The faculty follows the semester pattern.
- There are two semesters per year and 90 class days per semester.
- The first and the third semesters commence in June and end in the fourth week of October.
- The second and the fourth semesters commence in the first week of November and end in the last week of March.
The faculty follows a grading system to evaluate the performance of the students as follows:
Distinction 80 & above
First Class 60-79
Second Class 50-59
Pass Mark 50
The courses offered at this faculty cover the following areas: Person and Nature; Person and Society; Person and the Ultimate; Classical and Contemporary Trends in Philosophy (in India and in other parts of the world).
The curriculum of the faculty covers three successive cycles, leading to three different degrees. It also offers diplomas to those who do not or cannot work for a Degree.
The First Cycle (B.Ph. programme)
As per the recent directives of the Holy See in-charge of Catholic Education, the Faculty has re-worked the programme of studies of the First Cycle. Accordingly, the first cycle is basically a three-year programme. It introduces the students to the methods of scientific research. Apart from dealing with the problems and methods of philosophy, it offers a systematic exposition to the various philosophies of God, human and the world. It also acquaints them with the main trends in cultural life and thought.
Besides these courses, philosophical seminars and workshops are conducted as part of the academic curriculum. These are designed to augment collective reflection on issues of national and international importance and to foster scientific approach and team-work.
Accordingly, a student has to take a total of 180 credits of which 110 credits are assigned for the Basic Obligatory Courses, 40 credits for the Supplementary Obligatory Courses, and 30 credits for the Optional Additional Courses. The weightage of project work & comprehensive (viva) will be 50:50. In case a student fails either in project work or in viva, he/she has to repeat it separately.
Following are the Professors in whose happy memory these memorial lectures are instituted:
Rev. Fr. E. Ugarte, SJ (Madurai Province)
Rev. Fr. P. Savarimuthu, SJ (Madurai Province)
Rev. Fr. S. Thomas Mannumel, SJ (Madurai Province)
Rev. Fr. X. Muthupackiam, SJ (Madurai Province)
Using the deposit created by the parents, Satya Nilayam has also instituted a memorial lecture for Sch. Loy Fernandes of Karnataka Province who expired accidentally in August 2006.
To enable the students to prepare and sit for the examinations, four to six working days are free from classes at the middle or end of each semester.
The examinations for individual courses are held normally at the time set aside for examinations in the middle or at the end of the semester.
It lasts 30 minutes covering all the major areas of philosophy and it is conducted in one of the patterns prescribed by the Faculty.
Those who fail are given a chance of reappearing for the examination to be conducted on the date to be fixed with the principal. Evaluation of this examination is done by two members of the teaching staff.
The Second Cycle - (MPh Programme)
The second cycle introduces the students to scientific research through an in-depth study of the theories of outstanding Indian and Western thinkers by means of seminars and tutorials.
This cycle consists of four semesters. MPh students are to write six philosophical papers within the first three semesters, and in the fourth semester they are to write a dissertation of 75-100 pages. The dissertation should demonstrate a satisfactory grasp of the tools of research and reflection.
The Principal will be the general coordinator of the cycle. He will suggest names of professors to guide the student in each paper. All the papers should be of a quality that is suitable for exposition. Exposition of some of these papers is a requirement and the Principal is to decide how many of the papers are to be publicly exposed. Preparation of an exhaustive bibliography is to be part of the programme. MPh students may attend any of the classes in addition to their reading and writing assignments. The areas to be studied are divided into two parts: obligatory and optional. Obligatory topics are: Study of a Western Philosopher, an Indian Philosopher, and one work of Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine. In addition, a student is to choose three philosophical problems out of the following areas, choosing not more than one problem from an area:
(1) Philosophy of God/Religion;
(3) Social Issues;
(4) Epistemology/ Hermeneutics;
(5) Philosophical Anthropology
There will be a comprehensive examination at the end of the course which will last one hour before a board of three. It will be based on a statement submitted by the student, covering all major aspects of philosophy.
The Third Cycle - (PhD Programme)
The Third Cycle, leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ecclesiastical) will promote philosophical maturity in the candidate through a specialized study of one or two outstanding Indian or Western thinkers. The doctoral thesis will be written under the direction of a guide in the Faculty, who must be approved by the principal and the Academic Council. The theme or the area of research is to be likewise approved by the guide chosen, and by the Principal and the Academic Council. The approved guide will supervise the preparation and composition of the thesis, especially its final draft.
The minimum period required for the completion of the doctoral research as a full time student is two years. Normally, residence in Chennai during the entire period of research will be required, unless the academic council grants leave of absence for part of the time.
The Thesis will be read by the supervisor and two other experts from other approved faculties. At least two of the readers must approve the thesis for defense and the defense will take place before the supervisor and the two readers. The positive votes of all the three are required for passing the defense.