Subadra Muthuswami, who has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, wanted to pursue her interest in Hinduism so she searched for a comprehensive course in Hinduism studies in universities in India. But no university in
offers a comprehensive course in Hinduism Studies. There are only programmes in
Indian Philosophy. But most of the universities in India have separate departments for
Christian and Islamic studies.
She discovered that the
has programmes in vaishnavism and Indian philosophy. She enquired with universities such as Madurai Kamaraj, Annamalai and Sastra, but without success. Finally, she went to Universityof Madras Madras Sanskrit Collegein Mylapore, where she was informed that she could register as an independent research candidate or seek help from the . Universityof Madras
“While you may study Indian philosophy in the philosophy department or vaishnavism or saiva siddhanta, which is in Tamil medium only, you cannot study the religion in all its constituent parts in
India,” she said. She learnt that even has a department in philosophy and religion but nothing specific to Hinduism. Banaras Hindu University
Senior professors say universities are secular places where Hinduism as a religion cannot be taught.