St. Columba's School, Delhi

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Schola Columbae
St. Columba's School
Logo of St. Columba's School
Logo of St. Columba's School
Sapere aude sincere et constanter
(We Care)
Ashok Palace, New Delhi, Gole Market, India
Type Private
Established 1941
Founder Edmund Ignatius Rice
Principal Br. L. Miranda, CFC
Faculty 80+
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 twelve thousand English Medium schools of its kind conducted by the Indian Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers which was founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice, a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist. It has followed the CBSE system of education. The campus of St. Columba's School is located in the heart of Delhi and extends over a couple of acres. St. Columba's School alumni include 2 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 passed out from St.Columbas.[1] The school has completed 75 years.



Officially opened on 31 April 1941, 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.

The Founding[edit]

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, also 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Academics & Science[edit]

Shah Rukh Khan, actor is an alumnus of St. Columba's School
Rahul Gandhi, politician and member of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, is an alumnus of St. Columba's School

Arts & Entertainment[edit]

  • Shah Rukh Khan, 1984, Indian actor, named "the world's biggest movie star" by the Los Angeles Times, was also a winner of the Sword of Honor, the highest accolade a graduating senior can achieve.[5]
Deepak Chopra, physician, public speaker and New Age writer, Batch of 1963
Kunal Nayyar, known for his role as Raj Koothrappali on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is an alumnus of St. Columba's School




  • Sharik Currimbhoy,1998, CEO of Shahnaz Herbal Group and Element Capital, Political Activist
  • Piyush Gupta, 1976, CEO and Director of DBS Bank[12]
  • Lalit Suri, 1963, former Chairman/Managing Director of Bharat Hotels Limited.[13]
  • Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of Naukri.Com
  • Vivek Paul, former vice-chairman of Wipro, Consulting Professor of Radiology at Stanford University, and founder of KineticGlue, a cloud based computing company.
  • Deep Kalra, founder of MakeMyTrip
  • Sanjay Jain, Most sought out CEO Times Of India
  • Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems (parent company of Java.)


  • Amreshwar Pratap Singh, Brigadier, 1967, recipient of the Sena Medal-Gallantry, Bar to Sena Medal-Gallantry and Vishisht Seva Medal medals, International yachtsman, member of the First Indian Sailing Expedition Around the World on Trishna 1985-87, National Coach and International Race Officer[14]
  • Rana Chhina, eminent military historian and ex-officer of the Indian Air Force.


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 2016 edition of the quiz was won by Modern School Barakhamba Road (Ayan Marwaha, Aatmik Gupta, Paavas Bhasin, Aniket Joshi) with Delhi Public School R.K. Puram as runners-up (Aryaman Dubey, Aveneel Waadhwa, Hibah Mirza, Aneesh Gupta).

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