Almeda University is now offering online "Doctor of Philosophy in Hinduism". Its announcement says: "Hinduism is a religion of deep history and complex spirituality, with unique philosophical and metaphysical components that are typically explored only on a surface level in Western analysis of religion. Almeda University is proud to fill this disconcerting void by offering a Ph.D. in Hinduism that provides a deep analysis of its historical significance and evolution, core beliefs, cultural impact, worship rituals, and contemporary practice".
It further says: "Almeda graduates will go beyond the basic concepts of karma and varnashrama-dharma by diligently examining the Vedic materials, cycles of life, intense philosophic speculation evidenced in the Upanishads, devas of the cosmos, and how principles of Hinduism are adopted in the Eastern and Western world".
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged major universities of the world to launch research and doctorate programs on Hinduism Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that Hinduism being the oldest religion with a rich philosophical thought and a vast array of scriptures needed more exploration.
Launched in 1997, Almeda University is an online institute that awards doctorate degrees in business and theology besides various master, bachelor and associate degrees, online worldwide except Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Sudan.