St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli

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St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College Church, Tiruchirappalli.jpg
Motto “Pro Bono Et Vero”
Motto in English
For the Good and the True
Established 1844; 171 years ago (1844)
Type Autonomous
Location Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Affiliations Bharathidasan University

St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli (SJC) is a Jesuit-founded college in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. St.Joseph's College is an affiliated First Grade College of the Bharathidasan University. It was established in 1844 by the Fathers of Society of Jesus (The Jesuits).


St.Joseph's College was established in 1844 by the Fathers of Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). It is one of the very oldest institute in the World. Among all St.Joseph's Colleges, it is 3rd oldest institute. It was affiliated to Madras University in 1869. The College celebrated its centenary in 1944, sesquicentenary in 1995 and acquired the Five Star status, awarded by National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC) in 2000. It was recognised by UGC as a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) in 2004 and was Accredited with A Grade [3rd Cycle] by NAAC in 2012. The College is owned by the Society of St.Joseph's, a body registered under Societies Regulation Act(1860), having its office at Tiruchirappalli. This Jesuit college trains young men and women of quality to be leaders in all walks of life so that they may serve the people of the nation in truth, justice and love.

Coat of arms[edit]

“The college blazon is not the heirloom of an ancient and noble family handed down with pride of name and glorious memories of the past. It is only distinctive badge expressing its aim and ideal. It bears azure, with the Trichinipoly rock and the college church for distinctive features. The conspicuous palm tree in the middle is the emblem of the east. It bears in fesses a bow and above it, is the monogram of the Society of Jesus. Its crest is a royal crown and a Lilly issuant, both in the honour of the college patron, St. Joseph, the crown signify that he was of David’s royal blood and the lily to signify his spotless purity. Thus the whole in ordinary language would read: the college of St. Joseph is conducted by the Fathers of the Society of Jesus, at Trichinipoly in the east. The motto “PRO BONO ET VERO” (For the Good and the True) indicates the idea which the teachers and the taught should ever keep before their eyes as the goal of their efforts in the field of education namely moral and intellectual formation.[1]

Student training[edit]

  • Courses on personality development
  • Courses on leadership
  • Courses on human rights
  • Involvement in outreach neighborhood programme
  • Participation in human rights issues
  • Training in critical thinking
  • Creating environmental awareness
  • Training in civics and duties of a citizen
  • Training in multi-religious tolerance
  • Training to work as a team

Milestones of St.Joseph's College

Year Achievement
1844 Founded at Nagapattinam
1866 Affiliated to the University of Madras
1883 Transferred to Tiruchirappalli
1885 Blessing of our Lady of Lourdes Church
1896 Semi-boarding, hostels
1907 Construction of Lawley Hall
1945 College Centenary celebrations
1973 Evening College
1978 Autonomy conferred
1982 Affiliation to Bharathidasan University
1986 SHEPHERD Programme
1994 Vocational courses
1995 College Sesquicentennial celebrations
2000 Five Star status by NAAC
2001 Choice-based credit system
2003 Autonomy: Silver Jubilee
2004 Made "College with Potential for Excellence"
2006 Nationally re-accredited with A+ Grade
2012 Nationally Accredited at A Grade [3rd Cycle]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • M. Pradeep Kumar, Copy Editor in Lumina Datamatics
  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India.[2]
  • K. Vijay Kumar, Senior Security Adviser in Home Ministry
  • Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1983
  • Sir Chandrashekhar Venkat Raman, Nobel Laureate, 1929, Physics.
  • A. J. John, Anaparambil, chief minister of Travancore-Cochin.[3]
  • Sandilyan, writer[4]
  • Sujatha Rangarajan, writer
  • S. Ashok Kumar, judge, Madras High Court and Andhra Pradesh High Court
  • A. Srinivasa Raghavan, Tamil writer
  • Srirangam Kannan, Morsing Vidwan, Carnatic Musician
  • S.A. Ashokan, Famous for Villain roles in Tamil Film.[5]
  • V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar, historian, Indologist and Dravidologist
  • Prabhu Solomon, Film Director[6]
  • Thomas Rathnam.(B.Sc I), B.E, BGL, Film Music Composer, Writer, Publisher & Industrialist,[7][8]
  • D. Napoleon, Actor and former Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Vasanth, Film Director[9]
  • G.B. Subramanian, General Manager Southern Region, Airports Authority of India.
  • Dr. P. Prabhakar, I.A.S. Chief Secretary of Govt of Kerala
  • Dr. P.Thirumalvalavan, former Registrar, Bharathiar university, Coimbatore
  • P.Karikalvalavan, APO-SSA, Tamil Nadu.
  • Dr. V. Murugesan, H.O.D. of Chemistry Dept of College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai
  • Er. D. Varadharajan, Chief General Manager of Tamil Nadu Circle of BSNL
  • D.Irudayasamy, Deputy General Manager of BSNL
  • P.K. Palanisamy, T. Adhivarahan, G. Dhanabalan and K.T.Rathnavelu are the Engineers of BSNL
  • Dr. Lakshmanan Venkatasburamanian (Ramani), Chemist and Founder of Ecomotif Solutions and iVeda Solutions (Bangalore)
  • Parthasarathy Rajan, Accounts & Management, Senior Officer with Securities & Exchange Commission, USA
  • Narasimhan Krishnan, Physicist and a pioneer in computer software programming
  • Natarajan Rajagopalan, COO, Zenith Software Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India
  • Dewan Bahadur L D Swamikannu Pillai MA BL LLB CIE, Indian Administrator, Historian, Astronomer, Linguist
  • N.Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner of India and President of Vivekananda Educational Society.
  • Shri M. Savarimuthu, former General Manager / Circle Head, Indian Bank. Served as Circle Head of Mumbai, Pondicherry, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Nagercoil and Kanyakumari districts.

College Museum[edit]

Rev.Fr. Castets S.J. in 1881 was its first curator; he collected extensive specimens, and sent some collections abroad. The names of Rev.Frs. Honore and Bertram are associated with the beginning of the museum. In fact collecting for the museum cost the latter an eye! Among the more active curators were Rev.Fr.L.V.Newton (1906-1913), C.Leigh (1913-1934), L.M.Balam(1937–65) and B.J.Coyle(1965-1971). What is astonishing is that none of these meticulous workers has left an account of the beginning and development of the museum, not even in the unusually comprehensive Centenary Volume.

The holdings are varied indeed; besides fauna (mammals, birds, snakes, fishes, lizards, chameleons, scorpions, spiders, butterflies, and moths) are very interesting antiques: two bricks from Babylon, 650 B.C.; a Roman lamp; stone arrow-heads 2000 years old; 2 pieces of wood from the London bridge burnt in 1230; an autograph letter of Queen Victoria and old weapons from world war I. These holdings deserve to be laid out in at least 10 times the present floor space for a meaningful and educative display according to current methods of museology.


  1. ^ The College Centenary Memorial 1945. 
  2. ^ A P J Adbul Kalam with Arun Tiwari (2008). Wings of fire. Universities Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-81-7371-146-6. 
  3. ^ "A. J. John, Anaparambil". Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sandilyan". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "S. A. Ashokan". Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
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Coordinates: 10°49′46.47″N 78°41′25.25″E / 10.8295750°N 78.6903472°E / 10.8295750; 78.6903472