of foundation 1950
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 13
Staff members of your institute Dr. (Fr.). Joseph Mundananikkal SVD (Director), Dr. (Fr.). S.M. Michael SVD (Programme Coordinator), Dr. (Fr.) Augustine Kanjamala SVD (PhD Supervisor), Fr. Joyson Kurian SVD (Treasurer), Dr. Leela D’Souza (MA Supervisor), Dr. Myrtle Barse (PhD Supervisor). Except the last two (lay people) all the others are religious priests belonging to the Society of the Divine Word India Mumbai Province.
Contact Mahakali Caves Road,

Andheri East,

Mumbai 400093

India

Phone: 0091-22-28368038

iicbombay@gmail.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Institute of Indian Culture.

Director of the institute

Dr. Fr. Joseph Mundananikkal SVD.

Legal holder of the institute

Society of the Divine Word, India Mumbai Province.

Society of the Divine Word, India Mumbai Province.

Vision / mission statement

Vision: Inspired by the Spirit of God, towards promoting a just and humane society.

Mission: We commit ourselves to generate and share reliable and researched data on Indian culture, society and religion. We do this by research and publication, animation programmes, lectures, engaging in dialogue and collaborating with other institutes who share the same vision as ours.

Main areas of work

Conducting research work in the areas of culture, society and religion, focussing on current research thrusts in the fields of Anthropology and Sociology, with special emphasis on marginalised communities. We seek to contribute toward and strengthen den multi-religious fabric of the Indian Nation.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Research students, members of the general public, activists and academicians who come to our place as resource persons and as active participants of our seminars, workshops and research projects. Most of the participants of our work are lay people, most often non-Christians.

Year of foundation

1950.

Organisational structure of the institute

Director is the overall in charge of the institute. There is a programme co-ordinator who is instrumental in running the programmes. The treasurer deals with the financial matters. The members of the faculty, all of whom are in honorary positions, assist us by being supervisors for the Masters and Doctoral students.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

Employees: six, honorary faculty members: three, Members of the administrative staff (four, all members of the Indian Mumbai province of the Society of the Devine Word).

Staff members of your institute[2]

Dr. (Fr.). Joseph Mundananikkal SVD (Director), Dr. (Fr.). S.M. Michael SVD (Programme Coordinator), Dr. (Fr.) Augustine Kanjamala SVD (PhD Supervisor), Fr. Joyson Kurian SVD (Treasurer), Dr. Leela D’Souza (MA Supervisor), Dr. Myrtle Barse (PhD Supervisor). Except the last two (lay people) all the others are religious priests belonging to the Society of the Divine Word India Mumbai Province.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Dr. Joseph Mundananikkal (PhD), Dr. S.M. Michael (PhD), Dr. Augustine Kanjamala (PhD), Fr. Joyson Kurian (MA), Dr. Leela D’Souza (PhD), Dr. Myrtle Barse (PhD).

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

We are at the service of the mission mandate of the Church to engage in the secular academic world to register the voice and option of the Catholic Church.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Research into the dynamics that beget marginalization in different communities in India and to counter the tendencies of monolithic cultural nationalism.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

See above.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Students can register at the Institute for Master in arts degree y research or PhD Institute of Indian Culture is a post graduate research centre in sociology and anthropology recognized by the University of Mumbai. We also have a library with above 41000 books which is open to the general public as a reference library. Students can also avail of the facilities in the library to sit and do serious studies.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Dr. S.M. Michael the programme coordinator regularly conducts a Basic Course in Inter-religious dialogue for the Catholics of the archdiocese of Mumbai. The course consists of six weekend sessions and every year around 30 people register for it and take pat in in.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

The basic course in inter-religious dialogue enriches the life of the Christians to witness more powerfully to Christ among the non-Christians.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God who actively involves himself in the human affairs and the spirit of God who enables us to bring about greater understanding among peoples and communities.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

The Christian spirituality of reconciliation is what inspires us to action.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

We use the time tested methods in the social sciences, like survey method to get insights into social realities. These directly have a bearing on our findings and results.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

Being proactive in writing and publications as well as activism to resist the growth of fundamentalist ideologies.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

We conduct workshops on topical issues, guide students for research, give lectures in the university and at the undergraduate level and conduct animation programmes for Church and missionary personnel.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

Right now we publish IIC Newsletter twice a year and we plan to initiate publication of a social science journal soon.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Taking forward the SVD tradition of deeply staying the cultures of different people with a view to furthering the gospel values.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

The scope of the institute is very vast but right now due to resource crunch we are not able to achieve as much as we could.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

Dr. Augustine Kanjamala is just completing a volume on “The Future of Christian Mission in India”. Dr. S.M. Michael is involved in interreligious dialogue initiatives and Dr. Joseph Mundananikkal is right now concentrating on his teaching work at the University of Mumbai, in addition to the routine work at the Institute of Indian Culture.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Constraint with regard to finance and personnel.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

To break new ground in attracting more beneficiaries by designing programmes attuned to today’s needs.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

We would like the Institute of Indian Culture to be a premier centre in India which provides rich data in terms of cultural dynamics of India and thus become a resource centre for all Christians of Indie in the fields of culture and religion.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Almost all our programmes are of and for the lay people.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

We are regularly in touch with the local parish the deanery and the diocese.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

The Archdiocese of Bombay uses the services of the Institute for running the interreligious dialogue course. Dr. S.M. Michael is an active member of the Archdiocesan pastoral team.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

We are in network with another similar Institute at Guwahati, North East India called Sanskriti as well as the Centre for Social Action at Baroda, Gujarat.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Institute of Indian Culture as well as the members of the staff have active membership in Anthropos International an initiative of the Social of the Divine Word. Dr. S.M. Michael is a member of the international Missiologists Association.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

We join hands with like-minded scholars to oppose the tendencies of cultural nationalism and fundamentalism in all religions. We are regularly in touch with religious leaders in the neighbourhood and have regular interactive session with them on various issues.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

There have not been much visible ecumenical ventures from our part.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

We are affiliated with the Pontifical Commission for Culture as well as with Anthropos International.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

At present we are not very clear about it.




  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.