St Joseph's College, Nainital

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St. Joseph's College
SJC Crest.jpg
Nainital, Uttarakhand, India
Type Private
Established 1888
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 public 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 and three. 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.

School anthem[edit]

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

You've heard of many a school I trow
And many a college too
But there is one that always is
The best for me 'n you
'Tis perched o'er Naini's lovely lake
And our dads were there of old
For a century and more 'tis known
As the home of the true and bold

'Twas called at first the good old Sem
And later SJC
And a dearer place cannot be found
At least for you and me
Its boys are hard to beat my friends
In classroom, field or fame
Their motto down the years has been
Make sure to play the game

And here's to the boys of SJC
To her children every man
And pass the word to those who'll come
Give the motto of the clan
Adown the years to fight life's fight
To fight it clean and be
Among the boys who've kept the bridge
At dear old SJC

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni share news and other information at alumni yahoo group and yahoo group links.

Armed forces[edit]

Public service[edit]

Civil Services and Public Sector Undertakings



  • Jamshed Rahman-# ( JUMBO) CEO (Play2Learn Childcare) Director ( Akbar Management System Services) Owner Financetogether Mortgages. Email:
  • Peter de Noronha + - philanthropist and civil servant
  • Muktesh (Micky) Pant[21] - President, Yum Restaurants International, Yum! Brands, Inc
  • Brij Raj Punj[22] - CMD, Fedders and Lloyd[23]
  • Alok K. Misra - Chairman and MD, Bank of India[24]
  • Neeraj Roy[25] - MD and CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
  • A. K. Nanda - Chairman and MD, Akme Projects Ltd[26]
  • Dr. Burzoe K. Ghandhi - # Corporate Director, Material Management and Manufacturing Engineering, Outboard Marine Corp, USA
  • Dhun K. Ghandhi - # Chairman, Rallis Trading Corporation, India
  • Ashok Punj - MD, PSL Ltd.[27]
  • Anmol Dar - Managing Director, Superbrands,[28] India
  • Ajit Singh Gill[29] - CEO, Energy Systems, Santa Clara, USA
  • Nippi Kochhar - CEO, Société Générale, India[30]
  • Bikram Kochhar - # Country Head, Citibank, Columbia
  • Vinit Joshi[31] - Managing Director, Citibank, UK[32]
  • Harkirat Singh - # Head, Standard Chartered Bank & Rabobank.
  • Larry Malarkar - General Manager, Oberoi Hotels & Director (Marketing)[33]
  • Vijay Sharma - Director, Crescent Investments, UK[34]
  • Rahul Kansal - CMO, Bennett Coleman & Company Limited[35]
  • Mick Hogg - Head, Project Lighting, NSW, Australia[36]
  • Suhel Seth - CEO, Equus and Partner Counselage
  • Shakti Lumba - Executive Director, Indigo Airlines
  • Raymond Noronha - Managing Director, Vazir Sultan Industries, Hyderabad
  • Saeed Shervani - MD, Shervani Hospitality Ltd.[37]
  • Sergio Freitas - CEO, Betts India Ltd, Goa
  • Neeraj Sharma - Managing Director, Kone Elevators, Chennai
  • Manvendra Singh Bhandari - Managing Director, Him Furnitech
  • Abdus Sattar (Nini) - Chairman, GMG Airlines, Bangladesh
  • Purvez Bilimoria - Chief Legal Counsel, PepsiCo International, Australia
  • Anant Shekhar Chandola - Director New Businesses, United Colours of Benetton, India
  • Jagdish Thackersey - Chairman, Bhatia Hospital, Mumbai
  • Anil Pathak - CEO, Paracor Capital Advisors, Chairman Cookie Man, Chairman Peirce & Leslie Travels, Vice-Chairman, PL Worldways
  • Ashok K Daga - CEO, Valuefacture Systems Pvt. Ltd; Human Resource Consultant & Trainer
  • Rajesh Kapoor MD, Centre for Growth Alternatives, Gurgaon.

Education/Fine Arts/Publication[edit]



  • Jim Corbett + - British-Indian hunter, conservationist & author[61]
  • Dr. Ashok Daftry - Specialist, Geriatric and Internal Medicine, MD: St. Joseph's Medical Center,[62] USA
  • Dr. Sanjay Kalra - Pumlonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Ravi Roy - Homoeopathic doctor, author of several best sellers in Homoepathy,[63] Germany
  • Dr. A.S. Rawat - Recipient of Order of the Golden Ark, Netherlands
  • G.S. Bindra - Chairman, Indo-Irish Friendship Council.[64]
  • Sajeeb Wazed - Young Global Leaders (World Economic Forum); son of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Premier
  • Vijay V Virk - # equitation instructor

# = Former
+ = Deceased
^ = Retired


SEM from Tiffin Top

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). Films like Krishh and Krishh 3 were shot in SEM too. Others are Himalay Putra, a short documentary titled Mahatma and some music videos.

See also[edit]

List of Christian Brothers Schools


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