The University has launched a new course on Inter-religious Studies, with the objective of enabling preachers and practitioners of different faiths in Mauritius to learn about the faith of other members of the community. This will help them to better understand and appreciate the religions of others, and thereby better preach their own religion. Since Mauritius is a multi-religious country, it is very important that our preachers do not trample over the toes of their neighbours, but with better understanding, have a broader view of their own practices. It is hoped that the course will be extended as a General Elective Module for students next year.
The course is meant to highlight the common values in all religions practiced here, and aim at promoting these values amidst the population at large. People need to get out of their self-imposed barriers, and appreciate the spiritual culture of the neighbours. Only through this can we bring greater mutual understanding and acceptance, and thereby harmony and peace.
This launch was made to coincide with the celebration of the United Nations Day on International Peace on 21st September 2010.
Prof S Jugessur
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman UoM Council