St Joseph’s Indian Institutions
History of the Institution:
“We have not wings, we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time.” - H. W. Longfellow
The Fathers of the Paris Foreign Mission, men of foresight and great caliber, wishing to bring up the youth in Christian faith and solid learning opened a school for the European boys and a few decadeslaters established also an Indian section on the same campus on Museum Road.The Indian High School had a boarding for poor catholic boys called “St Louis Boarding House” situated on what is today St Joseph’s Commerce College campus on Brigade Road.Both the schools grew and it was soon found that one of these would have to move out in order to provide breathing space for both. Accordingly in 1972, the St. Joseph’s Indian High School together with the St. Louis Boarding House shifted to the New Field Grounds.
This shift was a blessing in disguise. Soon, great encouragement was given to the field sports. The school was adopted by The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and was the first school in Karnataka State to enjoy the benefits offered by the SAI. The Swimming Pool and the Gymnasium were built at this time. Coaches from the SAI have been training our students since then. In 1979 when the school celebrated its Platinum Jubilee, the St. Joseph’s Auditorium was built.The SAI Hostel for the students was also built.
The School completed its glorious hundred years during the academic year 2003-2004. It was during the Centenary Celebrations that yet another great dream was realized - a new building to house the High School and the PU College. Thanks to the the support of so many benefactors like Mrs. VijayalakshmiEkanandan and the parents of the students, the new building was inaugurated on 4th December 2006.
In 2007 came yet another development on the campus – the appearance of the St. Joseph’s Indian Community College. This College conducts courses for the rural unemployed youth and helps them to get employment. This institution has been known over the years for the concern it has shown towards its students from the poorer and weaker sections of society. The Community College is another venture to express our social concern.
St. Joseph’s Indian Institution is still growing and moving into the future. As long as there are the young to be taught and formed, the work will be unfinished. To conclude in the words of the great artist Pablo Picasso:
“To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow, the coup de grace for the painter as well as the picture.”
So with ‘Faith and Toil’ the St. Joseph’s Indian Institution keeps moving on.
1. ST JOSEPH’S INDIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
2. ST JOSEPH’S INDIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
3. ST JOSEPH’S INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL
4. ST JOSEPH’S INDIAN COMPOSITE COLLEGE
5. ST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
6. St JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTEL FOR BOYS
7. ST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR GIRLS
8. ST LOUIS BOARDING HOUSE