Tejas Vidya Peetha
Institute of Mission-Oriented
& Contextual Theology
Bangalore -560060
Tel. 080 -28437191

Tejas Vidya Peetha

Welcome to Tejas Vidya Peetha

The establishment of Tejas Vidya Peetha, Institute of Mission-Oriented and Contextual Theology on 3rd July, 2005 marks a new beginning with regard to the missionary, religious and priestly formation in India initiated by the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (M.S.F.S) of the South-West India Province.

Tejas, a Sanskrit word , means radiance. Theological education and formation at Tejas visualize that the students of Tejas remain open to the Goodness of God, contemplate on this goodness as Francis de Sales, the Patron of the MSFS, did and radiate it in their lives and ministry. Tejas is also an acronym that expresses what the institute stands for, namely, Theological Education for Joyful and Affirmative Service. (TEJAS)

Tejas Vidya Peetha re-captures the original spirit of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales who envisaged a contextual theological and missionary formation for its members already in 1890 by starting a Major Seminary at Gopalpur of Ganjam Dt. in Orissa. It was one of the first ‘mobile seminaries’ which taught philosophy and theology in the actual field of the apostolate. The professors took the students with them to the villages where they taught them and together they and the students involved themselves in the work of proclaiming the good news to the poor. Eventually, this seminary was shifted to Visakhapatnam in 1898 and in the same year another major seminary was established by the MSFS in Nagpur for central India and christened as St. Charles Seminary.

Almost after a century Tejas Vidya Peetha is established in South-West India to make the Fransalian theological formation programme respond adequately to the needs of the missionary context, inspire the students to a radical commitment to the cause of the Gospel, and to enable and equip them to face the complex challenges of the mission.

In 2007, Tejas Vidya Peetha and Suvidya College were formed into De Sales Institute of Philosophy and Religion and the institute was affiliated to De Sales University, Allentown, Philadelphia, USA.

The Motto

The Motto - Tejasvinãv-adhita-mastu

The motto of Tejas Vidya Peetha is taken from the Taittiriya Upanishad 2.1.1. Tejasvinãv-adhita-mastu or ‘may we be illumined by our study’ expresses the prayerful yearning of a student who seeks true enlightenment by an experiential knowledge of God and by discovering meaning of human existence in the world Read more...

Journal of Indian Theology

In order to promote contextual theology the Journal of Indian Theology was founded in 2008. This venture of Tejas involves much commitment from the staff and the students. There are 3 issues a year.