Christ University

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Christ University
The Logo of Christ University
Coat of arms
Motto Excellence and Service
Established 15 July 1969
Type Private
Vice-Chancellor Dr Fr Thomas C Mathew, CMI[1]
Students 12000
Location Bangalore, Karnataka, India
12°56′5″N 77°36′19″E / 12.93472°N 77.60528°E / 12.93472; 77.60528Coordinates: 12°56′5″N 77°36′19″E / 12.93472°N 77.60528°E / 12.93472; 77.60528
Campus Urban
Christ University
Inside view of Main Auditorium

Christ University is a private 'Deemed to be University' in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Founded in 1969, it is managed by the priests of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous Syrian Catholic religious congregation in India. The college was granted 'Deemed to be University' status in 2008. It is one of the leading institutions in India and is usually listed as one of the best in most educational surveys. In 2014 India Today-Nielsen survey, Christ University was ranked in the top 10 in Science, Arts, Commerce and Law. In 2014 India Today ranking, Christ University ranked 1st in BBA, 6th in Arts, 4th in Science and 4th in Commerce and 10th in Law .[2]

Aerial view of the block one, block two and main library of Christ University

The university offers a range of nationally and internationally recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in a variety of academic disciplines including Law, Business Administration, Commerce, Management, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. In addition, it offers professional courses in a number of fields including Business Management, Computer Application, Hotel Management, Mass Communication, Social Work, Engineering and Tourism. It is one of the favorite destinations of foreign students with a growing foreign student community of 2,384 in 2014.[3][4]

Christ College was recognised by the University Grants Commission of India, (UGC) on 17 June 1972. It was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC), a UGC-funded body, in 1998 and reaccredited in 2005. Christ College has the distinction of being the first college in the state of Karnataka to be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), for quality education. It is currently rated an A+ institution by the NAAC and was recognised as a College with Potential for Excellence.[5]


The University campus was awarded 'Best Institutional Buildings and Garden' award by the Bangalore Urban Arts Commission for three consecutive years between 2000–2002. 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.[6] The University campus is a cashless campus with all students being provided with smart cards which serve the dual purpose of being identity cards and debit cards.This smart ATM card, which also acts as the ID cards,is issued by South Indian Bank[7]


The Christ University campus consists of 6 blocks, namely block 1, block 2, block 3, block 4, central block, Audi block. Block 1 houses first year B.A, B.SC students and it was the main building of Christ college before it became a University. Block 2 houses and certain batches of B.Sc. Block 3 accommodates professional students. Block 4 accommodates tourism studies and honors programs. Central block consists of Post Graduate classes, School of Law and the main offices of the university, namely vice chancellor's office, university office and IPM. It also lodges the Knowledge center, which consists of 1,80,000 books and more than 400 journals and publications from across the world.[8] Audi block consists of Christ PU College and Christ Main Auditorium, which can accommodate 4,000 people at a time.


The main campus has Jonas Hall which accommodates 300 female students while Christ Hall accommodates 260 male students. Devadan Hall on Kengeri campus accommodates 1000 male students while Christ Hostel accommodates 200 post graduate female students. University also runs boys hostels outside the campus which can lodge a total of 500 students.[citation needed]

Organization and administration[edit]

The university's main campus is spread over a large area of 25 acres (10 ha) and is part of the 100-acre (40 ha) Dharmaram College Campus in the central part of Bangalore city. This campus is located on the extension of Hosur Road (NH 7) opposite the Bangalore Dairy Flyover.

In 2009, Christ 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 and the Christ University Institute of Management (CUIM). The city campus is placed close to residential localities such as BTM Layout, which is one of the most popular residential and commercial places in Bangalore, Koramangala, another large neighbourhood and Jayanagar, one of the largest residential neighbourhoods in Bangalore.

The University has around 12000 students from all over India and some parts of the world and around 500 faculty members.[9]


Christ 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.[10] 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.[9]

Undergraduate programme[edit]

The University offers 45 undergraduate programmes in humanities, social sciences, science, commerce and management, law, education, 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.[10]

Wikipedia in UG programme[edit]

Wikipedia workshop for second language students

The Institution entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India (CIS) 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. The state-of-the-art university which also has a recording studio, produced the first of its kind Wikipedia video tutorials in two languages – Hindi and Kannada.[11]

The Hindi and Kannada articles may be found at collection of Hindi articles and collection of Kannada articles

Graduate programme[edit]

The University offers 44 masters, 16 Master of Philosophy and 17 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.

Higher education rankings[edit]

India Today had conducted a survey and rated the institutions of higher education in India on several parameters and the rankings till the year 2015 are summarised in the two tables. The BBA and BCA programmes are rated among the best in India. The university ranking has moved up from thirty one in 2012 to twenty three in 2013. Though it is a private university it has been featured under surveys that consider government universities as well.[12]

In the survey of private deemed universities, India Today[13] ranked Christ University in the first position for the year 2015.

India Today ranking of universities [12]
Year Rank
2015 11
2014 18
2013 23
2012 31
India Today higher education ranking [14]
Course Rank 2005 Rank 2006 Rank 2007 Rank 2008 Rank 2009 Rank 2010 Rank 2011 Rank 2012 Rank 2013 Rank 2014 Rank 2015
Bachelor of Business Administration NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 1 1 1
Bachelor of Computer Application NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 1 1 1
Mass Communication NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 3 3 3
Science 10 10 10 8 13 7 6 6 4 4 3
Commerce NA NA 5 6 4 5 5 6 5 4 4
Humanities NA 12 8 6 6 8 5 6 10 6 4
Law NA NA NA NA NA NA 15 16 13 12 12

The Week in association with Hansa research conducted the Week-Hansa research survey and the rankings are listed for 2015 in the table

The Week-Hansa research survey 2015[15]
Course Rank 2015
Arts 9
Commerce 6
Science 8
Law 26
Hotel Management 15


Christ University is part of the University Studies Abroad Consortium(USAC).[16]

Christ University has collaborations with Western Michigan University, Catholic University of America and Baldwin Wallace University in the USA, Swansea University, Sheffield Hallam University, Liverpool Hope University in the UK, Griffith University in Australia, Lille Catholic University in France and NHTV University of Applied Sciences in Netherland. MoU for exchange programmes were signed with six Korean universities in 2013.[9]

India Gateway Programme[edit]

The India gateway program (IGP) is a short stay program specially designed for foreign students to experience India.[17][18]


There are two libraries in the city campus: the main library and the 'Knowledge Centre' which is spread across the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the central block.[9]


The University offers research programmes in the form of one and half year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programmes and 5 year PhD programmes. The Centre for Research Projects offers grants to faculty members for Major Research Projects and Minor Research Projects, Monographs and Working Papers.


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:[9]

Traditions and student activities[edit]

Bhasha utsav[edit]

Bhasha utsav is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural festival with the main features being Dollukunita, thunder dance and bayalata. The festival showcases the cultural traditions of the country.[19] Past years have seen Garudi Gombe, Chenda Singaram Melam, Kalaripayattu, Vedic Chanting, Thiruvathirakkali, Rabindra Sangeet, Thiruvathirakkali, the Kerala Nadanam, a pure blend of Mohiniyattom and Kathakali. This is one day in the year where students wear their ethnic clothes and dance to the musicians beats on the campus.[20]


The University has an active theatre group which organises yearly productions. 'The Anointing'(2014) was the biggest production so far.[21]


The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities.[22]



  • Prof. C. Srinivasaraju, Founder of Kannada Sangha[23]
  • Prof. P. Krishnaswami, Central Sahitya Akademi awardee for the translation of Purnachandra Tejaswi's Kannada novel Chidambara Rahasya, to Tamil[24]
  • Dr Sudha Murty, Chairperson Infosys Foundation[25]



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.[31][32][33][34]

According to the Guinness World Records, the record for the largest human beatbox ensemble[35] was achieved by Christ University (India) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, on 5 February 2011 under ensemble director Vineeth Vincent involving 1,246 participants. This record was broken by Shlomo on 14 November 2011 with 2,081 participants.[36]


Christ University is 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) is required to submit a "No-Objection Certificate" (NoC) to the UGC. The state government refused to grant the request for a NoC, and Bangalore University did not send an official NoC either. Instead, the UGC relied on ambiguous text in a letter from Bangalore University's registrar.[37] This led to the inclusion of Christ University in a list of 44 universities that were to be derecognised as deemed universities.[38] In the final evaluation done by UGC in July 2014, UGC cleared Christ University from the list of 44 Universities.[39][40]

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