St. Columba's School, Delhi

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Schola Columbae
St. Columba's School
Ashok Palace, New Delhi, Gole Market, India
Type Private
Motto Sapere aude sincere et constanter
(We Care)
Principal Br. M.R.Beddoe , CFC
Faculty 80+
Grades KG-12
Enrollment 2800+
Color(s) Green      and Gold     
Affiliation CBSE

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. The school admits only boys. Famous celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Nayyar and Keith Sequiera and many others have passed out from St.Columbas.[1] Students are referred to as Columbans.



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.

The Founding[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Academics & Science[edit]

Shah Rukh Khan, actor is an alumnus of St. Columba's School
Rahul Gandhi, politician and member of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, is an alumnus of St. Columba's School

Arts & Entertainment[edit]

  • 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.[6]
Deepak Chopra, physician, public speaker and New Age writer, Batch of 1963
Kunal Nayyar, known for his role as Raj Koothrappali on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is an alumnus of St. Columba's School





  • 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[15]


Senior School[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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