St. Columba's School, Delhi

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Schola Columbae
St. Columba's School
Ashok Place, New Delhi, Gole Market, India
Type Private
Motto Sapere aude sincere et constanter
(We Care)
Established 1941
Founder Edmund Ignatius Rice
Principal Br. E. V Miranda, CFC
Faculty 100+
Grades KG-12
Enrollment 3500
Color(s) Green      and gold     
Slogan We Care
Affiliation CBSE

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.[1] 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Academics and science[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
Kunal Nayyar, known for his role as Raj Koothrappali on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is an alumnus of St. Columba's School.



  • 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.




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 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.

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