St. Columba's School, Delhi

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St. Columba's School
St. Columba's
1 Ashok Place


Coordinates28°37′47″N 77°12′21″E / 28.629826°N 77.205954°E / 28.629826; 77.205954
MottoLatin: Sapere aude sincere et constanter
("Dare to be wise, sincere and constant")
Established1941; 79 years ago (1941)
FounderEdmund Ignatius Rice
Number of pupils3500
Color(s)    Green and Gold
PublicationThe Columban
Former pupilsOld Columbans

St. Columba's School, Delhi, India, established in 1941, is one of the 12,000 English medium schools of its kind established by the Indian Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, which was founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice. The school's campus is located in the heart of Delhi and extends over a couple of acres. St. Columba's School alumni include three Rhodes Scholars, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a Forbes 30 Under 30 awardee. Students are referred to as Columbans. The school admits only boys.


St. Columba's was founded in 1941 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. St. Columba's School, New Delhi is one of the 19 Christian Brothers Schools in India. 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Academics and Sciences[edit]

Deepak Chopra, physician, public speaker and New Age writer, Batch of 1963

Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Shah Rukh Khan, actor is an alumnus of St. Columba's School


Diplomats and Bureaucrats[edit]



Ivan Menezes, businessman is an alumnus of St. Columba's School



Senior school[edit]

The senior school building once housed the entire school. Today, the 11th and 12th classes are 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 and badminton court. It has a stage at one end, seating space to accommodate more than 2000 people and stadium-like seating at the far end. It hosts the annual Christmas play that is a major attraction, organised entirely by the students and the faculty. It also hosts the Columban Jindal basketball tournament.

Columban Open Quiz[edit]

The Columban Open Quiz is the premier school quiz of North India, with more than 200 teams participating every year. Started in 1984, The Columban Open Quiz is one of the most prestigious events in the circuit. The winner of the quiz has exclusive bragging rights and a prestigious trophy. It is organised by the Quiz Society of St. Columba's consisting of students and a teacher in charge. The quiz is generally held in August and the quiz society has produced some of the country's top quiz-masters like Derek o'Brien and Adityanath Mubayi.

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Coordinates: 28°37′49″N 77°12′21″E / 28.6302°N 77.2057°E / 28.6302; 77.2057