The program marks a significant step in the University’s effort to implement program of research and teaching which cover the whole range of fundamental human problems and possibilities. It is the introduction of the scientific study of religion into the system of higher education in Thailand, and is based of the belief that religion, like other human experiences, can be studied, analyzed and criticised. The program is intended to serve two important factors. In the first place, it would help encourage and promote greater interest in the discipline of religious studies that has the same relation to religion as sociology has to the structure an d dynamics of social life. Secondly, it would serve to acquaint students who are preparing for particular professions such as law, teaching and medicine with the insights and resources of the great religious traditions. The contents of th e courses are intended to enrich and broaden the students’ knowledge concerning both their own beliefs and the faiths of the others. It is also hoped that these contents would be of great value to the students as they struggle to find the kind of purposes and meanings in life and enable them to use their technical knowledge and teaching in more creative and socially productive ways.