The VET consisting of Dr. Graham Aylett, CAED Coordinator for Central Asia; Dr. Bal Krishna Sharma, Principal of the Nepal Theological College, Kathmandu; and Mr. Anwarul Azad, Director of the Institute for Classical Languages, Bangladesh visited the College of Christian Theology Bangladesh (CCTB) on November 23-25, 2015.
The College of Christian Theology Bangladesh was established on July 25, 1968 by representatives from sixteen national church bodies and mission bodies. CCTB thus became the first interdenominational theological training institute in the country. The College was based in Dhaka and moved to a number of locations before settling in Savar in 1984. The first courses offered were at Certificate level, followed by Diploma level courses. These courses were taught in two weekly or monthly seminars. To meet the needs of the growing churches, the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program began in 1976. Since then, more than four thousand five hundred students from different denominations have studied in the program. The first national Principal was Rev. Dr. Simon Sircar, who led CCTB from 1985-2006. In 1992 a ten-month residential component was added to the section studied through TEE, creating a mixed-delivery B.Th. program. This program was first accredited by ATA in 1997. In 2005 an M.A. in Christian Studies was added in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Theology, Bangalore, India.
The mission of CCTB is to equip men and women through theological training, mentoring, and practical ministry to be servant leaders and scholar saints acting as salt and light amongst their communities. CCTB offers Bachelor of Theology and Master of Arts in Christian Studies.