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Christ University
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Former names
Christ College, Christ University
Motto Excellence and Service
Type Private, Deemed University
Established 15 July 1969; 49 years ago (1969-07-15)
Affiliation Catholic[1]
Officer in charge
Anil Joseph Pinto[1]
Chancellor George Edayadiyil[1]
Vice-Chancellor Thomas C. Mathew[1]
Academic staff
Students 18,535 (2016)[2]
Undergraduates 14,500 (2016)[2]
Postgraduates 4,035 (2016)[2]
Location Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Campus Urban
Language English
Colours Blue, White and Canary[3]
CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Main Campus Gate

Christ University is a private deemed to be university in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Founded in 1969 as an autonomous college, on 22 July 2008 it was declared as an institution deemed to be university under section 3 of UGC Act 1956 by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.[4] The University is under the management of the priests of the Catholic religious order, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). The University has over 18,000 students and more than 800 faculty members.[5] In 2016, the University was accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council with A Grade.[6] In 2017 India Today-Nielsen survey, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) is ranked among the top private universities in India.[7] The university offers nationally and internationally recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in academic disciplines in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Law, Engineering, Business Administration, Commerce, and Management. It offers professional courses in fields including Business Management, Computer Application, Hotel Management, Mass Communication, Social Work, Engineering and Tourism. It has a foreign student community of about 700 from 58 nationalities.[8][9]


CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was born out of the educational vision of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educationalist and social reformer of the nineteenth century in South India.[10] His vision was of bringing education and knowledge to the weakest sections of the society. He initiated school education for the deprived and marginalised classes in the Southern part of the country. [11] He founded the first indigenous Catholic congregation Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), in 1831 which administers CHRIST (Deemed to be University).[10] Established in 1969 as Christ College, the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India conferred Autonomy to the Christ College in 2004[12] and identified it as an institution with Potential for Excellence in 2006.[13] In 2008 under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India, declared the institution a Deemed to be University, in the name and style of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). One of the first institutions in India to be accredited in 1998 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and subsequently in 2004 and 2016, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) has the top Grade 'A' on 4-point scale.[14]

The multi-disciplinary University which focuses on teaching, research and service, offers Bachelors to Doctoral programmes in Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Management, Engineering, Education and Law to over 18000 students.[15] The campus i often proclaimed as a living example for harmonious multiculturalism with students from all the states of the country and from around 72 foreign countries. CHRIST (Deemed to be University) publishes six peer-reviewed journals and has published more than 300 books in Kannada, English and Malayalam.


The University campus was awarded 'Best Institutional Buildings and Garden' award by the Bangalore Urban Arts Commission for three consecutive years between 2000–2002.[citation needed] It also won the 'Best Institutional Garden' instituted by the Mysore Horticulture Society for twenty four consecutive years including 2012.[citation needed] The campus is a zero waste campus and recycles its wet waste and used paper.[16] The campus is cashless with students being provided with smart cards which serve as identity cards and debit cards. The card is issued by the South Indian Bank[17] The university main campus is spread over 25 acres (10 ha) and is part of the 100-acre (40 ha) Dharmaram College Campus in the central part of Bangalore city. The campus is located on the extension of Hosur Road (NH 7) opposite the Bangalore Dairy Flyover.The city campus is placed close to residential localities such as BTM Layout, one of the most popular residential and commercial areas in Bangalore, Koramangala, another large neighborhood and Jayanagar, one of the largest residential neighborhoods in Bangalore. In 2009, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) opened an eco-friendly campus spread over 75 acres at Kengeri on the Bangalore-Mysore highway SH 17 which houses the Faculty of Engineering, PU Residential college, the Institute of Management which offers MBA programmes as well as College of Architecture Which was started officially from 2017. .[18]

CHRIST (Deemed to be University) also has a campus located in Hulimavu on Bannerghatta Road, inaugurated in May 2016.[19] IIM, Bangalore, The Royal Meenakshi Mall and the Bannerghatta National Park are located nearby. A boys' hostel, an auditorium that seats 1500, a mini auditorium that seats 200 and four eateries are located on campus.

The campus offers undergraduate honours and triple major degree programmes in Economics, Psychology, English, Journalism, Business Administration, Political Science, Media Studies and a bachelors and masters programme in tourism and travel management.[20]

Organization and administration[edit]

The university has around 18,000 students from all over India and the world, and around 800+ faculty members.[21] The University is managed by the CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Trust, which in turn is organized and funded by the CMI congregation. The [[Chancellor (education) |Chancellor]] of the university will be always the rector of the Dharmaram Pontifical Seminary.[22] Thus, by assuming the rector's seat, he also assumes the position of the Chancellor as well. Since the position is more of titular in nature, he usually doesn't interfere in the day-to-day activities of the university. Under him comes the Vice Chancellor. He is the one who takes all the decisions which can affect the day to day administrative matters of the university. The present Vice Chancellor Lt. Col Dr Fr Thomas C. Mathew, who holds his doctorate in Chemistry from USA. Though the vice chancellor's position is usually assumed by a priest from the congregation, the person appointed thus will be having all the qualifications and academic experiences as required by the UGC.[23] Under the vice chancellor comes the registrar. Currently, the registrar is Dr Anil Pinto. The financial matters of the university is managed by a Chief Finance Officer. Various deaneries and departments are headed and represented by deans and department heads.


CHRIST (Deemed to be University) offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in academic disciplines classified under the Schools of Law, Education, Sciences, Social Sciences & Languages, Commerce & Management and Engineering.[24] In 2005, the formerly known Christ College (now Christ University) was the first institution in South India to be re-accredited with A by NAAC.[21]

Undergraduate programmes[edit]

BGR Campus Front view

The university offers 46 undergraduate programmes in humanities, social sciences, science, commerce and management, education, Law and engineering. Undergraduate programmes are of three-year duration except in the case of Bachelor of Education (BEd, two years), Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM, four years), Bachelor of Laws (LLB, five years), Bachelor of Technology (BTech, four years) and an integrated BTech/MTech or MBA (five years). Except for Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) programmes follow a Triple Major system.[24]

Wikipedia in the undergraduate programme
Wikipedia workshop for second language students

The institution entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India to make article writing on Wikipedia a core exercise for the continuous internal assessment of its 1600 undergraduate students in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Sanskrit and Urdu.[25] The university produced the first of its kind Wikipedia video tutorials in two languages – Hindi and Kannada. The Hindi and Kannada articles may be found at collection of Hindi articles and collection of Kannada articles

Post-Graduate programmes[edit]

The University offers 47 masters, 17 Master of Philosophy and 21 PhD degree programmes in Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Law, Education, commerce and management, and Engineering. Masters programmes are of two years duration, except for Master of Computer Science and Master of Law which are three years and one-year duration, respectively.


The university has published over 220 books in Kannada, through Kannada Sangha, a non-profit organisation of the university promoting Kannada around the world and publishes six peer reviewed journals:[21] To make wider the base advance, a full-fledged Centre for Publications was started in the year 2001. Two quarterly journals- Artha-Journal of Social Sciences and Mapana-Journal of Sciences and four biannual journals-Ushus-Journals of Business Management, Tatva-Journal of Philosophy, Atna-Journal of Tourism Studies and CULJ-CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Law Journal. Through the Kannada Sangha, 233 books have been published over the past three decades. The focus of these publications is to inculcate the research culture through research articles, scientific papers, review articles, profiles and interviews that are drawn from universities, colleges and research organisations in India and abroad. The Centre also has to its cap several books on higher education, psychology, conference proceedings, Working papers, Monographs, annual report of the university etc.

Some of the notable works are:


The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities [26] and International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) [27]

Notable alumni[edit]

World records[edit]

On 10 January 2011, Christ Junior College, Bangalore, under ensemble director Vineeth Vincent, in an event titled 'Can You Say Beat Box?' created the largest human beatbox ensemble in the Limca Book of Records with 2136 participants.[28][29][30][31]

According to the Guinness World Records, the record for the largest human beatbox ensemble[32] was achieved by CHRIST (Deemed to be University) (India) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, on 5 February 2011 under ensemble director Vineeth Vincent involving 1,246 participants. The record was broken by on 10 December 2013 with 4695 participants.[33]


Christ University was involved in a controversy surrounding the granting of deemed university status. According to norms, before the status is granted, the affiliating university (Bangalore University in this case) and the State Government are required to submit a "No-Objection Certificate" (NoC) to the University Grants Commission (UGC). The state government refused to grant the request for an NoC. The UGC relied on the NoC from Bangalore University and the NoC from the state government was not a requirement and recommended university status to the institution. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India based on the UGC recommendation granted the University status.[34] The institute is now a deemed university.[35][36][37][38][39]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Christ University- By numbers". CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Home Page. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Colours of Hope". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Deemed Universities in Karnataka". Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  5. ^ "Swearing by Student Satisfaction". Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
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  7. ^ "Best Colleges in India 2017 - Top 10 Colleges in India 2017". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  8. ^ Ayesha Aleem (2013-06-14). "Different Keystrokes". Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  9. ^ "International Office" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  10. ^ a b "CHRIST UNIVERSITY". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  11. ^ K, Roshni. "Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara as an eminent social reformer". Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "CHRIST (Deemed to be University)". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  13. ^ "CHRIST UNIVERSITY". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  14. ^ "Christ varsity gets A grade from NAAC". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  15. ^ "Christ University". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  16. ^ PS, Ramya (15 September 2010). "It's time for Bangalore colleges to go green". DNA. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Kumar, Chethan (8 August 2013). "Christ campus goes cashless". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Kengeri Campus". Christ University. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Opens a New Campus on Banneghatta Road". The Hindu. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  20. ^ "CHRIST (Deemed to be University)". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  21. ^ a b c Aleem, Ayesha (24 June 2013). "Different Keystrokes". India Today. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "CHRIST (Deemed to be University)". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  23. ^ "Qualifications for VC". Times of India. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Admissions". Website. Christ University. Archived from the original on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  25. ^ Muzammiluddin, Syed. "Wikipedia at Forefront in CHRIST (Deemed to be University)". Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "Members, Association of Indian Universities". Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  27. ^ "Members, International Federation of Catholic Universities". Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  28. ^ "This world record will be a mouthful". Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  29. ^ "Christ College Sets National Beatboxing Record". Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  30. ^ "CHRIST (Deemed to be University) students attempt record in beatboxing". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  31. ^ "Christ Junior College beatboxers aim to set a new record". Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  32. ^ "Largest human beatbox ensemble". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  33. ^ "Largest human beatbox ensemble". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  34. ^ "Deemed status: Bangalore University breaks its own rules?". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 August 2008. 
  35. ^ "Centre to derecognise 44 deemed universities". Retrieved 22 January 2012. UGC asks 34 blacklisted deemed universities to start functioning]
  36. ^ Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 11:55 [IST] (2014-09-24). "UGC asks 34 blacklisted deemed universities to start functioning". Careerindia. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
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  38. ^ "Pulled up by UGC, Christ University changes name". The Hindu. 2017-11-30. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 
  39. ^ "After UGC's directive, Christ University becomes Christ". The Economic Times. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 

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