St. Columba's School, Delhi
St. Columba's School
|Ashok Palace, New Delhi, Gole Market, India|
|Motto||Sapere aude sincere et constanter
|Principal||Br. M.R.Beddoe , CFC|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
St. Columba's School, Delhi, India, was established in 1941, one of twelve thousand English Medium schools of its kind conducted by the Indian Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers which was founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice, a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist. It has followed the CBSE system of education. The campus of St. Columba's School is located in the heart of Delhi and extends over a couple of acres. St. Columba's School alumni include 2 Rhodes Scholars and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Students are referred to as Columbans. The school admits only boys. Famous celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Kunal Nayyar have passed out from St.Columbas. The school has completed 75 years.
Officially opened on 31 April 1941, St. Columba's School began with 32 boys in New Delhi next to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, admitting through class 6. It was one of the first schools in India to introduce computer education. The junior school opened in 1942, at the site of what previously had been a rose garden.
St. Columba's was founded in 1941, by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Catholic society from Ireland that has undertaken missionary and educational work worldwide. This group, also informally known as the Christian Brothers, was founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice. St. Columba's School, New Delhi is one of the 19 Christian Brothers Schools in India.
Academics & Science
- Deepak Chopra, 1963, physician, public speaker, writer and New Age spiritual guru.
- Nitin Nohria, 1980, 10th and current dean of Harvard Business School, where he was named the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration.
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, Rhodes Scholar, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer; he is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University.
- Rajeev Motwani, Gödel Prize winner, former Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.
- Mahesh Rangarajan, Rhodes Scholar and Professor of History at Ashoka University.
Arts & Entertainment
- Shah Rukh Khan, 1984, Indian actor, named "the world's biggest movie star" by the Los Angeles Times, was also a winner of the Sword of Honor, the highest accolade a graduating senior can achieve.
- Kunal Nayyar, actor; best known for his role as "Raj Koothrappali" on the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
- Keith Sequeira, actor and model
- Anubhav Srivastava, 2004, filmmaker (Carve Your Destiny)
- Arjun Mathur, actor
- Cyrus Sahukar, VJ/actor
- Mukul Dev, actor
- Palash Sen, singer (Euphoria)
- Rahul Dev, model/actor
- Sudeep Sen, author/poet
- Derek Bose, author/journalist
- Vinil Mathew, ad-filmmaker and Bollywood director
- George Chakravarthi, artist
- Rahul Gandhi, politician, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress, son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Vice President of the Indian National Congress and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi
- Sanjay Gandhi, Indian National Congress politician and son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
- Abhishek Manu Singhvi, 1975, politician, spokesperson for the Indian National Congress.
- Najeeb Jung, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, ex vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
- Anil Shastri, politician, former member of Lok Sabha representing the Indian National Congress.
- Derek O'Brien,Indian television personality and Member of Parliament
- Mahesh Rangarajan, historian and political analyst
- Gaurav Gogoi, Member of Parliament
- Jayant Sinha, Minister of State, Finance, Government of India, Member of Parliament
- Sharik Currimbhoy,1998, CEO of Shahnaz Herbal Group and Element Capital, Political Activist
- Piyush Gupta, 1976, CEO and Director of DBS Bank
- Lalit Suri, 1963, former Chairman/Managing Director of Bharat Hotels Limited.
- Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of Naukri.Com
- Vivek Paul, former vice-chairman of Wipro, Consulting Professor of Radiology at Stanford University, and founder of KineticGlue, a cloud based computing company.
- Deep Kalra, founder of MakeMyTrip
- Sanjay Jain, Most sought out CEO Times Of India
- Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems (parent company of Java.)
- Amreshwar Pratap Singh, Brigadier, 1967, recipient of the Sena Medal-Gallantry, Bar to Sena Medal-Gallantry and Vishisht Seva Medal medals, International yachtsman, member of the First Indian Sailing Expedition Around the World on Trishna 1985-87, National Coach and International Race Officer
- Rana Chhina, eminent military historian and ex-officer of the Indian Air Force.
- Ashish Bagai, former captain, and keeper-batsman of the Canadian Cricket team.
- Mansher Singh, 1985, sport shooter, Olympic athlete
- Arun Lal, cricketer and commentator
The senior school building once housed the entire school. Today, the 11th and 12th classes are to be found here along with a library, science laboratories and the administration wing. On the first floor were the residences of the Christian Brothers, which were shifted to the Provincialate Wing in 2011.
Edmund Rice Hall
The Edmund Rice Hall (ERH) has an indoor basketball cum badminton court. It has a stage at one end, seating space to accommodate more than 2000 people and stadium-like step seating at the far end. It hosts the annual Christmas Play that is a major attraction, being organised entirely by the students and the faculty. It also hosts the Columban Jindal basketball tournament.
Columban Open Quiz
The Columban Open Quiz, organised by St. Columba's School every August, features almost 250 teams of four members each. Started in 1987, it was earlier organised in the Diocesan Community Centre close to St. Columba's School (SCS), but from 2001 onwards it has been in the ERH, a multipurpose hall located near the Middle School. Since 2007, the finals and semi-finals have been held in the Junior School Hall. It is organised by a team comprising Senior School teachers and current Quiz Society from the Senior School of SCS, while the Preliminary Rounds, which are written, and then the Quarter-Finals are set by the members of the last Quiz Society. The 2015 edition ended with "When in Doubt, say PA" (Shubham Sarcar, Anahida Bhardwaj, Abhimanyu Sinha and Aryaman Dubey) and "Default 240" (Aditya Sengupta, Hibah Mirza, Aneesh Gupta and Akshay Gupta) bagging the winners and runners-up positions respectively, with both teams being from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram.
- St. Columba's School, Delhi
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