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History of St. Joseph's Evening College :
Instead of saying that man is a creature of circumstances, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character, which builds an existence out of circumstance. From the same material one can build palaces, another hovels, one a warehouse, another a villa. Bricks and Mortar are mortar and bricks until the architect can make them something else.

"IT IS ONLY BY LABOUR THAT THOUGHT CAN BE MADE HEALTHY AND ONLY BY THOUGHT THAT LABOUR CAN BE MADE HAPPY"

Rev. Dr. Francis Rebello S.J. was the first Principal of St. Joseph's Evening College in 1972. He was appointed with the sole purpose of building up the new College.

Former-Principals :

It was a herculean task with a few teachers and students not all of whom were accustomed to study or discipline. But being possessed of the requisite academic and administrative qualifications, he did a splendid job. In addition to academics he encouraged extra curricular activities. Students were encouraged to participate in inter-collegiate sports and games. For 4 years, from 1972-76 he shouldered the responsibility of this new institution setting up new traditions and a high standard. By his hard work and self-sacrifice, he was an inspiration to the staff and students of the Evening College.


FRIENDSHIP IS AN ART AND VERY FEW PERSONS ARE BORN WITH A NATURAL GIFT FOR IT.

Rev. Fr. Lawrence A Rasquinha S.J. who succeeded Fr. Rebello as the Principal in July 1976 remained at the helm for 4 years till August 1980. As an able administrator his tenure was marked by consolidation of the college. He served the College in two capacities, first as the teacher of History from 1973-76 and later the Principal. During his term as the Principal, the College enjoyed a high reputation in sports and games, academics and co-curricular activities. One of his early obsessions as a teacher was to provide clean literature to students. Wherever he went, he furthered the cause of clean literature drive. He was known for hardwork and for the improvements he had affected in the college for the benefit of the staff and students during his 4 years in the college.

The College acquired its true nature during his time. He was a lover of sports and gave lot of importance to extra curricular activities. Whenever he could spare sometime from his hectic schedule, he would personally view the various tournaments. His tenure was marked by the presence of two great cricket personalities, Syed Kirmani and Roger Binny who are proud to call themselves josephites. Social Service League was one of the associations he patronized both as a teacher and principal. He was known for the interesting staff meetings where long discussions were held. In all, he is referred to as a friend, philosopher and guide to whom the staff and the students could go with confidence in all their difficulties and problems.


THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD IS HE WHO STANDS ALONE - Ibsen.

Fr. Hedwig da Costa S.J. as the Principal of St. Joseph's Evening College, who guided the College for 7 years i.e. from August 1980 to June 1984 and again from May 1986 to June 1989, succeeded Fr. Lawrence Rasquinha S.J. He was known as highly disciplined person who gave more importance to academics than extra curricular activities. It was during his tenure, that the Government sanctioned grant-in-aid to St. Joseph's Evening College. The late Br. Martin Goveas S.J., Secretary of the Karnataka Jesuit Educational Society was instrumental in fulfilling the long desire of the staff for grant-in-aid. Fr. Hedwig was an able administrator getting his work done efficiently. Characterized by a tough exterior he had a soft corner for the staff and students. He was a farsighted person, taking decisions independently. As a teacher of literature he was excellent. He was fair and just in his dealings whether academic or non academic, with staff or students. With his interest in literature, he uraged enco the staging of an English Play 'Suddenly At Home' a thriller held at Guru Nanak Bhavan during the second innings of his principalship.


TRUST MEN, AND THEY WILL BE TRUE TO YOU; TREAT THEM GREATLY AND THEY WILL SHOW THEMSELVES GREAT - Ralph W. Emerson.

Fr. Aveline D'Souza S.J was appointed Principal of St. Joseph's Evening College in June 1984. He was recognized as a dynamic personality and is remembered as a forward looking administrator who remained as the Principal for a short spell of 2 years till May 1986. When changes were called for either in educational administration or in the organization of the educational programmes, he saw to it that such changes were brought about in an orderly way. Fr. Aveline took up the initiative of introducing Value Education classes. He was exemplary in his relations with staff and students. He always took the staff into confidence and took decisions jointly and thus promoted a sense of belongingness to the college. He arranged a number of orientation programmes for the teachers. It was during his tenure that an English Play 'A Murder is Announced' was staged at Balbhavan, Cubbon Park. He also encouraged a lot of extra curricular activities in the college. He raised funds so as to provide sch olarships for poor students. In all, is referred to as a friend and guide to staff and students of the college.


KINDNESS IN WORDS CREATES CONFIDENCE KINDNESS IN THINKING CREATES PROFOUNDNESS KINDNESS IN FEELING CREATES LOVE

Rev. Fr. Walter Andrade S.J. succeeded Fr. Hedwig Da'Costa in June 1989 and remained at the helm of affairs for 5 years till June 1994. Fr. Walter Andrade S.J. was a person with a love for the poor; he was deeply committed to their cause. In the 5 years of his administration, many students were financially assisted. He was responsible for expanding the computer center of the college with a view to provide computer literacy to students from poorer and middle class families. The Staff welfare fund also saw its advent during the term of Fr. Andrade S.J., the aim of which was to help the staff to avail loans at cheaper rate of interest.

Fr. Walter Andrade is responsible for initiating a number of extra curricular activities, which expressed itself through a number of associations. A new association for girl students - Women's Cell - was inaugurated in August 1990. The primary aim of the cell, which is affiliated to AIACHE, is to inculcate values in the minds of our girl students and help them realize their self worth and responsibilities towards family and society. Courses on career guidance and personality development were conducted. He also started the Christian Students Association to promote the feeling of brotherhood and community living among our students. A history association 'LA STORIA' was formed in September 1992 to create and develop awareness of our rich historical legacy and cultural among students.


HE WHO CAN HAVE PEARLS NEVER BOTHERS HIMSELF WITH SHELLS AND THOSE ASPIRE TO VIRTUE DO NOT TROUBLE THEMSELVES ABOUT HONOURS.

Rev. Fr. Ambrose Pinto S.J. was appointed Principal in June 1994. He is recognized as an academician, who has given a lot of importance to academics with a view to inculcate discipline and punctuality among students. Right on assuming Office, he decentralized administration and appointed two Welfare Officers - a Welfare Officer each for B.A. and B.Com. PUC classes. The number of hours of classes was increased from 3 to 4 a day so as to provide the students with the same amount of classes as in Day Colleges. College examinations were introduced and remedial work was conducted for the failed students. To solve the problems of shortage of attendance, parent-teacher meetings were held. As a result of all these measures, the performance of students both in class and University examinations and attendance showed a marked improvement. The College began a Commerce and Management Forum with the main objective of encouraging students to update their knowledge in Commerce and Management through seminars and discussions. The Social Sciences Association for Arts students is meant to assist Arts students towards creativity and current affairs. 1994 also saw the advent of the Social Service League with the primary motive of developing social awareness and concern among students. Fr. Ambrose also started an old Students Association, a step that was much appreciated by the old students of the Evening College. To help the staff to understand the changing social realities, he organized a number of study groups for the staff. The credit for initiating vocational courses also goes to Fr. Ambrose Pinto - one on Tourism and Travel and the other Office Supervision and Management for a selected group of students. Besides being an able administrator, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Pinto S.J., was an eminent writer whose articles appear in popular newspapers and magazines. It was the privilege of Fr. Ambrose Pinto S.J. to preside over the College during the Silver Jubilee year. He conducted a number of programmes to mark the Silver Jubilee celebrations. The Jubilee began with a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration with Rt. Rev. Dr. Alphonsus Mathias the Archbishop of Bangalore as the Chief Celebrant on September 12th 1995. It was followed by a 2 day exhibition on the topic 'Glimpses of India' on November 24th and 25th which was attended by students of various schools and colleges. The public too came in large numbers. An inter-collegiate seminar on 'women issues after Beijing' was held on December 17th. A sound and light programme with dance and drama 'Christ the Liberation' was staged. It had a cast of around 100 students of St. Joseph's Evening College spread over 2 days on December 22nd and 23rd with over 3,000 spectators. It was a spectacular performance well appreciated by the public. A get together of all the Old Students of the College was held on January 26 th 1996. In addition different Associations of the College organized various other programmes.

On 1st June 1998 Fr. Ambrose Pinto s.j. was sent on deputation by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society to head the Indian Social Institute, an Institute of research in Delhi. During his absence Fr. Francis D`Almeida s.j. Officiated as the Principal-in-charge for three years and carried on the legacy of his predecessor. On 1st June 2001, Fr. Ambrose Pinto s.j. resumed charge, once again on return from Delhi.


Fr. Francis D’Almeida S.J had two terms with SJEC as Principal. First, from June’98 to May 2001, second October 2006 – September 2005. An able administrator and a friendly person, he had always wanted to improve the infrastructure of the College. He renovated the century old building at a great expense and added a lot of physical facilities in the college. He introduced a new course combination of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. He taught Political Science and is at present teaching political science in St. Alaysius College, Mangalore.


Fr. Charles Lasrado, S.J functioned as Vice Principal for a few years before he assumed charge as Principal (Aug 2003 – Aug 2004). He is an academician by nature and has to his credit M.Com, M.Phil, MBA and Ph.D in Commerce. A man of planning and execution, he is very careful about even the minute details in anything. He is spontaneous in appreciating people when something is well done and he frowns when quality work is not done.


Dr. John K. C, with a Ph. D in Economics was the Principal from June 2006 to April 2007. He had to his credit many years of service in Government Colleges and private institutions. He had guided a number of students in their research in M A and M Phil Courses. He is an amiable person, interested in ecumenism and religious harmony.


Fr. Prashant Madtha - SJ, Compassion is a crucial prerequisite, especially in our college. We all have had stories to tell and for the past three years, Fr. Prashant has been all ears-lending his heart and his helping hand as well. What’s more, we barely hear of his magnanimity because he is all the more famous for his discreet humility! If you’ve ever had the privilege of receiving his help in a time of need, you can be sure that he’ll never talk about it in daylight. If we were to candidly confront the obvious truth, many of our graduating seniors would readily admit that they wouldn’t have made it through the degree programme if it were not for Father’s help in one form or another.

Fr. Prashant Madtha SJ is a scholar with his vast experience in teaching and writing, he is a name to be reckoned with in Kannada. A voracious leader and writer he has to his credit a number of awards and publications including ‘Padanidhi’ the first and finest thesaurus in Kannada.


St. Joseph's Evening College established in 1972. It owes its birth, growth and development to Almighty God who has showered his blessings on the College, its staff and students throughout the past 25 years and to the various Principals who by sheer hard work and determination have contributed to the development of the College as we find it today. When we look into the long avenue of the future, and see the good there is for each one of us to do, we realize, after all, what a beautiful thing it is to work and to live and to be happy as members of the family of St. Joseph's Evening College and contribute our mite to society.

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