Claretian Ashram was established in the Gandhian city of Wardha as a study house for students of Philosophy in 1989. Geographically it is situated in the diocese of Chanda in Maharashra. The original vision of starting a study house in the heartland of India was to impart an inculturated formation for the students from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This centre had a humble beginning with Frs. Alexander Kureekattil and John Paikattu and five students in a small shed in the Rajiv Nagar village of Sawangi Meghe Panchayat. In the beginning (from 1989 to 1996) the students of Claretain Ashram attended classes at the Darsana Institute of Philosophy, taking part in the two-year Philosophy programme run by the CMI Congregation. In June 1996, the Claretian Ashram study house was raised to the status of College of Philosophy as to combine the study of both Philosophy and Graduation. On 16 July 1997 it was formally blessed by Mar Vijay Anand, Bishop of Chanda and inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Mathew Pottemparambil, Provincial of Bangalore Province. From 2003 Claretian Ashram also gives initial formation for the aspirants form this region.
Now Claretian Ashram offers three-year course in philosophy, which matches with the recognized course of philosophy at St Peters Pontifical Institute in Bangalore. All important branches of philosophy, both Eastern and Western thoughts are introduced to the students with special emphasis placed on the Scholastic Philosophy, propounded by St Thomas Aquinas, St Anslem and St Bonaventure. In Systematic Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Man, Science and Religion and Comparative Religion are dealt with. Eastern thought starting from Vedic Philosophical System and world religion like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam etc. are taught to help the students to enter into meaningful dialogue with other religious, cultures and traditions. Analysis of Indian society, Social Doctrines of the Church, Liturgy, Catechetics, and priestly formation form part of the curriculum. Inputs on communication skills, public speaking, mass media and information technology assure the effective growth of the students in those areas. Bedsides the resident staff, visiting professors form various Institutes from part of the faculty.Claretian Ashram aims at achieving integral development of the students to make them effective missionaries. The institute strives to provide a mission oriented formation in union and conformity with Claretian Charism. The emblem of the college symbolizes the ardent pursuit of Wisdom, Love and Service that constitute the foundational values of the world religions like Hinduism, Buddhiam, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. The motto of the Institute is Hrudyastha Seva Dhirastha Vidya which is translated as Wisdom leads to loving service.
The Institute places special emphasis on the following areas of formation: Maturity in faith and reflection and in intellectual, literary and cultural formation. A comprehensive view of metaphysical wisdom integrated with faith and human sciences geared towards the organic vision of life. Discernment of pedagogical and pastoral initiatives Openness to people and social realities, Social and inter-religious activities Cordi-Marian and Claretian dimensions Mission exposure programs All efforts are taken to develop Claretian Ashram into a major philosophical institute in the future.
College of Philosophy and Graduation Center
Formation of students of Postulancy,Pre-Novitate and Minor seminary
Pastoral care of Christ the king Church,Hinganghat
Village development and social awareness program
Programs of In-culturation
Promotion of inter-religious dialogue and co-operation
Pastoral and religious service