Karnataka Theological College

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Karnataka Theological College
Established 1965
Type Seminary
Academic affiliation Senate of Serampore College, Serampore 712 201, Hooghly District, West Bengal,
Location Balmatta, Mangalore 575 001, Karnataka, India
Principal H. R. Cabral, CSI
Website http://www.kaces.org/KTC/homepage

Karnataka Theological College (founded in 1965) is an ecumenical seminary catering to the Kannada-speaking students wishing to pursue the priestly vocation. KTC is located in Mangalore of Karnataka in South India, and is affiliated to the nation's first University,[1] the Senate of Serampore College.


The Karnataka Theological College was founded in 1965 with the coming together of two distinct theological seminaries,

  • the Union Kanarese Seminary (UKS) founded in 1912[2] in Tumkur, and
  • the Basel Evangelical Mission Theological Seminary (BEMTS) founded in 1847 in Mangalore.[3]

In 1967, C. D. Jathanna, the then principal of the college formed the Karnataka Christian Educational Society with the College as the nucleus along with another institute, the Hebich Technical Training Institute. He added several new educational institutions such as Balmatta Institute of Priniting Technology, Balmatta Institute of Commerce, KACES ITI in Stichcraft, KACES Hostel, and Moegling Institute of German Language. At Present Karnataka Theological College offers residential Bachelor of Divinity degree course and the external courses of B.C.S., Dip. C.S. and C. Th. The students are basically from three dioceses of the Church of South India, Lutherans and Methodists and this is the only regional Theological College which offers training in Kannada language in Karnataka.

Present staff

List of Principalships

(Period, Name of the Principal )


See also


  1. Murli Manohar Joshi, Higher Education in India Vision and Action, A paper presented at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in the Twenty First Century, Paris, 5–9 October 1998. Internet, accessed 22 August 2008. [1]
  2. Godwin Shiri, Wholeness in Christ: the legacy of the Basel Mission in India, KTC, Mangalore, 1985, pp.102–105. [2]
  3. The Basel Evangelical Mission Theological Seminary was established in 1847 by the Basel Evangelical Missionary Society. In 1847 it was established with a name B.E.M. Theological Seminary by Dr. Hermann Mögling. Moegling was the one who started the first Kannada news paper Mangaluru Samachara and his contribution to Kannada literature is well known. This college was training Protestant Pastors for the churches in Karnataka and Malabar area.
  4. Corinna Waltz, Honorary doctorate for Robert Scheuermeier, 7 March 2013. [3]