St. Joseph's College, Bangalore
|Motto||Fide et Labore|
|Affiliation||Jesuit, Roman Catholic|
|Location||Bangalore, Karnataka, India
St. Joseph's College (Autonomous), Bangalore, is one of the oldest college in the state of Karnataka with a history of more than 135 years. It has been conferred as College of Excellence by the University Grants Commission (India). The college is awarded with a rating of A++ (3.79/4), in the re-accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2017. It imparts graduate, post-graduate and research education. St. Joseph's College has around 300 teaching and non teaching staffs and more than 5500 students. St. Joseph’s College is located at Langford Road near Richmond Circle, Bangalore.
The College was founded in 1882 by the Fathers of the French Foreign Mission. The need for instituting a college of this magnitude in Bangalore was felt by the Catholic missionaries and it was the Vicar Apostolic of the Coramandel Coast, Rev. Dr. Bonnand, who proposed the idea in 1841, in a letter to Fr. Bertrand. Complying with the order, the Foreign Missions Society of Paris bought a plot of land on St. John's Hill and gradually made the transition to the location it occupies today. The Cantonment of Bangalore now had an educational institution that would cater to the needs of the students, just as the Central College was doing for the Bangalore City area. St. Joseph's was set up in 1882 because of the salubrious climate and strategic position of Bangalore, and the need to provide education for the small Catholic community comprising about 1000 Europeans and 5000 Indians. In 1904 the Indian section was separated from the European section.
In 1926 University of Madras granted the Institution the status of a First Grade College.On 1 June 1937, the management of the College was transferred to the Society of Jesus. At the time the college consisted of one building, constructed in 1925, accommodating 350 students. In 1967 the College was granted permanent affiliation to Bangalore University. 1972 saw the commerce sections and evening college separated from the main college.It was the first affiliated college in Karnataka to offer post graduate courses in Botany and Chemistry and set up research centre. The college is one of the early ones to go for NAAC accreditation in 1998 and got a four star (70-75%).In 2001 the College moved from the Residency Road campus to new premises in the erstwhile Hostel Campus at the intersection of Langford Road and Lalbagh Road. The pre university section was separated from the college in 2002 as part of the Karnataka state policy of bifurcation. It was Accredited by UGC as a College with Potential for Excellence‘ (CPE) on 03/11/2004 and was one of five colleges in Karnataka that was awarded academic autonomy in the year 2005. The second cycle of NAAC Accreditation conferred A‘ level (Score 85.3%) on 02/02/2006. A commemorative stamp by India Post was released on 1/08/2009. The UGC extended the College's Autonomous Status for the period 2010-2011 to 2015-2016. Yet again the college saw an improvement in its NAAC Accreditation score in the third Cycle with 'A' level and a score of 3.73/4 on 10/03/2012. The college was granted College for Excellence‘(CE) status by the UGC in 2014. It was granted the status of DST-FIST College. The UGC once again extended the Autonomous Status for the period 2016-2022. In the fourth cycle of NAAC accreditation it received a score of 3.79 \4 on a seven point grade scale in Nov 2017 which is currently the highest in the country.
In 2014 the College was cited for its model library facility.
- Bhat, K. Shivananda; et al. (2014). National Conference on Management of Modern Libraries (NACML) Mahabaleshwara. Delhi: Allied Pub. Pvt. Ltd. p. 182. ISBN 978-81-8424-869-2. Retrieved October 4, 2015.