St. Columba's School, Delhi
St. Columba's School
|Ashok Place, New Delhi, Gole Market, India|
|Motto||Sapere aude sincere et constanter
|Founder||Edmund Ignatius Rice|
|Principal||Br. E. V Miranda, CFC|
|Color(s)||Green and gold|
St. Columba's School, Delhi, India, was established in 1941, one of 12,000 English medium schools of its kind conducted by the Indian Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. It was founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice, a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist. It has followed the CBSE system of education. The school's campus is located in the heart of Delhi and extends over a couple of acres. St. Columba's School alumni include two 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 graduated from St. Columba's. The school has completed 75 years.
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, 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. 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 science
- Deepak Chopra, 1963, physician, public speaker, writer and New Age spiritual guru
- Rajeev Motwani, Gödel Prize winner, former Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University
- Randeep Guleria, 1975, surgeon, Padma Shri awardee
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, Rhodes Scholar, 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
- Mahesh Rangarajan, Rhodes Scholar and Professor of History at Ashoka University
Arts and entertainment
- Shah Rukh Khan, 1984, Indian actor
- Ritvik Arora, actor
- Derek Bose, author/journalist
- George Chakravarthi, artist
- Mukul Dev, actor
- Rahul Dev, model and actor
- Vinil Mathew, ad-filmmaker and Bollywood director
- 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
- Rahul Gandhi, politician, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress; son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi; Vice 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
- Najeeb Jung, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, ex-vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
- Derek O'Brien, Indian television personality and Member of Parliament
- Mahesh Rangarajan, historian and political analyst
- 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.
- Badar Durrez Ahmed, Chief Justice High Court of J&K.
- Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India.
- C. Hari Shankar. Judge, Delhi High Court.
- Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of Naukri.Com
- Rishabh Dev, founder and Managing Director of Mapplinks
- Rajeev Dubey, President of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
- Piyush Gupta, 1976, CEO and Director of DBS Bank
- Vivek Paul, former vice-chairman of Wipro; Consulting Professor of Radiology at Stanford University; founder of KineticGlue, a cloud based computing company
- Ajay Singh, 1984, founder and Chairman, SpiceJet
- Ajay Srinivasan, Chief Executive - Financial Services, Aditya Birla Group
- Rana Chhina, military historian and ex-officer of the Indian Air Force
- Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM
- 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 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 is the premier school quiz of North India, with more than 200 teams participating every year. Started in 1984, The Columban Open Quiz is in its thirty third edition and is one of the most prestigious quizzes in the circuit. 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. The 2017 edition was won by Delhi Public School Noida.
- St. Columba's School, Delhi
- "Rahul Gandhi studied at St. Columba's in Delhi...", Times of India, 19 June 2009
- Usha Bhagat (2005). Indiraji through my eyes. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 216. ISBN 978-0-670-05772-6.
- "The Shastri saga.." Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2 October 2004.