Hindus laud Canada’s Carleton University for program in Religion & Public Life

Hindus have applauded Carleton University of Ottawa for announcing Canada’s reportedly first graduate program in Religion and Public Life.


Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was a powerful and complex component of human life and it was wonderful that this new program of Carleton was planning to focus on the study of social and political aspects of religion from historical, contemporary and comparative perspectives. He hoped that more Canadian universities would launch graduate and research programs in various aspects of religion in the near future.


Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Carleton to give Hinduism its due place in the Program as Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought. If needed, Zed offered to help Carleton in Hinduism and related areas.


Beginning in Fall 2011, this Master of Arts degree program in Religion and Public Life will reportedly approach the issues both from domestic and international vantage points. Angela Sumegi is the Religion Advisor, Farhang Rajaee is Director of College of Humanities, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte is Carleton President, while Herb Gray is the Chancellor. Carleton, founded in 1942, offers 65 programs serving over 25, 000 students from over 100 countries.