In 1882, St. Joseph’s College (SJC) had its significant beginnings with the French Foreign Mission fathers, who were mandated to start a catholic institution to cater to the catholic community that comprised about 1000 Europeans and 5000 Indians. In 1904, the European and Indian sections separated and until 1949, the institution remained affiliated to the Madras University. As a constituent of Madras University, it was granted the status of a first-grade College in 1926. The landmark year was 1937, for during this year the French Mission Fathers handed over its administration to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In 1949, the institution was affiliated to the Mysore University. In 1967, the institution was granted affiliation to Bangalore University. From 2018, the institution is affiliated to Bengaluru City University. St Joseph’s University is the upgradation of St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) under RUSA 2.0. In February 2021, St Joseph's University bill was presented in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and was subsequently passed by the Legislative Assembly and Karnataka Legislative Councill. The college received its University status on 2 July 2022 and was inaugurated as India’s first Public-Private-Parnership University by the Honourable President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu on 27 September 2022.
St. Joseph’s College was established in September 1882, by the Fathers of the Paris Foreign Mission, then affiliated to Madras University as a Second Grade College
Madras University accorded the college the status of a ‘First Grade College’
The Fathers of the Paris Foreign Mission handed over the institution through the Diocese of Mysore to the Society of Jesus
Following reorganization of States, the college was affiliated to the University of Mysore
The college was affiliated to Bangalore University
The college was granted permanent affiliation to Bangalore University
The commerce sections and Evening College sections were separated to form St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and St. Joseph’s Evening College, respectively.
The college Centenary year was celebrated
The college became the first affiliated college in Karnataka to offer postgraduate courses.
The college was the first affiliated institution to get Research Centre status
The college was accredited with four stars (Score 70-75%) by NAAC
Following the Karnataka state policy of bifurcation, the Pre-University section was evolved to became St. Joseph’s PU College and the degree sections were shifted to the new buildings at No.36, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore
The college was accredited as ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ (CPE) by UGC
The college was granted Autonomous status up to 2010-11
The college was reaccredited with ‘A’ Grade (Score 85.3%) by NAAC
The college celebrated 125 years of its establishment
A postal stamp of the college was released by the Department of Posts, India, to commemorate the 125th Post Centenary Celebration of its establishment
Extension of autonomous status was granted from 2010-11 to 2015-16
Accredited with ‘A’ grade (CGPA of 3.73/4; Score 93.25%) by NAAC
Celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of its administration by the Jesuit Order
The college was conferred with the status of ‘College of Excellence’ (CE) by UGC
Extension of autonomous status – granted from 2016-2017 to 2021-2022 by UGC
The college was re-accredited with A++ Grade and 3.79/4 CGPA in the 4th Cycle by NAAC. Postgraduate science departments were awarded the DST-FIST grant
Inauguration of MAGIS block by the 31st Superior General Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa S.J. The Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Botany were elevated to Star Status under the DBT Star College scheme.
St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) is selected to be a University under RUSA scheme by the MHRD.
St. Joseph’s University Bill passed in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
The SJU Bill becomes an Act
St. Joseph's University has the following aims:
To form socially responsible and resourceful citizens rooted in national identity and culture, who will create a just, progressive, secular, inclusive and ecologically sensitive society. This we intend to achieve through affordable and world-class higher education, aimed primarily at the marginalised sections of society, through experiential, research-based learning and academic excellence.
To generate and disseminate new knowledge that is academically progressive and socially empowering through cutting-edge research.
To impart holistic education that will make significant contributions to nation-building.
To provide higher education leading to excellence and innovations in Humanities, Sciences, Commerce, Management, Education, Technical Education, Law, Medical and Allied Health Sciences, Information Technology, Social Work, Mass Media, etc., undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree levels, fully conforming to the concept of a University in accordance with the University Education Report (1948), the Report of the Committee on Renovation, and Rejuvenation of Higher Education in India (2009).
To provide high-quality teaching and research and to enable advancement of knowledge through various research programmes undertaken in-house by full time faculty/research scholars in diverse disciplines.
To engage in areas of specialization with potential to make distinctive contributions that will realise the objectives of higher education, while at the same time strengthening our pluri-cultural heritage and promoting fruitful dialogue between tradition and modernity.
To foster intellectual competence by:
Promoting a culture that nurtures critical and analytical thinking, nurturing skills of reasoning, discussion, teamwork, and coherent communication of ideas and issues through seminars, colloquia, and the incorporation of a research component into every course on offer.
Designing curricula that reflect the current state of knowledge with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches.
Creating study programmes wherein a degree may be earned entirely through research or practice.
Designing integrated degrees (such as B.A.Ed., B.Com. Ed., B.Sc. Ed., etc.,) that combine arts and science disciplines with education and teacher-development programmes with a view to addressing India’s urgent needs for teaching excellence in schools.
Harnessing alternative and non-conventional systems/methods of learning and evaluation.
Evolving a meaningful ecology of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning in a campus atmosphere that is liberal, democratic, intellectually challenging and empowering.
Creating the widest possible range of programmes, giving students options for free choice among disciplines.
Designing MOOCs, and partnering in SWAYAM & other online programmes.
To foster commitment to humane and humanising values through:
A process of discussion, reflection, and introspection.
Action programmes that place students in positions of responsibility that call for a strong commitment to values.
To activate social concern by:
Organizing outreach programmes through which students actively serve communities in need.
Promoting gender sensitivity, ecological sensitivity, and disaster-response. Incorporating the social concern dimension into curricular design.
Making relevant and positive interventions in the social space, especially aimed at the empowerment of the marginalised in both the urban and rural spheres.
Promoting sustainability studies and research into alternative models of development as a means of seeking meaningful and innovative solutions to problems stemming from global warming and climate change.