By Ancy DSouza Paladka
Feb.01, 2018: Fr. Ivan D’Souza of Mangaluru Diocese hailing from Miyar, Karkala, Udupi dist. (land of Madhva) successfully defended his thesis on Indian Philosophy on the topic “Paramamukhyavrtti (Super-Primary Meaning) in Dvaita Vedanta of Madhva: A Hermeneutical Probe into its Scriptural Application and Significance” under the guidance of Dr. Henry D’Almeida SJ at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), Pune on 24 January 2018 in the presence of a large number of priests, nuns, seminarians, his relatives, well-wishers, friends and members of Mangalurean Catholic Association (MCA).
The external reader of the Doctoral Dissertation was Dr. G. Lazar, SVD and the internal reader was Dr. John Peter Vallabadoss OFM Cap. Dr. Kuruvilla Pandikattu SJ was the Chairperson of the session. Fr Ivan’s guide Dr. Henry D’Almeida SJ has a specialisation in Dvaita Philosophy from Pune University. The session lasted for two hours, in which the doctoral candidate was questioned by readers, guide of the thesis and audience present. He is the first diocesan priest of Mangaluru diocese to complete his doctorate in Indology.
Fr. Ivan has spent five and a half years at JDV, Pune doing both his masters and doctorate in philosophy.