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PRESIDENT SPEECH
INTRODUCTION
OUR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS
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OUR COMMUNITY LIFE
THE ACADEMIC LIFE
THE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES
ADMISSIONS
Dear Friends,

I am glad you have chosen to consider Hindustan Bible Institute & College as a possible centre to prepare yourself for the call God has placed upon your life.

Hindustan Bible Institute & College has been in existence since 1952 and it was specifically founded for the purpose of developing indigenous leadership in the context of nationalization. In transition from Colonialism to the new era of nationalization, the Church was challenged with the need for a large number of leaders to fill the responsibility God was passing on to the national Church. Our commitment is to build transformational leaders to disciple our nation.

Over the last fifty nine years, God has helped us to understand the process of leadership development particularly for those who are looking for a formal education. We have developed our academic program from its very inception to provide appropriate information that will give a comprehensive knowledge to a student in the field of his/her choice of education. But we have not only limited it to information as we are committed to the development of the whole leader that includes the building of skills and formation of character.

In order to accomplish this we have uniquely designed our curriculum that answers the question what information, skills and character will student acquire at the end of the course? We have chosen the best faculty available in the country to help us accomplish this task.

Our commitment is not only to give you information through the highest level of scholarship, but also to give you opportunities to gain skills and build character during the course of your training for which we have a growing Library, an environment that equips you to use Information Technology and a relationship and active participation in a local church to develop your leadership ability for HIS mission.

Our hope is as you go through this prospectus you will see the uniqueness of Hindustan Bible Institute & College and recognize our years of experience in this area and will consider choosing Hindustan Bible Institute as your place of preparation for the ministry. It will be our privilege to serve you and develop you as God’s powerful instrument to fulfill His mission of reaching the lost, discipling the responsive and fulfilling the Great Commission in our nation.


Your servant in God’s mission,
Rev. Dr. Paul R. Gupta,
President

Our Purpose

We exist to serve the Church in equipping the called and the committed with word-centered scholastic information, relevant skills and Christ-like character, developing them as leaders to disciple the nations and bring transformation in the society.

Our Vision

To see committed, competent, mature, Christ-like Missional Leaders in India and beyond, passionately engaged in discipling the nations and incarnating transformational movements in the Church and society.

Our Values
  • Passion for God and people – To inculcate passion for God and cultivate passionate love for the people.
  • Biblical authority – The Bible, the reveal Word of God is the basis, foundation and authority for life and ministry.
  • Servant leadership – It involves the process of imbibing the mind of Christ that endures to influence others by serving him.
  • Personal and Academic Integrity – Strenuous efforts are taken to build and maintain personal as well as academic integrity.
  • Christ-like Character – To permeate the mind of Christ who emptied himself of heavenly glory to become human for humanity.
  • Church centered and Missional – We believe that the church is the body of Christ in and through which the mission of God is carried out into the world.
Our Distinctives
  • Evangelical – It involves the “Christ event” as the core of life and ministry.
  • Bible centered – All the aspects of life and ministry are guided, guarded by the Bible, the written word of God.
  • Committed to transformational leadership – We are dedicated to build Christian values into leaders who would in turn transform others.
  • Building Christ-like character – We endeavor to inculcate Christ- like character formation in the lives of people.
  • Spiritual formation – We consolidate all our efforts to form life and ministry enhanced by the Holy Spirit.
  • Priesthood of all believers - We believe that every believer should involve in the priestly function of intercession for others and cultivate kingdom mindedness.
Our Strategies
  • Developing competency in Biblical languages for sound exposition of the word – Great emphasis is given to develop competency in biblical Hebrew and Greek to equip the students to do sound exposition of the word.
  • Holistic and focused curriculum for Academic excellence – The curriculum gives Holistic approach enduring to build academic excellence.
  • Providing opportunities for spiritual growth and maturity – The students are given sufficient, tailor made opportunities for spiritual growth and maturity.

Identifying, developing and sharpening spiritual gifts – We endeavor to identify, develop, and sharpen spiritual gifts so that the leaders would serve the Lord effectively.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Master of Theology (M.Th.) Master of Theology in New Testament

Master of Divinity is a Post-Graduate degree offered to develop Christian leadership for the different levels of the Church-at-large with a vision and skills to develop Christian thinking, mobilize the church in Ministry, and complete the responsibility of making disciples of all people within the context of our nation.

Objectives

  1. To inculcate Biblical spirituality that will emerge in every aspect of their lives and ministry.
  2. To lay sound Biblical foundation for faith, practice and ministry.
  3. To develop research skills that promotes a deeper understanding of the Biblical truth of the Church, and its mission within the National Context of the students.
  4. To enhance leadership abilities for the various ministries in the Church.
  5. To awaken the need for participation in missions with a focus on the unreached and unevangelized.
  6. To inculcate the holistic perspective of missions to integrate different methods in serving the people and society.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Theology (ATA/Serampore)/University graduates, above 23 years of age, actively involved in some form of Christian ministry.
  2. The candidate will have to pass an entrance examination in Advanced English, the Bible and General Knowledge.
  3. The candidate will have to attend a personal interview with the Academic Committee.
  4. The candidate will have to be recommended / sponsored by a church and/or a Para church organization.

Application and Registration

  1. Application forms and prospectus can be obtained on payment of Rs.200/. The last date to receive the filled in application is the 31st of December.
  2. Applications after the due date will be considered with a late fee of Rs.50/- upto the 31st of March.
  3. Each student admitted will be given a Registration number and will be expected to complete M.Div program in maximum 5 years from the year of Registration. Extension of one year shall be considered if there is a valid reason and by paying the continuing fees.

 Classes, Practical Work and Exams

M.Div. is a residential program conducted on the campus of HBI. Classes are conducted from Monday to Friday between 7.30 am to 4.30 pm. with a lunch break. Students must attend all the classes scheduled for them. Attendance is recorded for each period of class.
  • Attending the chapel service and other practical work is a compulsory requirement and part of the training.
  • During the academic days, students are expected to concentrate on their studies and maintain good marks. Those who do not show interest in studies and fail in the exams will be asked to leave the institution after evaluation.
  • Request for leave to be absent from classes or practical work must be approved by the Principal/Academic Dean.
  • Exams for the first and second semester will be conducted in November and April. Those who have failed in papers can re-write the exam paying the fees. (see the Rules and Regulations Section)
  • Students will be eligible to receive the degree after completing all the requirements and clearing the fees. The faculty evaluation committee will evaluate each student and make recommendation to the Board.

The Master of Theology is an advanced study for 2 years after M.Div./B.D specializing in one particular field of study such as Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Missiology, Christian Ministry, Religions, etc. It requires academic knowledge and skills of research. The main purpose of M.Th. program is to develop faculty members to teach in seminaries and training institutions. It helps the graduates to pursue their doctoral degree specializing in their field of study and research.

HBI is offering M.Th. in two fields of study, namely, Missiology and New Testament. It has plans to offer M.Th. in the Old Testament in the near future.

Qualifying to do M.Th.

The Academic Department admits theological graduates who have third class in M.Div./B.D. from ATA/SSC colleges and have not done enough exegetical papers in Hebrew or Greek or in the field of Missiology to upgrade their qualification by doing a year of study extra as a Residential Student before joining M.Th. in the New Testament/ Missiology, etc. The requirements are as follows:
Qualifying Papers (for those who have third class in M.Div./B.D. from ATA/SSC Colleges)

  1. Totally 12 courses should be done having 3 hours for each paper.  (12 x 3 hours = 36 credits)
  2. Out of these 12 courses, 6 courses should be in the field of M.Th. for which the student is seeking admission.
  3. An integrated Paper of 5000 words should be submitted at the end of the Second Semester using Research Methodology for 6 credits. This integrated paper topic could lead the student to use it as his/her Thesis area in M.Th.
  4. Paying the prescribed fees towards Tuition/Hostel/ etc.

 

Students from Colleges other than ATA/SSC affiliated Colleges
The requirements for M.Div. and the standard differ from colleges to colleges which are not accredited by ATA or SSC. It is difficult to regard their degrees as equal to the M.Div. given by ATA. These students, who apply for M.Th. Qualifying, are advised first to get M.Div. from ATA with 60 credits in two years. If they secure second class, they can then be considered for admission. Otherwise, they should do more Qualifying Papers.


Master of Theology in Missiology

Missiology is an important field of study. It touches various areas like history growth and development of churches, theology of mission, practice of mission, culture and anthropology, social development of communities, etc. This program is to prepare trainers of cross-cultural missionaries with a view to empower ministers among the unreached peoples.

Objectives

  1. For learners to be equipped with knowledge of the foundational subjects necessary to train cross-cultural missionaries for field service.
  2. For learners to grasp the vision for harvesting among the unreached and the burden of multiplying that vision among potential missionary trainees.
  3. For learners to have a plan to use their knowledge and research to be strategically invested in preparing harvesters to reach the unreached.
  4. To prepare missiologists to teach in seminaries and institutes.

Admission Requirements

  1. The candidates should have passed B.D. (SSC) or M.Div. (ATA) in second class (B+ grade or a high second division).
  2. They should have done at least four subjects related to Missiology and Church History in their Master degree programs.
  3. Knowledge of preliminary Greek and Hebrew can be regarded as a credit.
  4. Minimum experience of two years of ministry after their M.Div. in a Church or Mission.
  5. Writing Entrance Exam and appearing for interview.

Application and Registration

  1. Application forms and prospectus can be obtained by a payment of Rs.200/-. The last date to receive the filled in application is 31st December.
  2. Applications after the due date will be considered with the late fee of Rs. 50/- upto 15th March.
  3. Each student admitted will be given registration number and expected to complete M.Th. in 5 years from the year of Registration. Extension of one year shall be considered if there is a valid reason and paying extra fees.

Class, Practical work and Exams

  • M.Th. is a residential program conducted on the campus of HBI. Classes are conducted from Monday to Friday between 7.30 am to 4.30 pm. with lunch break. Students must attend all the classes scheduled for them. Attendance is recorded for each period of class.
  • Attending the chapel service and other practical work is a requirement of the training.
  • During the academic days, students are expected to concentrate on their studies and maintain good marks. Those who do not show interest in studies and fail in exams will be asked to leave the institution after evaluation.
  • Request for leave to be absent from classes or practical work must be approved by the Principal/Academic Dean.
  • Exams for the first semester will be in November and for the second semester will be in April. Those who failed in papers can re-write the exam paying the fees. (see the Rules and Regulations section)
  • Students will be eligible to receive the degree after completing all the requirements and clearing the fees. The faculty evaluation committee will evaluate each student and make recommendation to the Board.
The Master of Theology in New Testament is a two year program aimed at equipping potential teachers and preachers. 

Objectives

  1. To train students in New Testament studies enabling them to read more Greek texts and interpret them.
  2. To help the students to have a thorough knowledge of the history, background and theology of New Testament.
  3. To develop their skill to use critical methods, identify issues and draw solutions.
  4. To improve the students to take the message of New Testament and apply in their ministry.

Admission Requirements

  1. The candidates should have passed B.D. (SSC) or M.Div. (ATA) in second class (B+ or a high second division).
  2. They should have done minimum of two Greek exegetical papers in addition to Greek grammar course in New Testament securing second class in each paper in M.Div./B.D and keep in touch with the Greek language. Otherwise they can do one year of qualifying period.
  3. Knowledge of Hebrew can be regarded as a credit.
  4. Entrance exam.
  5. Minimum experience of one year in ministry after the M.Div./B.D

Application and Registration

  1. Application forms and prospectus can be obtained by a payment of Rs.200/-. The last date to receive the filled in application is 31st December.
  2. Applications after the due date will be considered with the late fee of Rs.50/- upto 15th March.
  3. Each student admitted will be given registration number and expected to complete M.Th. in 5 years from the year of Registration. Extension of one year shall be considered if there is a valid reason and paying extra fees.

Class, Practical Work and Exams

  • M.Th. is a residential program conducted on the campus of HBI. Classes are conducted from Monday to Friday between 7.30 am to 4.30 pm. with lunch break. Students must attend all the classes scheduled for them. Attendance is recorded for each period of class.
  • Attending the chapel service and other practical work is a requirement of the training.
  • During the academic days, students are expected to concentrate on their studies and maintain good marks. Those who do not show interest in studies and fail in exams will be asked to leave the institution after evaluation.
  • Request for leave to be absent from classes or practical work must be approved by the Principal/Academic Dean.
  • Exams for the first semester will be in November and for the second semester will be in April. Those who failed in papers can re-write the exam paying the fees. (see the Rules and Regulations section)
  • Students will be eligible to receive the degree after completing all the requirements and clearing the fees. The faculty evaluation committee will evaluate each student and make recommendation to the Board.
Bachelor of Theology Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership

The Bachelor of Theology program is offered through extension education. This external program was initiated more than a decade ago under the title Paul’s External Theological Education. It was renewed and revised in 1997 according to the higher ideals and standards of ATA so that through these efforts many Christians will be discipled and made more effective instruments in the hands of the Master. It is a three-year degree course with English as the medium of instruction.

The purpose, in offering B.Th. extension studies, is for Indian Christians who are basically involved in secular responsibilities and who are not able to do their residential studies and to prepare them to be more efficient instruments of God in Christian mission and evangelism. Our B.Th. also serves as a firm basis to equip the students to further theological studies.

Objectives

  1. To provide a firm foundation in Biblical teachings
  2. To inculcate a positive attitude towards the practical issues of the society with a true Christian perspective
  3. To awaken and edify the hidden skills in diversified fields of study
  4. To expose them to various trends of Christian Mission and Evangelism and
  5. To train them to defend their Christian commitment and take active part in mobilizing the nationals for Christian ministry.

Admission Requirements

  1. Any Christian irrespective of denomination, living in India, who has enough knowledge of the English Language, can apply.
  2. Must have completed 12th standard or its equivalent or 10th standard plus two years of Diploma in Theology (ATA) with a good command of English.
  3. Must be prepared to come to the main campus at least twice a year for exams and contact seminars.

Note: The final decision of admission is reserved with the advisory committee of the external study program.

Application & Registration

  1. Applicants should send Rs.200/- to get the application and prospectus.
  2. Applicants should send their filled in application forms enclosing all the required copies of their certificates to The Principal, HBI, Chennai.
  3. Admissions are open throughout the year.
  4. A candidate is given provisional admission on the basis of verification of certificates.

Classes, Seminars and Exams

  • Our three years B.Th. course consists of six semesters. Students are required to study four papers in each semester and eight papers in a year. Each semester, HBI conducts contact seminars for 3 days. Apart from these, the students are expected to engage in periodic study of the various courses and complete assignments as required. Books and course materials will be supplied on payment of fees.
  • Contact seminar classes are conducted in the month of July/November and in January/April during each year following the semester exams.
  • Since it is an external study program, students need to plan and allocate their time to study the subjects.
  • They can use the library at HBI but cannot check out the books. However, they can photocopy important essays, articles and sections of books related to their study.
  • Students should obtain at least 40% in each of the subjects in order to pass the subject. They should submit their internal assignment/reports within the prescribed time limit.
  • They have to complete the B.Th. course requirements within five years from the time of registration. Extension of time can be granted only if there is a valid reason and by paying the prescribed fees.
  • HBI rules of graduation and awarding of the Degree apply to the B.Th. correspondence course.

Another branch of HBI is the Evening College which hosts the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program. MABS is firmly rooted in the belief of furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ, which HBI stands for. The primal goal of this program is to “Impact the knowledge of Truth”. It is a two year degree course with English as the medium of instruction.

The purpose of MABS is to provide sound Biblical training to professionals, Church leaders and those who are interested in the Word of God. Since most of these professionals are working people, the program is offered in the evening hours to facilitate to their needs.

Objectives

  1. To give sound Biblical training to lay scholars and Christian workers.
  2. To reach the group of people who work during the day and have time only in the evening to equip themselves.
  3. To reach the working community who desires to equip themselves in the Word of God.
  4. To impart the knowledge of the Word of God. (I Tim. 2:3-4)
  5. To equip the saints to do the work of an evangelist.

Admission Requirements

  1. The candidates should have a University degree or three year B.Th. (ATA/SSC).
  2. Knowledge of English is necessary to understand the lectures and write assignments and exams.
  3. The candidate should be a member of the Church and produce a recommendation letter from the pastor.
  4. The candidate is expected to have a witnessing life. Involvement in ministry or secular service will be appreciated.

Application and Registration

  1. Applicants should send Rs.200/- to get the application and prospectus.
  2. Applicants should send their filled in application forms enclosing all the required copies of their certificates to The Principal, HBI, Chennai.
  3. Admissions are open throughout the year.
  4. A candidate is given provisional admission on the basis of verification of certificates.
  5. Duration of the program is 2 years.
  6. Selected candidates will be required to pay the necessary fees and get registered.
  7. Each student admitted will be given a Registration number and will be expected to complete in 3 years from the year of Registration. Extension of one year shall be considered if there is a valid reason and by paying the extra fees.

Classes and Exams

  1. Classes are conducted at HBI campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. each week. Attendance is compulsory.
  2. Classes begin with a brief meditation.
  3. The students should make their own arrangements for travel.
  4. The academic year is divided into three terms, namely June to September, September to December and January to April.
  5. Exams are conducted at the end of each term.
  6. Assignments should be submitted before the exams begin.

Students from Colleges other than ATA/SSC affiliated Colleges
Applicants who have successfully completed an unrecognized B.Th degree program (ATA/SSC) will need to appear and successfully pass a qualifying examination consisting of three papers in Biblical Studies, Theology and Christian Ministry.

Graduation

  • Students should have completed all the academic requirements.
  • Awarding of the degree depends on the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee.

The Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) program exists, in partnership with global institutions, to develop and empower urban leaders to establish and sustain a transformative church planting movement within urban poor communities.

Objectives:

  1. To increase the leader’s capacity to establish new church planting movements and develop indigenous churches in urban poor communities
  2. To develop the leader’s managerial capacity in resource poor situations
  3. To organize and mobilize communities through networking and creative problem-solving
  4. To equip leaders with the skills to work with spiritually-based communities, non-profit organizations, business enterprises and government agencies to strengthen a community’s own capacity, transform value systems, reduce poverty, preventable diseases and environmental degradation
  5. To integrate theoretical disciplines and experience-based learning through apprenticed in-house training
  6. To enable the students to apply biblical principles to social transformation
  7. To undertake research, focusing on the church’s involvement with the urban poor and community transformation

Admission Requirements:

  1. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or accredited seminary. Field based experience will be an added advantage.
  2. The candidate is required to have a fair knowledge of the English knowledge.
  3. The candidate should be a member of the Church and produce a recommendation letter from the pastor.

Application and Registration

  1. Applicants should send Rs.200/- to get the application and prospectus.
  2. Applicants should send their filled in application forms enclosing all the required copies of their certificates to The Principal, HBI, Chennai.
  3. Admissions are open throughout the year.
  4. Duration of the program is two years.
  5. Selected candidates will be required to pay the necessary fees and get registered.
  6. A candidate is given provisional admission on the basis of verification of certificates.
  7. Each student admitted will be given a Registration number and will be expected to complete in 3 years from the year of Registration. Extension of one year shall be considered if there is a valid reason and by paying the extra fees.

Students from Colleges other than ATA/SSC affiliated Colleges
Applicants who have successfully completed an unrecognized B.Th degree program (ATA/SSC) will need to appear and successfully pass a qualifying examination consisting of three papers in Biblical Studies, Theology and Christian Ministry.

Nature of the Program
The Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership is a uniquely designed, field based training program, where students will spend extensive period in urban poor communities. They will be enrolled in three community internships, each with a period of three months duration every year. Students will begin practical training in various areas of community transformation and learn to identify and address specific issues. They will work through local churches, para-church organizations and Non-Governmental organizations. They will be placed under the supervision of a senior practitioner who will guide, mentor and assess the performance of the student.

All core and optional courses will be taught in intensive format in the beginning of each semester at the college. During this tenure, students are expected to reside at the college. At the end of every semester students will be assessed based on the performance both in academics as well as field work practicum.

Classes and Exams

  1. Classes are conducted for two weeks in three months at HBI campus.
  2. Classes begin with a brief meditation.
  3. The students should make their own arrangements for travel.
  4. The academic year is divided into two semesters, namely June to November and November to April.
  5. Assignments should be submitted before the exams begin.

Graduation

  • Students should have completed all the academic requirements.
  • Awarding of the degree depends on the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee.
The Campus-Life
A Centrally located campus

HBI has a beautiful campus, one that is calm, serene as well as pleasant to the eye. It is a haven for those wanting quiet, reflective times. The campus is conveniently located and accessible to the Post Office, Co-operative Bank, Grocery Shop, Laundry, Hair Dressers and Medical Clinics as they all are in the HBI complex.

A multi cultural community

HBI & college is a melting pot of cultures where people of all communities work together to glorify God. At any given point in time, there are people from different parts of India and other countries found on the campus.

A community of believers

People from all cultures come together as one community as they are believers in the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Hostels for Men and Women

Men and Women students have separate hostels in the campus. The hostel seeks to promote Christian responsibility, develop a family atmosphere and Christian Character. In hostel, floor prayers are conducted every day.

Family Quarters for Students and Faculty Members

Quarters for students with family are available on the campus for those wanting to stay with family during the course of their study.

Standards of Conduct

HBI is committed to provide highest level of scholarship, provide opportunities to gain skill and build character of students. Students are encouraged to be good and faithful stewards.

School and Children’s Home

The Dr Gupta Children's home on the campus for marginalized children accommodates about 50 children. The Dr. Gupta Matriculation School has 200 Children doing their primary education from LKG to 8th Standard.

Medical Doctor and Center

A resident medical doctor serves at the Dr. Gupta Medical Center intending to serve the community as well as the students.

Dining Hall Services

We have a Cafeteria which caters to the resident students.

Play Grounds

There is a playground wherein both in-door and out-door games are played regularly. It has enhanced relationship between people of various community spiritually and culturally.

Safety and Security

The campus is a safe and secure place. The faculty, Administrative leaders and other staff reside within the campus. A security guard at the gate ensures of no trespassers.

New Calvary Church

The NCC church on campus has more than 500 members.  The local church extends its relationship to the local community and serves them through various Church programmes and in particular at festivals such as Christmas, New Year, and Easter etc. It makes its ministry available round the clock to the service of the local community.

Emphasis on Biblical Language

A special emphasis is given for the Biblical languages such as Greek and Hebrew. Students will be taught the basic elements and advanced level of New Testament Greek grammar. They will also be trained both in basic and advanced level in Hebrew.

Modular and Regular Classes

The B.Th., M.A in Biblical studies and the M.A in Transformational Urban Leadership programs have modular classes primarily for those in the ministry but who do not have any training. The M.Div. and M.Th program are instituted as residential programs. The focus of these programs is to ensure the development of strong evangelical and sound Biblical theological leaders.  

Seminars and Conferences

Annual Missions Conference is a regular feature at HBI. It is a time where all pastors, missionaries and students related to the various ministries of HBI, come together for a time of spiritual refreshment.

Library and Computer Lab

Our library has a collection of 30,000 volumes, which include 145 Periodicals and Records of Thesis completed by our students. HBI library is updated, constantly with latest information, through networking and by adding new books and journals. The computer lab inside the library has 8 computers and 2 research computers for students to write their assignments and thesis with print out facilities. The library has also state of the art Internet Facilities available to students. Hindustan Bible Institute and College is also a subscriber of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA). This enables the faculty and students to read and access more than 1550 journals online.

Publications

Hindustan Evangelical Review (HER) is published every year. It comprises of articles and extracts from published thesis by the faculty. The college also brings out a year book featuring various reports from the different Ministries of HBI.

Chapel and Community Services

The Chapel Service is conducted every day along with the academic program where the faculty and students participate. The Students are encouraged to attend the Sunday services, mid-week prayers and monthly fasting prayers with other community members of HBI.

Accountability Groups

The students are divided into accountability groups, each with a faculty or staff in-charge. This group meets weekly on Mondays where students are free to share their struggles, challenges and growth areas.

Bible Study Fellowship

Bible Study Fellowship is a great program to be acquainted with. Every Tuesday, it is conducted at St. Andrew Kirk Church for men and at New Calvary church, on campus for women. It is a two-hour Bible study program. BSF gives materials for the background study and asks the participants to study a portion of scripture and answer the questions in the given work sheet.

Prayer Encounters

Students have a brief time of intercessory prayer every afternoon at 1 p.m. and every Wednesday between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Christian Service Seminars

In C.S Seminars, different kinds of Christian ministry and methods of evangelism are presented and discussed. Leaders from different Christian organizations and churches come and present their ministry. All students must attend this seminar every week.  It is a group opportunity to get envisioned, hear strategies and find ministries to serve.

Cell Groups

The Friday Cell groups organized for the students as part of their ministry involvement with the New Calvary Church, is a place where our students find spiritual and mentoring support. 

Mentoring and Counseling

We have the services of the Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care Department which provides counseling and pastoral care to the students. The fellowship groups, the faculty student fellowship, the faculty student play time, Staff and Faculty retreat with their families, Student and Faculty picnic with their families, Field trips and the informal get-together with visiting professors facilitate wider fellowship and interpersonal relationship.        

Sports & Games

We strongly believe in physical recreation. Students need to involve in some kind of physical exercises. Cricket, volley ball and badminton are well known games played on campus in the evenings after 5:00 p.m. Once a year, the student body will be divided into four teams where students, faculty and staff of the academic community play various games and sports activity.

Cultural Presentations

India portrays the mosaic of culture and so preparing a stage for cultural programs will encourage communal harmony, patriotism and brotherhood. HBI favours expression of cultural activities tempered by Christian values.

Board of Directors

This is the highest Administrative Body consisting of 18 members from all over India from various professions. Policy decisions are made by this body and they are the sole custodian of the purpose, the vision and the values of HBI. They meet at least three to four times a year.

Administrative Leaders Team

The Administrative Leaders team consists of Directors of different departments headed by the President & Director. It is an administrative body that executes the strategies to fulfill the purpose and vision of HBI. The team meets every Wednesday for prayer, reporting and planning.

College Academic Council

This is an Advisory Body that deals with the issues, proposals and guidelines relating to academic activities.

Team of Faculty Members

All the faculty members meet once a month to discuss the various concerns of the academic affairs, students’ life and activities.


Full time faculty members and their specialization: 
1.     Dr. Paul R Gupta –Ph.D. in Intercultural studies, Fuller Seminary, CA
2.     Dr. P. Samuel Saravanan, Ph.D. in Missions
3.     Dr. Varghese Thomas – Ph.D. in Education, Trinity University, IL
4.     Dr. Sobanaraj – Ph,D. in New Testament, SATHRI
5.     Dr. Rajadhas – D.Min, SAIACS
6.     Mr. Elayaraj – M.Th in Theology, SAIACS
7.     Rev. Paul Ebenezer – M.Th Church History and Ph.D.,  Madras University
8.     Mr. Balu – M.Th in Old Testament, SAIACS
9.     Mr. Aneesh – M.Th in New Testament, HBI & College
10.   Mr. Theophilus – M.Th in Systematic Theology, TTS
11.   Rev. John Jacob – Ph.D. Missions & History, Madras University
12.   Mr. Nithiyan in Missions, HBI & College
13.   Mrs. Margaret, M.Th in Systematic Theology, SAIACS

Part time faculty members and their specializations:

1.     Dr. Arren Bennett, Ph.D in New Testament
2.     Dr. Lamech Inbaraj, Ph.D in Political Science, Madras University
3.     Dr. Jasmine Inbaraj,  Ph.D. in Sociology, Madras University
4.     Dr. Lillian Swarnakalai, Ph.D. in Sociology, Madras University
5.     Miss. Priya Rajkumar, M.A., English
6.     Dr. John M. Prasad, Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies
7.     Dr. Paul Balakrishnan, Ph.D. in New Testament
8.     Dr. Jaganathan, Ph.D. in Biblical Studies
9.     Rev. Wesley George , M.Phil in Theology, Madras University, (Ph.D.)

Visiting faculty members and their specializations:

1.     Dr. P. Vethanayagamony, Ph.D. in Church History, Lutheran University, IL
2.     Dr. Richard Lewis, D.Min in Cultural Anthropology
3.     Dr. Maria De Vries, Ph.D. in Western Philosophy, Germany
4.     Dr. Richard Holt, Ph.D. in Apologetics, Fuller Seminary, CA
5.     Dr. Isac S Raja, Ph.D. in Communication, Bharathiar University
6.     Dr. Philip Bustrum, Ph.D. in Missiology, Cornerstone University
7.     Dr. Corrie De Boer, Ph.D. in Urban Mission, Philippines
8.     Dr. Fletcher Tink, Ph.D. in Theology, Bakke University, USA
9.     Dr. Lee Heyward, Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry, Trinity University, IL

General Admissions Requirement & Procedure
The requirements for admission to the different programs vary and can be found in the respective sections in this prospectus. However, the following requirements are applicable for all seeking admission into Hindustan Bible Institute and College.

General Requirements

  1. The applicant should be a committed follower of Christ having experienced the saving love and grace of Jesus Christ.
  2. The applicant should believe that the Bible is the Word of God and submit to its authority.
  3. The applicant should have a clear call for ministry.
  4. He or she should have a witnessing life for Christ.
  5. Preferably the applicant should have been involved in the ministry of his or her own church or mission or organization and gained some experience.
  6. The applicant should respect the Statement of Faith recorded in the prospectus.
  7. All the certificates submitted for admission should be genuine.

Entrance Examination
All applicants for admission into the Residential programs should appear for an Entrance Examination in the following areas.

  1. Scripture Knowledge: Every student seeking admission in M.Div. should write a simple test to prove his or her knowledge on the content of the Biblical books, theological content of the books, memory of some scripture verses and the way the Bible can be used to improve spirituality, faith and witnessing life.

  1. English: All programs will be conducted in English medium and this requires that the student should be good in English. Students applying for M.Div. and M.Th. are required to write a test to prove their ability to read, understand and express themselves in English.
  1. General Knowledge: An examination for all the students to test the grasp of contemporary national and international events will be conducted in the area of history, economics, politics, sports, culture, etc.

  1. Biblical Languages: All the students seeking admission for M.Th. in any branch at HBI should have done the Biblical Hebrew and Greek Grammar courses. But those who would like to study M.Th. in OT or NT should have done enough Hebrew/Greek exegetical courses in addition to grammar. They will be tested for their ability to read, translate, parse and write exegetical comments on the original text of OT or NT accordingly. If they cannot prove their ability in Hebrew or Greek, they will be asked to do a one year qualifying period to fulfill the requirement.

Personal Interviews
The candidates are interviewed by a panel consisting of Principal, Academic Dean, Director of Spiritual Formation & Pastoral Care and Faculty concerned.

Certificates and Recommendation Letters
Applications can be obtained from the Academic Department of HBI by paying the prescribed amount either by M.O. or D.D. The filled in application should reach the Principal of HBI before the 31st of December each year. Applicants should provide the following documents and letters along with the application.

  1. Xerox and attested copies of all the pre degree certificates/degree certificates/ diploma/theological certificates. (Do not send the original along with the application but the original will be verified at the time of admission.)
  2. Certificate to prove the date of birth of the candidate.
  3. A letter from the Pastor of his or her church stating membership details.
  4. A Conduct Certificate from the Head of the Institution where last studied.
  5. A recommendation letter from a local Christian leader about the interest of the applicant for ministry and training.
  6. A letter from the parents or Guardian allowing the student to study at HBI.
  7. A financial guarantee letter from the family or sponsor or church/organization to meet the fees.
  8. If a student is moving in the middle of a course from another seminary to HBI, the student should provide a “No Objection Certificate” or “Migration Certificate” from that seminary.
  9. A Medical Certificate of physical and mental health fitness should be provided.

New Student Orientation
Immediately after their admission, students are given orientation on academic program, hostel life, spiritual life, use of Library and practical work.

Thesis and Research Orientation
As part of the academic orientation students are given an overview on thesis and research for a period of two weeks.

Application Procedure
A requisition letter to the Registrar of the College requesting the application and prospectus is to be sent along with a Demand Draft towards the cost of application and prospectus. The name and address of the student should be written clearly along with the pin code. On the reverse side of the crossed D.D, the name of the student and the course applied for should be written. Alternatively the application and prospectus can be acquired through some one else studying at HBI or living in Chennai, by sending the requisition letter and amount through that person to be paid directly in the Academic office at HBI.

CONTACT PERSON

The Registrar
Hindustan Bible Institute & College
86-89, Medavakkam Tank Road
Kellys, Chennai – 600 010
Phone: 044 - 26421199/26423758
Email: academic@hbionline.org

  1. Finance

Registration fee, special fees and hostel fees for semester should be paid by all the students at the time of Registration. The responsibility of paying the fees is primarily that of a student. If an organization or a parent takes responsibility it is still the student’s responsibility to see that it is paid as prescribed by the college.

Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate academic competence, perceivable spiritual growth and regular participation in all the Christian Service Programs. The scholarships are available only from second year of study.

A separate sheet on fee details can be obtained from the office separately.

Grading System and Graduation Requirements
The following is the key to the grading system followed by HBI and College:

First Class Second Class Third Class
A+ (80% & above) B+ (65%) C+ (50%)
A (75%) B (60) C (45%)
A- (70%) B- (55%) C- (40%)

Each student should fulfill all the requirements prescribed by HBI and clear the fees arrears to get the Course Completion Certificate and the Degree at the Graduation Ceremony.



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