Four-Week Seminar on
Science and Religion in India
Four-Week Seminar on Science and Religion in India

This project is run by the Association of Science, Society and Religion (ASSR), Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, India. It encourages 20-25 young scholars who have already shown interest in science-religion dialogue and who hail from different parts of India with diverse backgrounds, religious affiliations, and scientific interests to experience intensive exposure to the deeper issues of science-religion interfacing. The 25 students live and work together for periods of three months, mentored by eminent scholars. These encounters help to put significant issues in science and religion into focus and extend the discussion to broader concerns, particularly from an Indian perspective.
The project enables scholars to progress from the introductory to the advanced issues of science- religion dialogue and keeps them abreast of the latest scientific and theological developments. It also attempts to deepen and mature their personal commitment to this field. Creating a dynamic group of young scholars from different cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds, who can interact with one other, is enhancing the science-religion dialogue in India. It is hoped that three scholarly works on science and religion from Indian and interdisciplinary perspectives will emerge from this exercise.
The project tries to impart a sense of openness to the actualized scientific and religious fields of inquiry and, in the Templeton tradition, a sense of humility among the scholars. The participants are invited to put forward creative ideas on science and religion, which they can work at on their own. The accepted projects are expected to be completed over a period of approximately one year. Though support in terms of mentoring, library and research facilities can be provided by the Association of Science, Society, and Religion (ASSR), the participants are expected to carry out the research on their own.