St Joseph's College, Darjeeling

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St Joseph's College
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Motto Sursum Corda
Established 1888
Type College (Co-educational)
Principal Fr. Dr. Donatus Kujur, S.J.
Location Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Campus Urban

St Joseph's College is a government-aided, Christian minority, co-educational college in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. The college campus is located about 3 km north from downtown Darjeeling. The college was established in 1888 along with the School Department and was affiliated to Calcutta University in 1927. In 1962, with the establishment of the University of North Bengal, the college was affiliated to this university. Besides offering undergraduate courses in liberal arts, commerce and science, it also offers undergraduate studies in business administration and computer application. A masters degree in English has been offered from 2006.

St. Joseph's College expands the potential of students through various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Some of the basic organization that the University has are AICUF, NSS, NCC, Rotaract Club, Current Affairs Forum,etc


The College in 1894

In 1927, the College was affiliated to the Calcutta University. By 1949 the college was fully accredited to offer courses in B.A. and B.Sc. Later, in 1962 with the establishment of the University of North Bengal the college was affiliated to that university. In 1963, the college moved out of the school premises into the present site. The college is now in the 82nd year of its service.

Courses offered[edit]

Honours in English, Nepali, Political Science, Economics, History, Botany, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Accountancy, M.A. in English B.Sc Microbiology (Honours), B.Sc Computer Science (Honours and General), Bachelor of Computer Applications (B.C.A.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) B.A. Mass Communication and Journalism (Honours and General) - self-financed courses. Besides these the college offers eleven different Career-Oriented Programmes as add-on courses.

Notable alumni[edit]

Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

Student life[edit]

The students and staff are involved in various co-curricular activities like National Cadets Corps (NCC), Current Affairs Forum, National Service Scheme, Nature Club, AICUF, Women's Cell, Career Guidance Cell, etc. The research centre for studies in Rural Economy, Appropriate Technology and Environment(CREATE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI), University of Indiana, USA. Another Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the University of Manitoba in October 2002.


National Cadet Corps (NCC): Students interested in a military career, in their character formation and training in disciplined life are encouraged to join the college units of the NCC (Boys and Girls).

National Service Scheme (NSS): Students interested in social-service and welfare by helping the less privileged people in society, team building, character formation and service to the college are encouraged to join the college unit of the NSS.

All India Catholic University Students Federation (AICUF.): Students who like to develop a critical and creative approach to life, involve in studies and activities linked to broader social issues and struggles with a view to become a constructive force within the college and outside, are encouraged to join the AICUF unit, irrespective of their religions.

Women’s Cell: It has been set up as part of the AICUF to bring about greater awareness and responsibility among students about issues affecting women, keeping in mind the motto of AICUF “we were born in an unjust world and we will not leave it as we have found it”. Girl Students are encouraged to join the Women’s Cell to become a creative task force to bring about equality in our Society.

Current Affairs Forum (CAF): It aims to make our students aware of the changing socio-political, cultural and economic trends by organizing seminars, wall paper magazines and project work.

Nature Club: This club was set up to generate environmental awareness amongst members of the College community through participation in various activities in and around the college.

Career Guidance Cell: The Career Guidance Cell was set up in 2004 with the twin objectives of organizing campus recruitment interviews and helping students with higher studies.

Information and Technology Club (ITC): The ITC is organized and conducted by the Department of Computer Science /Application. ITC tries to bring about awareness about the latest developments in the field of IT through seminars, quiz and other such programmes.

Film Club: Established in May 2004, the Film Club is the forum that enables the students energize the meaning of education. Its logo is FFOCUS- Film Focus on Challenging Unjust Society and its aims are:

             i.   Upgrading the relevance of education at the undergraduate level,
             ii. To sensitize the academic community to the structural biases in society,
             iii. To promote current debates centering visual representation,
             iv. To build visual archives in the hills, particularly in respect to its history and developments.

Management Club: The Management Club was started by the Department of BBA to learn the skills of management through practical exercises, and exposure to various industries through industrial visits.

Lab Assisted Personality Schooling (LAPS): LAPS aims at using a language lab to improve one’s language skills in order to be effective listener and communicator. Through film reviews and group discussions the learners can learn social etiquette and other soft skills leading to personality development.

Sports and Games: Sports and games are part of College life. These are organized seasonally and all students are encouraged to take part in them.

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