St. Joseph's College, Nainital

The St.Josephs College is a day boarding and residential school in Nainital, Uttarakhand, India providing private school education.

St.Josephs College
School districtNainital
PrincipalBr. Hector Pinto
Colour(s)Dark blue, green and white   
SportsFootball, cricket, lawn tennis, basketball, swimming, field hockey, track and field, squash, boxing, badminton, softball, gymnastics, table tennis, and billiards
AffiliationICSE, ISC
Houses  Gandhi (St. Peters)
  Nehru (St. Francis)
  Pant (St. Patricks)
  Tagore (St. Pauls)
Motto (Latin)Certa Bonum Certamen ('Fight the Good Fight')


The St Joseph's college 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, Nainital and thus began the involvement of the Christian Brothers in the running of the school.

The 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 lifeEdit

The boys are ages 6 to 18. Roll strength is about 1100, with 360 boarders. New admissions are taken only in classes one and eleven. The boarders are admitted from class 3 onwards. 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.

St Joseph's College, Nainital 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. TheSchool has football teams (minis, juvies, U-18).

St Joseph's College Nainital 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 alumniEdit


Armed forcesEdit

Business, commerce and industryEdit

• Ashish Sahai Mathur-Director, Serum Institute of India, Pune. Largest manufacturing company for vaccines in the world.

Education, fine arts and mediaEdit



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). The school Has also been portrayed in various TV series such as Breathe into the shadows. Jimmy Shergil's Collar Bomb and Web Series "Candy" starring Ronit Roy and recent movie Mrs. Serial Killer includes a still of the magnificent architecture.

See alsoEdit


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