St. Joseph's College, Allahabad

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St.Joseph's College, Allahabad
Location
Allahabad, India
Information
Type Private
Motto Semper Sursum - Always Aim High
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1884
Principal Rev. Fr. Rolfie D'Souza
Pupils Over 6000
Campus Urban
Houses St.Francis, St.George, St.Patrick, St.Andrews'
Colour(s) Light Blue      ,Navy Blue     
Affiliation The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (ICSE) and The Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC)
Former pupils Ex. Josephites
Website

St. Joseph's College, widely known as SJC, established in 1884, is one of the most prestigious colleges and the best CISCE school in Allahabad, having considerably top rankings in India as well. It was founded in 1884 by the Capuchin Friars of Ancona and Bologna, Italy, and is currently under the aegis of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allahabad. It is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC & ICSE). With over 6000 male students collectively enrolled within its main, annexe and girls' wing campuses, the institution follows a unique and holistic approach to nurture them to their full potential. Besides curriculum, a horde of other activities and games indulge the students to hone their talents.

The motto of the College is Semper Sursum -Always Aim High.

Fr. Rolfie D'Souza is currently the Principal of the college while the current College Captain is Yashasvi Raj.

Students of the institution are notified as "Josephites".

CONTROVERSIES

Vice principal of the school fr "Leslie Cutinha" has hit his cane brutualy in the eye of a boy of class 12th name "Shrewyn Rivveria" and the case has been filed against him and after that he fled from Allahabad to save himself from uttar pradesh police.All of the vice principals property has been sold and he is being anxiously searched by the police.

History[edit]

St. Joseph's College, was founded in 19th century (1884) by the Capuchin Friars of the province of Ancona & Bologna, Italy, under the management of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allahabad. The school began with a large parochial school for the Cathedral Parish located first in a rented house. The foundation stone of the nucleus of the present building was laid by Rt. Rev. Dr. Peschi on 1 January 1884. Bishop Poli called this little school St. Joseph’s Collegiate. In 1887, it was recognized as a middle school; it was recognized as ‘European High School’ affiliated to Cambridge University. In 1907, it came directly under the Bishop & the parish priest of the Cathedral. It was handed over to the Irish Christian brothers of Nainital in 1908 & they looked after till 1916 when Bishop Gamigna took it over. With a boarding of 26 students, the total went up to 63 in 1920. Another story was put up in 1922 by Rev. Fr. Camilus, OFM Cap. The coming of the new headmaster in the person of Msgr. O. Hogan who graduated from the Allahabad University & trained in Oxford, put the school on the top of academic results. This excellence was continued by his successors such as Fr. A. G. Rego & still continues to be the top school of the city. The school building was further extended with the class 7th & 8th block, Chemistry Lab block put up by Rev. Fr. Augustine between 1932-1942. In the 1960s the Class IX-X block & the junior section block was built along with a large auditorium, a gymnasium & a swimming pool by Re. Fr. Cyril E. George.

The boarding was closed in 1980 & the existing buildings were converted into biology & physics laboratories along with four class rooms. In 1983 the commerce section was added by Rev. Fr. Thomas D’Souza. Later, it was started again in 2006-2007 by Rev.Fr. Louis Mascarenhas. In 2007 a state of art Computer Lab was added followed by a toilet block in 2008. In 2009, another wing ‘Jubilee Block’ was added to the junior section with a broad staircase and an elevator by the present principal Rev. Fr. Louis Mascarenhas to mark the 125th year. Many other projects were taken up such as an open Stage and portico in front of the old building with a magnificent statue of St. Joseph. Reading room was named after Fr. Rego and renovated with full air condition with help of the batch of 1985. Chemistry lab was given running L.P. Gas line with help of the batch of 1986.1987 batch came up with a proposal to build a CAFETERIA. Lawn Tennis Court was added in the year 2013 with the help of 1988 batch. Fr. Rego Scholar Award and Rego English Excellence award was instituted for the toppers of ICSE by the batches of 1974 and 1988 respectively. Digital class rooms were introduced in and E care department was added in the year 2011. A new stage was constructed in the Hogan Hall and the staff room was shifted near the reading room in the year 2012. Three more class rooms were added above the Chemistry lab and Music Room and Art room above the cafeteria. Vijayanta, the first Indian manufactured battle tank of the Indian Army.Dedicated to future generations of Josephites By Alumni of this institution who joined the Indian Army. May this trophy symbolizing the gallant Indian Armed Forces motivate the future generations of the school to achieve unprecedented glory in every field of their endeavor. The “Vijayanta” tank is an indigenously made tank. It was introduced after the 1971 war and it has seen action during Ex Brasstack, OP VIJAY and OP PARAKRAM. It is known and praised in several countries for its excellent gunnery which has all been made by Indian Scientist. It weighs 37 tons and has a 105 mm. Smooth bore main gun. It has a crew of three persons-a commander, a gunner and a driver. It has infrared night vision capability also. Fr. Antony K.K. also restarted the Old boys association. History St. Joseph’s College, founded in the nineteenth century (1884) by the Capuchin Friars of the province of Ancona & Bologna, Italy, nurtured students through the 20th century & flourishes in the 21st Century under the management of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allahabad, with an unblemished record of service to the cause of education. The school began with a small parochial school for the Cathedral Parish located first in a rented house. The foundation stone of the nucleus of the present building was laid by Rt. Rev. Dr. Peschi on 1 January 1884. Bishop Poli called this little school St. Joseph’s Collegiate. In 1887 it was recognized as a middle school; it was recognized as ‘European High School’ affiliated to Cambridge University. In 1907, it came directly under the Bishop & the parish priest of the Cathedral. It was handed over to the Irish Christian brothers of Nainital in 1908 & they looked after till 1916 when Bishop Gamigna took it over.With a boarding of 26 students, the total went up to 63 in 1920. Another story was put up in 1922 by Rev. Fr. Camilus, OFM Cap. The coming of the new head master in 1921 in the person of Msgr. O. Hogan who graduated from the Allahabad University & trained in Oxford, put the school on the top of academic results. This excellence was continued by his successors such as Fr. A. G. Rego & still continues to be the top school of the city. The school building was further extended with the class 7th & 8th block, Chemistry Lab block put up by Rev. Fr. Augustine between 1932-1942. In 1960’s the Class IX-X block & the junior section block was built along with a large auditorium, a gymnasium & a swimming pool by Re. Fr. Cyril E. George.The swimming pool was added in the year 1974. The boarding was closed in 1980 & the existing buildings were converted into biology & physics laboratories along with fourclass rooms. In 1983 the commerce section was added by Rev. Fr. Thomas D’Souza. However, it had to be closed due to unavoidable reasons in 1991. In 1984 was the centenary year of the college. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Prime minister of the India, was to be the chief guest but she was assassinated just a week before and all the celebrations had to cancelled. Rev. Fr. Stany Michael D’Souza constructed the steps around the boundary wall and a concrete road leading the Cathedral during his tenure 1988 to 1997. In 2009, another wing ‘Jubilee Block’ was added to the junior section with a broad staircaseand an elevator by the present principal Rev. Fr. Louis Mascarenhas. to mark the 125th year. Many other projects were taken up such as an open Stage and portico in front of the old building with a magnificent statue of St. Joseph. Reading room was named after Fr. Rego and renovated with full air condition with help of the batch of 1985. Chemistry lab was given running L.P. Gas line with help of the batch of 1986.1987 batch came up with a proposal to build a CAFETERIA. Lawn Tennis Court was added in the year 2013 with the help of 1988 batch. Fr. Rego Scholar Award and Rego English Excellence award was instituted for the toppers of ICSE by the batches of 1974 and 1988 respectively. Digital class rooms were introduced in and E care department was added in the year 2011. A new stage was constructed in the Hogan Hall and the staff roomwas shifted near the reading room in the year 2012. Three more class rooms were added above the Chemistry lab and Music Room and Art room above the cafeteria. Vijayanta, the first Indian manufactured battle tank of the Indian Army. Dedicated to future generations of Josephites By Alumni of this institution who joined the Indian ArmyMay this trophy symbolizing the gallant Indian Armed Forces motivate the future generations of the school to achieve unprecedented glory in every field of their endeavor. The “Vijayanta” tank is an indigenously made tank. It was introduced after the 1971 war and it has seen action during Ex Brasstack, OP VIJAY and OP PARAKRAM. It is known and praised in several countries for its excellent gunnery which has all been made by Indian Scientist. It weighs 37 tons and has a 105 mm. Smooth bore main gun. It has a crew of three persons-a commander, a gunner and a driver. It has infrared night vision capability also. Fr. Antony K.K. also restarted the Old boys association. Sharad Verma Memorial Inter school debate competition was instituted in memory of Late Sharad Verma, an Alumnus. With the arrival of Rev.Fr. Louis Mascarenhas in the year 2005 began a new era. He restarted the commerce section in 2006. In the year 2007 a state of art Computer Lab was added followed by a toilet block.AIR CHIEF IS AN ALUMNUS OF THE SCHOOL AND STUDIED AT ST JOSEPH’S FROM 12 JAN 1961 TO MAR 1966 C-1609 MIG-21 T-96 aircraft was manufactured at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Nasik in the year 1976-77. This aircraft was commissioned in Indian Air Force on 15 Sep 77. It can fly at max speed of 2.1 mach, max takeoff weight 9872 kg endurance 2.15 hrs and ‘g’ 8.5 g. C-1609 has flown in the IAF for 32 yrs (3160:55) History St. Joseph’s College, founded in the nineteenth century (1884) by the Capuchin Friars of the province of Ancona & Bologna, Italy, nurtured students through the 20th century & flourishes in the 21st Century under the management of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allahabad, with an unblemished record of service to the cause of education. The school began with a small parochial school for the Cathedral Parish located first in a rented house. The foundation stone of the nucleus of the present building was laid by Rt. Rev. Dr. Peschi on 1 January 1884. Bishop Poli called this little school St. Joseph’s Collegiate. In 1887 it was recognized as a middle school; it was recognized as ‘European High School’ affiliated to Cambridge University. In 1907, it came directly under the Bishop & the parish priest of the Cathedral. It was handed over to the Irish Christian brothers of Nainital in 1908 & they looked after till 1916 when Bishop Gamigna took it over.With a boarding of 26 students, the total went up to 63 in 1920. Another story was put up in 1922 by Rev. Fr. Camilus, OFM Cap. The coming of the new head master in 1921 in the person of Msgr. O. Hogan who graduated from the Allahabad University & trained in Oxford, put the school on the top of academic results. This excellence was continued by his successors such as Fr. A. G. Rego & still continues to be the top school of the city. The school building was further extended with the class 7th & 8th block, Chemistry Lab block put up by Rev. Fr. Augustine between 1932-1942. In 1960’s the Class IX-X block & the junior section block was built along with a large auditorium, a gymnasium & a swimming pool by Re. Fr. Cyril E. George.The swimming pool was added in the year 1974. The boarding was closed in 1980 & the existing buildings were converted into biology & physics laboratories along with fourclass rooms. In 1983 the commerce section was added by Rev. Fr. Thomas D’Souza. However, it had to be closed due to unavoidable reasons in 1991. In 1984 was the centenary year of the college. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Prime minister of the India, was to be the chief guest but she was assassinated just a week before and all the celebrations had to cancelled. Rev. Fr. Stany Michael D’Souza constructed the steps around the boundary wall and a concrete road leading the Cathedral during his tenure 1988 to 1997. In 2009, another wing ‘Jubilee Block’ was added to the junior section with a broad staircaseand an elevator by the present principal Rev. Fr. Louis Mascarenhas. to mark the 125th year. Many other projects were taken up such as an open Stage and portico in front of the old building with a magnificent statue of St. Joseph. Reading room was named after Fr. Rego and renovated with full air condition with help of the batch of 1985. Chemistry lab was given running L.P. Gas line with help of the batch of 1986.1987 batch came up with a proposal to build a CAFETERIA. Lawn Tennis Court was added in the year 2013 with the help of 1988 batch. Fr. Rego Scholar Award and Rego English Excellence award was instituted for the toppers of ICSE by the batches of 1974 and 1988 respectively. Digital class rooms were introduced in and E care department was added in the year 2011. A new stage was constructed in the Hogan Hall and the staff roomwas shifted near the reading room in the year 2012. Three more class rooms were added above the Chemistry lab and Music Room and Art room above the cafeteria. Vijayanta, the first Indian manufactured battle tank of the Indian Army. Dedicated to future generations of Josephites By Alumni of this institution who joined the Indian ArmyMay this trophy symbolizing the gallant Indian Armed Forces motivate the future generations of the school to achieve unprecedented glory in every field of their endeavour.

College Anthem[edit]

For St. Joseph, Our Patron, we stand
United In both head and hand.
Our Lips shall always speak of his praise
Our minds and hearts to him we raise

In praise of our college we sing
As the glad hosannas ring.
Since you have shown the way to victory
Our motto then shall always be
Semper Sursum, our Alma matter,
Semper Sursum, always aim high

To St. Joseph, our patron, We pray,
Teach us to labour day by day.
Our Flagging zeal and courage renew
To keep our conv’nant ever true.

Let us unite, all Josephites,
Let us all strive for greater heights.
Love, truth and peace out guiding stars,
Will lead us on to happy hours.

Tune (As in we Stand for GOD...)

Principals[edit]

  • Fr. J.G. Cooney (1908-1909)
  • Fr. J.L. Maher (1909-1915)
  • Fr. Camilius (1916-1921)
  • Fr. Augustine (1921-1942)
  • Fr. C.E. George (1942-1952, 1959-1966)
  • Fr. R.D' Mellow (1953-1959)
  • Fr. A. Rodrigues(1966-1975)
  • Fr. J.C. DSouza (1976-1977)
  • Fr. H. Patrao (1977-1981)
  • Fr. Noel DSouza (1981-1982)
  • Fr. T. D' Souza (1982-1986)
  • Fr. I Fernandes (1986-1988)
  • Fr. S.M. D'souza(1988-1997)
  • Fr. K. K. Antony (1997-2005)
  • Fr. L Mascarenhas (2005-2014)
  • Fr. R. D'souza(2014-till date)

Josephest[edit]

The biggest cultural event of the college is Josephest, which is held annually at the end of October. A number of schools from the city as well as from other cities in the state participate in this cultural extravaganza. A multitude of events are organized during this 2 day fest, ranging from literary, art and craft, music and dance competitions to skits, quizzes and computer programming competitions. The most notable among these are the English and Hindi JAMs, debates, band and group dance competitions.

Major events are held in the Main Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of over 800 people. Minor events are either organised in the Hogan Hall, the reading room or the respective designated areas such as Computer Laboratory, Gymnasium or Art Room. The events are judged by distinguished jury members invited from various institutions and organisations in Allahabad.

Notable Alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°27′21″N 81°50′43″E / 25.4559°N 81.8452°E / 25.4559; 81.8452