The approach of the College towards the educational process is multipronged.
St Aloysius College belongs to a network of educational institutions administered by the members of the Society of Jesus, a religious order which runs schools, colleges and universities in more than 105 countries in the world. The members of the order, popularly known as Jesuits, have acquired a reputation for excellence in the quality of education. Some of the distinguished Jesuit institutions of higher education in India are St Xavier’s College in Kolkata, St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, Loyola College in Chennai, St Joseph’s College in Trichy, Xavier Institute of Labour Relations (XLRI) in Jameshedpur, and Xavier University in Bhuvaneshwar. These and many other highly acclaimed centres of learning are managed by the Jesuits and deeply rooted in Jesuit values of commitment and excellence.
Established in 1880, St Aloysius College prides itself in its history of 137 years. Thousands of students who have passed through the portals of this institution have rendered outstanding service to humankind not only in India but across the globe. Despite its status as a minority institution, the college has imparted high quality education to all sections of society regardless of caste, colour or creed. The motto of the college, “Lucet et Ardet” which means “shine to enkindle” has inspired countless students to become men and women with and for others and thus bring light and joy into the lives of people. It is for this reason that Jesuit education has become a touchstone for evolving new paradigms in higher education.
In more than four centuries of their existence, the Society of Jesus has gained the public image and reputation as a democratic, charitable and not-for-profit organization committed to creating a transformed society with the collaboration of professionals and leaders. The focus of Jesuit education has always been and will ever continue to be academic excellence and development of the integral personality of the students. To put it succinctly, the aim of Jesuit education is to form citizens imbued with competence, conscience, compassion and commitment, who, in turn, reach out to the weaker and marginalized sections of humanity empowering them to enhance their quality of life and contribute to nation building.
A word about the origins of the Society of Jesus and its impact on higher education is pertinent. In 1540, nine post graduate students of Paris University, under the leadership of St Ignatius of Loyola, came together to establish a well-knit group of “friends in the Lord” and called themselves the Companions of Jesus, later, to be named the Society of Jesus. From its inception, and thanks to the persistent demands of the rulers of the times, Jesuits were drawn into education of youth. Their name and fame spread to different countries of Europe, and their increasing numbers helped them not only to establish schools and colleges in different cities of the continent but also to evolve a formal and systematic method of studies called the Ratio Studiorum, a manual of education that influenced the educational philosophy and practice for nearly four centuries. The “magis”, the Jesuit word for relentless pursuit of excellence, was the formula that prompted the Jesuits and their students to engage in innovative research and discovery in the fields of science, mathematics, astronomy, geographic explorations, study of languages
The Jesuit educational paradigm:
Sees life and the whole universe as a gift calling forth wonder and gratefulness.
Gives ample scope to imagination and emotion as well as intellect.
Seeks to find the divine in all things - in all peoples and cultures, in all areas of study and learning, in every human experience.
Cultivates critical awareness of personal and social evil, but points to God's love as more powerful than any evil.
Stresses freedom, need for discernment, and responsible action.
Empowers people to become leaders in service, "men and women for others," "whole persons of solidarity," building a more just and humane world. Educational program of Jesuits and its scope is, in its essence, identical all over the world- to train the hand, the head and the heart, to equip the rising generation for the battle of life. A close look at the educational history of the Jesuits makes it clear that, within years of the founding the Society, Jesuits began to respond positively to requests for starting educational institutions with the approval and encouragement its founder. The whole idea of education on the basis of gratis for those who could not afford to pay their fee was a novel idea propounded by Jesuits. Hence the thrust of Jesuit education is to empower the students in letters and virtues without distinction of caste, class, creed or language.
In 1880, 9 Jesuits landed in Mangalore at the request made by Mangaloreans to establish an institution of quality higher education. The college started in a small rented building.
The college was affiliated to the erstwhile Madras University in 1882.
Subsequently, the college was shifted to its own building and campus on Idya Hill in the year 1885.
The present Administrative Block was constructed in 1954.
The college was affiliated to Mysore University in 1956, and it’s in 1980 that the college was affiliated to Mangalore University.
The college celebrated its centenary celebrations in 1980 in a grand manner for which our former President of India, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was the chief guest and witness.
In 1986, realizing the need for women’s education, St Aloysius College which was exclusively a men’s college became a co-educational institution by admitting girl students which was the need of the hour. Reading the signs of the time, the Jesuits embarked on this sensitive decision and today, it takes pride in accommodating 50-60% of the annual admission of girl students. This decision has made a significant difference in the status of education among women in this region.
In its constant thrust on being relevant and locally grounded, the college started Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) as the first PG programme in1999.
In the year 2002, the college campus witnessed the arrival of our beloved former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for the inauguration of the Information Technology Block.
The college was recognized as the Nodal College for staff training under Mangalore University.
An exclusive Xavier Block for Science and Research was built in 2003-04.
As the college felt that it is ready for an assessment by external agencies like the NAAC, it subjected itself to the rigorous exercise of the first cycle of NAAC Accreditation in 2005. The college received a high score of 86.7%.
The College started “St Aloysius Institute of Education” in 2006 realising the need for training teachers with excellence at the secondary and higher levels of education.
The renewed vigour propelled the college to embark on several Post Graduate Programmes in the subsequent years. During 2005-06, several programmes were launched to commemorate the 125 years of its existence and serious preparations started for applying for the Autonomous status.
The College has seen tremendous growth after it became autonomous in 2007. The college offers a variety of courses across disciplines both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Autonomy granted to the institution has provided greater impetus not only for introducing diversified programmes but also greater emphasis on research and social extension activities.
The college also is under Grant-In-Aid (GIA) scheme of Government of Karnataka.
Here are some of out old students speaking about the culture at St Aloysius College.
The College strives to scale up classroom learning by conducting conferences, workshops, seminars, guest lectures by experts, project work, internship, field visits and industrial visits.
Industry – Academia interaction and MoUs with corporate sectors and research institutions have ensured that students obtain best possible exposure to multiple learning experiences.
The Courses at the Undergraduate level are credit based while at the PG level it is under Choice Based Credit System.
Utmost attention is paid to infuse an ideal mix of intellectual and skill acquisition component while designing the syllabus.
The Courses are designed taking global competencies as a frame of reference. Post graduate departments offer interdisciplinary papers.