Durtlang Leitan: Aizawl, Mizoram Post Box-167
External Studies Bachelor of Christian Studies(B.C.S.)
Aizawl Theological College serves as a local centre for two external study programmes of the Senate of Serampore College: the Bachelor of Christian Studies (B.C.S.) and the Diploma in Christian Studies (Dip.C.S.) programmes. The objective of both these programmes is to provide persons with an informed understanding of their faith, to strengthen their academic skills and to deepen their commitment to Christian service in the context of their vocations. To be eligible to study the B.C.S. course, a candidate must be graduate of a recognised university. A holder of theB.Th. degree of the Senate of Serampore College who has already passed the two qualifying English papers is also eligible to undertake the B.C.S. course. So also a person who is at least 25 years of age, who has been prevented for special reasons to pursue normal school education and who can produce evidence that he/she has been engaged in a full-time vocation/profession/employment for two years, is eligible to study the B.C.S. course provided he/she passes the Mature Candidates Entrance Examination.
2. Dip. C.S:
Candidates desirous of doing the diploma course in Christian Studies (Dip. C.S.) are required to have passed Higher Secondary School (10+2) or its equivalent.The Registrar is in charge of the two programmes. The College is also running B.C.S. and Dip.C.S. programmes in English and Mizo.
3. D. Min: Recognizing the importance of continuing theological education for full time Ministers in the service of the Church, the Senate of Serampore College has offered a special programme for them: the Doctor of Ministry programme. The Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod is encouraging its ordained Ministers to register for the same. Aizawl Theological College has been given the responsibility of co-ordinating this programme for them.
4. D.C.P.C (Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counselling):
The College has introduced the Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counselling (D.C.P.C.) to provode skills for pastors and others to engage in the healing ministry of the church in the congregations, institutions and in the society in general.
5. Mobile Theological School:
Since 1972, the college has been engaged in educating lay people throuh this programme. This programme was initiallystarted with the help of the Theological Education Fund of the World Council of Churches. In this programme a team of faculty members visit interior places in Mizoram and open study institutes for the laity. Introductory lectures are given in different disciplines such as Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, History of Christianity, Religions and Christian Ministry. Theological literature relating to these subjects, published by the College are made available to the laity. The registered students study the books. After five or six months an examination is conducted. Successful candidates are awarded certificates with Bible or Christian Hymn Book.
6. Calvin Study Centre (CSC):
Recognising that a vast majority of Mizo Christians belong to the Calvinistic tradition, the Aizawl Theological College has established a Calvin Study Centre. The Centre serves primarily as a research and study centre for Calvin's teachings and the Calvinistic tradition. It also seeks to conscientize the Mizo Christians about the said tradition and makes provision for theological students to study the same. In view of the above objectives, the Centre has started collecting various books, journals and articles relating to the teachings of Calvin and the Calvinistic tradition. Seminars on Calvinism are organized every year. The seminar papers and discussions are published in a book form as part of a series entitled Calvina Zirtirna leh Mizo Nun (Calvinism and Mizo Life). The Centre is also engaged in translating and publishing other books related to the Calvinistic tradition. A course on The Life and Thought of John Calvin is also offered to the final year B.D. students.
7. Conducting Probationary Pastors’ Examination
The College is entrusted by the Mizoram Presbyterian Church to conduct examinations for probationary pastors in Octoberevery year. During their three years of probationary pastorship, they are expected to successfully write examinations in six subjects: The Bible, Christian Theology, History of Christianity, Christian Education, Religions and Pastoralia. In addition, they are required to write a book review every year.
8. Early Childhood Care Education Centre:
A pre-school facility is made available for tiny tots in the campus and in the neighbourhood. Presently Mrs. Lalthanpuii is the Head Mistress while Mrs. Lalrokimi serves as volunteer teacher and Ms Lalrinnungi serves as a helper.