St. Columba's School, Delhi
|St. Columba's School|
1 Ashok Place
|Motto||Latin: Sapere aude sincere et constanter|
("Dare to be wise, sincere and constant")
|Founder||Edmund Ignatius Rice|
|Number of pupils||3500|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Former pupils||Old 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.
Academics and Sciences
- Deepak Chopra, 1963, physician, public speaker, writer and New Age spiritual guru
- Sanjiv Chopra, 1964, physician, Professor of Medicine and former Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School
- Rajeev Motwani, Gödel Prize winner, former Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University
- Randeep Guleria, 1975, surgeon, Padma Shri awardee
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, Rhodes Scholar, Padma Shri, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer; Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University
- Nitin Nohria, 1980, 10th and current dean of Harvard Business School, where he was named the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration
- Pradipta Banerji, Professor and Director IIT Roorkee
- Mahesh Rangarajan, Rhodes Scholar and Professor of History at Ashoka University
- Suhas Pandurang Sukhatme, Padma Shri, Director of IIT Bombay, Chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
- Pradeep Dubey, game theorist, Professor of Economics at SUNY, Stony Brook
- Vijay Balasubramanian, theoretical physicist, Professor of Physics and Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania
Arts and Entertainment
- Shah Rukh Khan, 1985, Padma Shri, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Legion d'honneur, Indian actor
- Ritvik Arora, 2015, actor
- George Chakravarthi, artist
- Mukul Dev, actor
- Rahul Dev, model and actor
- Vinil Mathew, ad-filmmaker and Bollywood director
- Gaurav Chopra, actor
- Arjun Mathur, actor
- Kunal Nayyar, actor; best known for his role as Raj Koothrappali on the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory
- Sanam Puri, Bollywood singer and independent artist
- Cyrus Sahukar, VJ and actor
- Palash Sen, singer (Euphoria)
- Sudeep Sen, author/poet
- Keith Sequeira, actor and model
- Samir Kochhar, actor and television presenter known for being the host of the Indian Premier League
- Anubhav Srivastava, 2004, filmmaker
- Amit Khanna, film executive, filmmaker, lyricist, winner of National Film Award for Best Lyrics in 1995
- Vibhav Roy, actor, model
- Tarun Jain, writer, actor
- Ali Kazimi, filmmaker and writer
- Amit Khanna Writer, Poet, Film maker, Entrepreneur, Media Guru.
- Rahul Gandhi, politician, son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi; Former President of the Indian National Congress and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi
- Sanjay Gandhi, Indian National Congress politician; son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
- Gaurav Gogoi, Member of Parliament
- Derek O'Brien, Indian television personality and Member of Parliament
- Anil Shastri, politician, former member of Lok Sabha representing the Indian National Congress.
- Jayant Sinha, Minister of State, Finance, Government of India; Member of Parliament
- Abhishek Manu Singhvi, 1975, politician, spokesperson for the Indian National Congress
- Adarsh Shastri, politician belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party
- Suneet Chopra, politician, trade unionist, belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
- Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister of the State of Meghalaya
- Sidharth Nath Singh, Minister of Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh 
Diplomats and Bureaucrats
- Ajit Seth, 30th Cabinet Secretary of India
- Najeeb Jung, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, ex-vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
- Vijay Keshav Gokhale, 32nd Foreign Secretary of India
- Rahul Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh
- Gopalaswami Parthasarathy, India's Ambassador to Myanmar
- Deepak Vohra, India's Ambassador to Armenia
- Manjeev Singh Puri, India's Ambassador to Brussels and Nepal
- Sanjay Bhattacharya, India's Ambassador to Egypt and Turkey
- Badar Durrez Ahmed, Chief Justice High Court of Jammu and Kashmir
- Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India
- Justice B. P. Singh, Justice of Supreme Court of India
- Ivan Menezes, 1975, CEO of Diageo
- Suresh Kumar, Director-General U.S. Foreign Commercial Service
- Romesh Wadhwani, 1962, Padma Shri, Founder of Symphony Technology Group
- Sanjeev Bikhchandani, 1981, Padma Shri, Founder and CEO of Naukri.com
- Piyush Gupta, 1976, CEO and Director of DBS Bank
- Ajay Singh, 1984, founder and Chairman, SpiceJet
- Asim Ghosh, 1963, former CEO of Husky Energy, an integrated Canadian oil and gas company and former CEO of Vodafone Essar.
- Victor Menezes, Senior Vice Chairman, Citigroup
- Lalit Modi, businessman, cricket administrator
- Lalit Suri, hotelier and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament
- Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Apollo Tyres
- Patu Keswani, Chairman and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotels
- Sumant Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director of ReNew Power
- Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO of MakeMyTrip
- Sandeep Jajodia, Chairman and Managing Director of Monnet Ispat and Energy
- Vivek Paul, former Vice Chairman and CEO, Wipro
- Rajeev Kakar, 1980, Executive Vice President, Fullerton Financial Holdings
- Sandeep P Parekh, financial lawyer, former Executive Director of SEBI, WEF Young Global Leader
- Rana Chhina, recipient of the MacGregor Medal, military historian and ex-officer of the Indian Air Force
- Lt Arun Khetarpal, recipient of the Param Vir Chakra
- Lt Gen DS Hooda, former Northern Army commander, and principal architect of the 2016 Indian Line of Control strike
- Ashish Bagai, former captain, and keeper-batsman of the Canadian cricket team
- Arun Lal, cricketer and commentator
- Mansher Singh, 1985, sport shooter, Olympic athlete
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
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
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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