A commemorative postage stamp on the St. Joseph’s College Autonomous College, Bangalore, one of the oldest colleges in Karnataka :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 1, 2009
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on St. Josephs College, Bangalore.
Stamp, FDC & Cancellation : Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printers : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- St. Josephs College, Bangalore, is a hundred and twenty five years old, solid in its imposing stone mass, lofty in its height, with a silver dome on top, commanding a place of priority in the field of education. The College, which in itself exemplifies a tradition, consists of four main buildings which are located in the centre of the cantonment. The college is situated in the vicinity of St. Patrick’s Church and the Good Shepherd Convent. The need for instituting a College of this magnitude in Bangalore was felt by the Catholic Missionaries and it was the Vicar Apostle of the Coromandel Coast, with Rev. Dr. Bonnand, who propounded the idea, in 1841 in a letter to Rev. 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.
- Founded in 1882 by French Missionary Fathers, St. Joseph’s College made its simple and small beginning as an institution for religious and secular studies in Bangalore. In the year 1937, it was taken over by the Society of Jesus, popularly known as the Jesuits, an international religious order of the Catholic Church. Founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuit order with its commitment to intellectual life has transformed St. Joseph’s as a leading college of the country, with its commitment to universality, solidarity and dialogue with cultures. Right from its origin, the college has attracted students from developing countries and from every state of India. It has lived up to the expectations of its motto: “Faith and Toil”.
- The college has moved campuses in order to accommodate its burgeoning student body and facilitate newer educational processes in the cause of higher education. Today it stands as an autonomous institution of quality teaching and learning, an institute of Post Graduate studies and research in the Sciences and the Humanities, a College with Potential for Excellence under the University Grants Commission. The institution principally aims at developing excellence in learning, a sensitive and well-rounded character and socially committed persons for others. Its institutional policy is necessarily inclusive and plural in nature focused on the service of the marginalized without sacrificing academic excellence, a hall mark of the institution for the last 125 years. It is deeply involved in issues concerning quality, equality and justice and encourages research and scholarship of frontier areas of human concern for the production of critical knowledge.
- The history of St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore is a chronicle that brings together tradition and modernity, faith and reason, science and humanism and thus enhances the confluence between human labour and scientific technology and marks the paradigm shift between scholarly excellence and social transformation.
- Text : As per the material provided by the proponent.