St. Aloysius College the pioneer educational institution in the town as well as the state, is affiliated to the Rani Durgavati Vishwavidalaya , Jabalpur. St. Aloysius College was founded in 1951 and is situated in the Jabalpur Cantonment area. It is a Christian College owned and established by the Catholic Diocese of Jabalpur, which belongs to the minority community of Catholics and is administered by the said Diocese through the St. Aloysius College Society. The college is named after St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the Patron Saint of the college, who harboured a burning desire to serve God and his fellowmen.
Drawing inspiration from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who came into this world that we may have life and life in abundance (Jn. 10:10) and that we may learn to live as children of one loving Father, the Foundation Society made a meager beginning by starting St. Aloysius College in 1951, in a small room of the school building with only ten students and Rev. Fr. H.van Englen O’Praem as its Founder Principal. A year later, the English Medium classes in Arts and Science commenced as the college was affiliated to the Saugor University. In 1953, the Arts Faculty was bestowed Degree Status and the Science Faculty in 1956. This was the result of the tireless striving of Fr. H. van. Engelen, the then Principal.
An outstanding administrator, Fr. H. Van. Engelen worked persistently, with devotion and dedication, to obtain recognition for the College. Laboratories for Physics and Chemistry, and the Library were set up by him. Under his able guidance, the college became centre par excellence of education. It was renowned for excellence in Academics, Sports and Games.
Rev. Fr. H. Van Engelen, a person with a vision and mission in life, retired in 1962, after rendering his valuable services for the cause of Higher Education. He was succeeded by Dr. Fr. N.A. Thomas, a good administrator and disciplinarian, who served for a year. In 1963, Rev. Fr. Cecil Desa , now retired Archbishop of Agra, took office and continued to enliven and enlighten the college till 1968 with his administrative acumen and selfless commitment. He was followed by Rev. Fr. Joseph Perumpuzha who was appointed Principal in 1968. It was in 1986 that Rev. Fr. J.V. Ambookan took charge of the institution. Due to his ceaseless efforts the college came to have for the first time its own building in 1990. Once again Rev. Fr. Joseph Perumpuzha took office in 1990 until his well deserved retirement in 1993. In 1991 , new courses in Computer Science and Electronics were introduced at the undergraduate level. Over two decades under Fr. Joseph Perumpuzha’s Principalship the college was known for discipline and academic excellence.
In 1993, Dr. Fr. Davis George took charge as the Principal. In 1994, the Electronics Lab and Multi-gym were set up and the Computer Laboratory renovated. A milestone was achieved in 1994, as the college was chosen, among the very few in the country, to run three Vocational Courses, viz. Electronic Equipment Maintenance, Communicative English and Functional Hindi.
The new Electronics Lab was blessed by The Most Rev. Bishop Theophane O. Praem and inaugurated by Dr. S.P. Kosta, the then Vice Chancellor of R.D.V.V. (formerly known as Jabalpur University).
The NCC platoon for boys was re-established in the college in 1995. A new chapter was added in the history of the college when the New College Extension Building having a large auditorium named ‘Prerna’, 6 class- rooms, 3 laboratories and an audio-visual room was dedicated to the nation to mark the Golden Jubilee of our Independence in 1997.
The college continued to march onwards from strength to strength and in 1998 the post-graduate departments were established in Economics, Political Science and English Literature. In the same year, the Science Faculty was enhanced with the introduction of the Bio-stream, Botany and Zoology. Further enhancement took place in 1999, when the Post-Graduate department in Physics was established. In 2000 the college started a Cyber Center in the campus to give Internet facility, thereby giving students an exposure to the IT revolution. In the same year, the great Jubilee of Jesus Christ was solemnly celebrated and a statue of Lord Jesus Christ was blessed and erected at the centre of the college campus.
The Golden Jubilee Year (2001) of the College commenced on a momentous note with the introduction of two new Vocational Courses i.e., Industrial Microbiology and Computer Application. Moreover, it witnessed the setting-up of new laboratories for Computer Science, Industrial Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Electronic Equipment Maintenance, Electronics and Biochemistry as well as a renovated well-furnished Library.
The College celebrated its Golden Jubilee on the 24th of February 2002 with Shri. Digvijay Singh, Chief Minister of M.P, as the Chief Guest. Our Guests of Honour were The Most Rev.Gerald Almeida, The Bishop of Jabalpur, The Most Rev. Theophane O. Praem, Bishop Emeritus of Jabalpur, Justice Prakash Naik, Justice Deepak Verma, Shri Ishwar Das Rohani, Deputy Speaker, M.P., Shri Shravan Bhai Patel, Minister, P.W.D., M.P., Shri Ratnesh Solomon, Minister of Higher Education, M.P., Shrimati Jayshree Banerjee, Member of Parliament, Shri Vivek Tankha, Adv. Gen., High Court M.P., Shri Vishwanath Dubey, Mayor, Jabalpur Corporation and Shri Arun Gurtoo, Vice Chancellor, R.D.V.V., Jabalpur.
To mark the Golden Jubilee of the College the new Administrative block, the Science Laboratories, the Post Graduate Department, the Canteen and the Golden Jubilee Gate depicting the rich cultural heritage of India were dedicated to the glory of God and service of humankind.
The Jubilee Year has also witnessed the starting of the St. Aloysius’ College Alumni Association (SACAA). The college is proud to have such outstanding ex-students as Lt. Gen. R. J. Mordecai, Brig. Inayat A Yusufji (VrC), Justice Prakash Naik, Justice Deepak Verma, Mr. Shravan Bhai Patel, Minister, Ex PWD (MP), Mr. Prashant Mehta I. A. S., Mr. Vivek Tankha, Ex Advocate General (M. P.), The Rt. Rev. Abbot Nicholas Ambrose, The Rt. Rev. BishopVincent Barwa, The Rt. Rev. Abbot Rocky D’Souza and many more.
St. Aloysius was in the National Limelight in 2001 when it was bestowed two National Awards among all the Christian Colleges in the country. On 16 August 2001, the College was conferred the Dr. P.S. Job Memorial Award for Innovative Educational Programs for the year 2001. This award was a mark of AIACHE’s ( All India Association for Christian Higher Education) recognition of the innovative educational program “Sunrise for the Underprivileged”. The Xavier Board of Higher Education in India bestowed Sr. Hedwige Annual Award- 2001, on St. Aloysius College, for conducting sustained programs for the spiritual welfare of the students and human value formation of teachers and students.
In 2002 the college introduced two vocational subjects, Computer Maintenance and Biochemistry and established two well-furnished labs for the same. In the same year we introduced Computer Science at Post-Graduate level. In 2003 we introduced the Commerce faculty with two vocational subject combinations, i.e., Tax Procedure and Practices and Computer Application.
In the same year the college introduced NCC platoon for Senior Wing girls. The Principal Dr. Fr. Davis George received Rev. Fr. T. A. Mathias Award for Innovative College Principals for professional competence and community service.
In the year 2004 the college was in the International limelight when it was bestowed with “Sir John Templeton Award” from “Local Societies Initiative Metanexus University USA for dialogue between Science and Religion. In 2004, the College introduced Biotechnology at the Under-Graduate level and Microbiology at the Post-Graduate level. In the same year another milestone was achieved by starting the Faculty of Education in the college. In 2004 the New College Extension Building having a reading room, Internet centre, conference room, microbiology and biotechnology laboratories were dedicated to the service of humankind.
The first assessment by NAAC in 2005 with A+ Accreditation opened the doors for several new initiatives and also became a point for introspection which urged the Aloysian family to give a revised thrust to the holistic education of students. It is a matter of great privilege that Rani Dugawati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, with the approval of the UGC, has granted “Autonomous status” to the college vide order no. Com./2007/270 dated 13.02.2007 for a period of 5 years, i.e., from 2007-08 to 2012-13.
Different committees are made as per the UGC guidelines to enhance the effective functioning of autonomy. As a result of the constant onward march of the college, UGC has selected the institution for “College with Potential for Excellence” in 2007.
St. Aloysius College has held an undisputed top ranking position in the state of Madhya Pradesh consistently for the past three years- 2008, 2009 and 2010 as per the survey conducted by Hello Hindustan. The recognitions to St. Aloysius College, Jabalpur in the last five years include Xavier Board of Higher Education in India, Sr. Hedwige’s National Award 2007-08 for Social Religoius Programmes, State Government Award for Donor Motivation (for blood donation) and awards received from State and Central Government for awareness campaigns. The institution has also received a certificate of Appreciation from MP State Women Commission Bhopal. The latest accolade received by the College was an award by Adult and Continuing Education State Resource Centre, Bhopal for its Contributions under Literacy under Saakshar Bharat Programme.
The Principal Dr. Fr. Davis George is the recipient of three national awards : “Best Educationist Award” March 2009, by Indian Solidarity Council, “ Jewel of India Award” and “Certificate of Excellence” for outstanding achievements(2010) and “Eminent Educationist Award” by International Institute of Education and Management, 2010.
As a remarkable and memorable event for the college, Shri Rahul Gandhi, MP, visited St. Aloysius College on 18th January 2010 and interacted with the students in the programme “Ek Samvad Rashtra Ke Naam”. Another dimension was added to the institution by the visit to the college on 19th November 2010 of Mr. Robert Carlson, Chief of Political Economic Section Staff, in the office of the Consulate General, USA, India. Following up on the very recent visit of US President Mr. Barack Obama , he interacted with the students and staff on Indo-US Relations.
The aim of the institution is to facilitate use of ICT, skill-development, development of global competencies, and ultimately to make the leaners exceed their potential to be of service to self and society. The motto of the college Virtus in Arduo – ‘ Strength through Striving’ propels the Aloysian fraternity to overcome barriers through constant perseverance.