St Joseph's College, Nainital

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St. Joseph's College
SJC Crest.jpg
Nainital, Uttarakhand, India
Type Private
Established 1888
School district Nainital
Principal Dr. Peter Emmanuel
Faculty 90
Grades 1-12
Enrollment 1000
Colour(s) Dark blue, green and white         
Sports Soccer, cricket, lawn tennis, basketball, swimming, field hockey, track and field, squash, boxing, badminton, softball, gymnastics, table tennis, and billiards
Affiliation ICSE, ISC
Information +91(5942) 235037, 231185, 238097
Houses      Gandhi (St. Peters)
     Nehru (St. Francis)
     Pant (St. Patricks)
     Tagore (St. Pauls)
Motto (Latin) Certa Bonum Certamen ('Fight the Good Fight')

St. Joseph's College Nainital is a day boarding and residential school in Nainital, Uttarakhand, India providing private school education.


St. Joseph's College Nainital was established in 1888. The site was the location of a seminary, run by the Italian Capuchin Fathers. The seminary later reopened as a Catholic school for boys: St. Joseph's College. The school is still referred to as "SEM" (for Seminary). In 1892 four Christian Brothers took formal charge of St. Joseph's College and thus began the involvement of the Christian Brothers in the running of the school.

St. Joseph's College is one of the 20 educational institutions in India conducted by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a pontifical institute, founded in Ireland in 1802 by Edmund Ignatius Rice, a wealthy Catholic layman, who was beatified in 1996.

Student life[edit]

The boys are ages 6 to 18. Roll strength is about 960, with 360 boarders. New admissions are taken only in classes one, three and eleven. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and prepares students for the ICSE examinations. It has a plus-two section for the ISC examination.

The school is at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level amidst the idyllic surroundings of Kumaon Hills. St. Joseph's focuses on all-round development of students and co-curricular activities are considered equally important with studies.

St. Joseph's has seven playing fields, a gymnasium, lawn tennis, two squash courts, basketball court, billiard tables, and a swimming pool. The school takes part in inter-college events. St. Joseph has football teams (minis, juvies, U-18) that have earned a name for themselves over the years with consistent performance and tournament victories.

St. Joseph's hosts inter-school events: Edmund Rice Meet and Nirip Deep Memorial Soccer Tournament. Events like quizzes, debates, declamations and elocution are held.

British colonial era facades at St Joseph's College in Nainital.

Notable alumni[edit]

Armed forces[edit]



Education/Fine Arts/Publication[edit]


# = Former
+ = Deceased
^ = Retired


  • Ankit Sharma - United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Organization


The school's magnificent buildings have featured in Indian films. The best known, which have won numerous awards, are Masoom (winner of 4 Filmfare awards) and Koi Mil Gaya (winner of 5 Filmfare awards).

See also[edit]

List of Christian Brothers Schools