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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Initiated by S.Radhakrishnan in 1932, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies owes its origin to his creative influence with the motto ”Global Understanding with Vedantic Spirit” expressed in the writings of Padmabhushan PT Raju and Padmavibhushan K. Satchidananda Murty. Starting from its foundation head Professor Saileswar Sen, it has been one of the leading centers in India, which stood for East-West understanding and Compartive Philosophy. Scholars in the Department have carried on this tradition in a comprehensive way. Further the former teachers such as A Lakshmana Rao, BV Kishan, G Sundera Ramaiah and others wrote books on diversified fields.
Starting from 1970’s, the Department is given financial assistance by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi through FIP, ULP, SAP and ASIHSS Programs, and achieved a considerable national status by conducting natinal seminars. Teachers from various states – Tripura, Assam, Orissa and Tamilnadu came and did their research leading to M.Phil and Ph.D Degrees.
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY PROFILE
Having 4 classrooms for students, and separate rooms and computers for research students and for each teacher, and possessing the platinum Jubilee AC Seminar Hall and the Departmental Library with books donated by SS Rama Rao Pappu, USA and books purchased with UGC funds the Department keeps its glory and uniqueness in the country. The Departmental Library contains around 4000 books apart from Rutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Encyclopedia of World Religions.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING:
The Department has achieved excellence in Indian Philosophy especially Vedanta and Buddhism, Social Philosophy, and Gandhian thought. Prominent books published by the present faculty include: Radical Humanism of MN Roy (1980), Interaction between Science and Philosophy (1982), Marx and Gandhi (1984), Social Philosophy of Vedanta (1991), Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo (1994), Gandhian Philosophy (1999), Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya (2000). Albert Schweitzer: A Study in the Philosophies of Civilization (2003) and Faith and Devotion in Theravada Buddhism (2004).
Most of the faculty members have written 21 Monographs, in the subjects of their teaching and now they have undertaken preparing individual monographs objective question-answer bank. The Department hosted the sessions of the Indian Philosophical Congress twice and International Congress of Vedanta once, and conducted many national and international seminars. Selected papers of these seminars have been published under the ‘Andhra University Philosophical Studies’ series.
Centre for Religious Studies (CRS) is a semi-autonomous unit in the Department, established on 28th February 1997, when Dr. M.Gopalakrishna Reddy was the Vice-Chancellor. The Centre admits every year two candidates of MTh.Mdiv.MA in Christianity degrees accredited by Asia Theological Association through Asian institute of Theology (AIT) Bangalore, into research leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees.
In both the postgraduate programmes in Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department offers 38 courses, out of which 4 are compulsory common courses and 10 are optional courses while 14 courses are unique in MA Philosophy, and MA. Religious Studies. The syllabus has been revised in accordance with the syllabus of UGC Net, APPSC and other competitive examinations.
In accordance with the Executive Council of Andhra Pradesh University Proceedings No. SII(Supdt.) 94, dated 28th February, 1997, the agreement of Co-operation between the Asia Theology (AIT), Bangalore and Andhra University, Visakhapatnam signed on 1stFebruary, 1999, the partner institutions have agreed for exchange of teachers ,scholars and students for conducting collaborative research and academic programme in the Center for Religious Studies(CRS), Department of philosophy, Andhra University, Waltair, Visakhapatnam.
The Center may conduct national/international seminars/symposia/conferences on topics related to Religious Studies in collaboration with funding agencies/trusts/institutes (hereafter called "donors")
Candidates for research leading to M.phil/Ph.D degrees sponsored by donors may be admitted in the Center as per terms of agreements with them, provided they fulfill the academic qualification prescribed by the University subject to payments of the furs prescribed in this behalf.