|Rector||:||Fr. J.A. Santhanam|
|Principal / Teacher-in-Charge||:||Fr. J, Arockiasamy|
|Location||:||Betai, Barrackpore District|
|Affiliation(s)||:||West Bengal State University|
|Accreditation / Recognition||:||--|
Department of B.A. & Philosophy
The B. A. section was long affiliated to Calcutta University since 1971, and with the bifurcation of the CU in 2008 now the College is affiliated to the West Bengal State University. As the Philosophy and B. A. courses have to go hand in hand, also Philosophy is a three year programme.
Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy teaches the subject with both Western and Eastern Philosophy.
Department of B.A.
The Department of Bachelor of Arts is affiliated to the West Bengal State University. It teaches English, History, Environmental Studies and Philosophy. It offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A..) Course
Department of Theology
The Department of Theology of Morning Star College is affiliated to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. The Department offers an academic curriculum that is comprehensive and contemporary, relevant and meaningful to the needs of the Church, society and academy. The programme of studies includes a wide range of courses in Scared Scripture, Systematic, Moral, Sacramental, Historical, Pastoral and Spiritual Theology, Canon Law, Liturgy, Homiletics, World religions, Theology of Religious Pluralism, Ecumenism, Sociology of Religion and Ecology. There are also a number of Optional courses, Seminars and Exposure programmes. All the disciples are designed to make theological education a scientific learning for creative and critical reflection and pastoral action.
It offers the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) Course
(For about 2 months after the B.Th Comprehensive Examination) Course Schedule and Personnel
Optional Courses for Second Year B.Th.
- Scriptural Studies
- Systematic Theology
- Discipline Canon Law, Liturgy and Pastoral Theology
- Moral Theology
- Church History
- Theology of Religions
How to apply
Morning Star Regional Seminary+College does not admit individual candidates, but rather candidates recomended by the diocese from which they belong, or from congregations they wish to join - students passing out from the Minor seminaries and centres. In all cases, recommendation by the concerned Archbishops, Bishops, Directors of Formation and Rectors of Minor Seminaries, is essential.
If you are an individual and have discerned a calling for the priesthood, or want to see if the priesthood is for you, you may approach the Vocation office or Priest in charge of vocations in your diocese, who will guide you on the proceedure to be followed.
All candidates are also to pass an admission/entrance test, held each January. Results are communicated the following month. Failure to qualify will result in admission being refused. The concerned officials of institutions who send candidates to Morning Star are sent a circular prior to the Entrance Test for the Students who seek Admission for B.A. & Philosophy at MSRS+C. The Test will be held in the various Minor Seminaries or centres of Propadeutic studies where their students are studying.
- Application Forms of those candidates clearing the Entrance Test duly filled in and with the relevant documents enclosed should reach us latest by 15th April 2012, after which no request will be entertained.
- Students who have done their Class 12 or Higher Secondary studies from Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh States must obtain an Authentication Certificate (Verification of Marks) from the Secretary/Director of the Council or Board of Intermediate Education. In case you are unable to obtain certificate by 15th April 2011, the candidate could bring it in person on the date of his arrival here. If anyone fails to submit all the documents on arrival at the seminary, we will be compelled to send him back to the Diocese/Congregation and will disqualify him for Admission.
- There are two sets of Application Forms (Philosophy & B.A.) If a student is applying for both B.A. & Philosophy, he should fill both the Application Forms. If he is applying for Philosophy only, he is to fill only the Philosophy Application Form and submit the relevant documents.
- There must be a subject English with 100 Full Marks in their HS/IA/ISC/PDC/PUC/+2 or any other Equivalent courses for Admission to the West Bengal State University.
- The third Application Form for Admission to the Department of Theology should also reach alond with the Philosophy / B.A. Form(s).
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Morning Star Regional Seminary and Morning Star College are two Institutions owned and managed by the Bengal Catholic Priestsâ€™ Training Institute, registered on 10.1.1979 under the West Bengal Societies Act XXVI of 1961.
Morning Star Regional Seminary was established on June 4, 1968, as the Calcutta Archdiocesan Seminary. On August 6, 1971, the B.A. Department of the Seminary was affiliated to the University of Calcutta, with the name of â€śMorning Star Collegeâ€ť. The first course of Theology began in 1972. In May 1974, Morning Star became a Regional Seminary to serve the dioceses of Bengal Region, namely, Asansol, Bagdogra, Baruipur, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Krishnagar and Raiganj. The first batch of deacons from this seminary were ordained in December 1975.
The residential staff of the seminary is mainly drawn from the diocesan clergy of the Region and the Society of Jesus, Calcutta Province. Though the Seminary is primarily meant for the formation of priests for the West Bengal Region, it also caters to the seminarians of the neighbouring dioceses.
The Seminary has three departments : B.A., Philosophy and Theology. The Three-year B.A. Degree Course is combined with the Philosophy Course. The theologians in their fourth year, after completing their comprehensive exam by early March proceed to finish the Pastoral Course of two monthsâ€™ duration before leaving for their respective dioceses. Rome has finally approved that the department of Theology of Morning Star College be affiliated to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion also called Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth in Pune, for a period of five years on experimental basis. The Congregation for Catholic Education issued this decree on 25th November 2002. The students now qualifying in the B. Th. Examinations will be awarded with the B. Th. Degree from JDV.
For the B. A. Degree, the qualification will be awarded by the West Bengal State University, to which the College is now affilliated, after automatic transfer of affilliation from Calcutta University recently.