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Loyola College, Chennai

Loyola College is a Jesuit college in Chennai, India. It is one of India's elite/prestigious colleges. The College offers courses in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and commerce. It is autonomous, but affiliated to the University of Madras, which grants the degrees.

It was founded in 1925 by a French Jesuit, Father Francis Bertram, with the support of a group of Jesuit priests who had had their grounding at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.

The College offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was ranked the number-one college or institution for Science programmes in India by India Today in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007 it achieved the unique distinction of being ranked first in both science as well as arts. The Arts stream includes subjects such as Economics, History, English, and Sociology. The College has also been placed in the top ten institutions in India for arts, sciences, and commerce.

The college has been conferred the "College with Potential For Excellence" by the University Grants Commission. It was also given a Rs.10 Million grant (1 Crore) in 2006 by the UGC for the continual improvement of the college.

St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

St. Xavier's College, is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint of the 16th Century who travelled to India. The College was founded by the Society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Group started by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Since its inception, the Jesuits have toiled in the field of education, among other things, and were even called 'the school-masters of Europe' at one time. They are inspired by a vision of humanity drawn from the life, teachings and personality of Jesus Christ.

St. Xavier's College is a Catholic institution, which strives to form men and women, especially Christians and the marginalised, to build a more just and humane world. The intellectual endeavour it strives for, focuses on critical and creative thinking, with the aim of social transformation. This endeavour is inspired by the Values of the Gospel - from the New Testament of the Christian scriptures - while it appreciates and promotes all the other religions, especially the rich religious heritage of India.

The College makes a preferential option for the marginalised and it seeks to give an all-round formation, inculcating both human and spiritual values. St. Xavier's College is only a part of the vast educational efforts of the Jesuits in India and throughout the world. At present Jesuits run about 100 schools, 24 colleges, and innumerable non-formal and adult education centres in India, and all these form part of the effort of the Catholic Church to share in the vital task of education in our land.

On January 30, 1869, St. Xavier's College was affiliated to the University of Bombay. It is entrusted by the University with the task of preparing students for degrees in Arts, Science and Commerce.The Society of Jesus exercises responsibility over St. Xavier's College through a Governing Body whose Chairman is the Provincial of the Bombay Province of the Society. It's Vice-Chairman is the Rector of the College, while its Secretary and Chief Executive is the Principal.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, has long been recognized as a premier institution of higher learning for women in India. A centre for academic excellence and achievement, it is today one of the finest institutions for Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce, while also offering a B.Sc. Programme in Statistics. Professional courses like Elementary Education and Journalism are among its strengths. Located at the cutting edge of knowledge, LSR has not just kept pace with the changing world, but has been the pioneering spirit behind many innovations in the field of education. The striving is to imbue the teaching/learning process with a unique blend of intellectual rigour and aesthetic and ethical engagement. At LSR the belief is in a holistic vision that never discounts the past, but at the same time embraces the future with unwavering confidence in the ability to shape it and harness its potentialities.

LSR is committed to nurturing and creating women who are equipped to be world citizens. Women who take pride in their culture and heritage but also have a cosmopolitan understanding of the world today and a sensibility that celebrates diversity in all its joyous vibrancy. LSR students understand that with the power of knowledge, comes the responsibility to translate it into creative citizenship. They recognize challenges as opportunities. LSR students are empowered with professional competence, an ability to assume positions of leadership with ease and shatter inhibitory glass ceilings. An education at LSR enables women to reconcile excellence with humanity, to celebrate diversity and redefine notions of success. The emphasis is on a liberating and not a domesticating pedagogy.

Established in 1956 in New Delhi by the late Sir Shri Ram in memory of his wife, the college had its modest beginnings in a school building in Daryaganj, Central Delhi, with 243 students, 9 faculty, 4 support staff and 3 distinct courses of study. The aim of the institution was to provide access to higher education of quality to women. LSR is a testimony to the farsighted vision of its founder and his indefatigable enthusiasm to actualize his dream.

Today, the college is located in a beautiful 15 acre campus in South Delhi, has approximately 2000 students, over 150 faculty, administrative and support staff and 16 courses of study. Guided by an enlightened and supportive Board of Governors, drawn from the fields of industry, law, journalism, academics and the bureaucracy, under the inspiring Chairmanship of industrialist and philanthropist, Dr. Bharat Ram, the College has become a byword for academic and extra curricular achievement.The vision of creating a centre of academic and extra curricular achievement for women, of providing a context that emancipates the intellect and the spirit, of zealously guarding a space that develops critical thinking and rescues the imagination, has been actualized. The journey well begun, has infinite potential to evolve further setting newer standards of excellence.
4. St.Stephen's College, Delhi
St. Stephen's College is a religious foundation drawing inspiration from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It aims at helping its members realise spiritual and moral as well as intellectual and aesthetic values.Founded on 1 February 1881, St. Stephen's is the oldest college in Delhi. It was first affiliated to Calcutta University, and later to Punjab University. Finally with the establishment of Delhi University in 1922, it became one of its three original constituent colleges.

Arial Photograph of the College

College began with just five student and three teachers in a small house in Katra Khushal Rai, near Kinari Bazar in Chandni Chowk. From 1891 to 1941 it was housed in the building now hosted by Delhi College of Engineering, near St. James Church inside Kashmere Gate. In 1941 it shifted to its present site in the university Enclave. The present buildings of  College, with the exception of a few later additions, were designed by the distinguished architect Walter George.
College was established by a Christian mission from Westcott House, Cambridge. The Rev. Samuel Scott Allnutt was its Founder and first Principal. The anniversary of his death is observed as Founder's Day on 7 December every year.

5. Presidency College, Kolkata
Presidency College, Kolkata is one of the leading Indian institutions for undergraduate studies. During its long history it has produced huge number of, if not the most of, famous Indian scientists, artists, authors, politicians, philosophers etc.

The glorious history of Presidency College can be traced back to 1817 when the Hindoo College was established primarily to educate the youth of the Hindu community. But in 1855 the college was renamed as Presidency College to admit students from other communities. It was also one of the first Indian Colleges to admit female students although initially only boys were admitted to the Presidency College. The first female candidate attended its classes in 1897.

In fact the whole secular liberal spirit of Indian modernity can be said to have born in the Presidency College of kolkata as it was the primary seat of higher education during the time of India's struggle for independence. Presidency College Kolkata is spread over 14.5 acres of land and located in the College Street, West Bengal, India.
Facilities: Presidency College Kolkata provides hostel facilities to both male and female candidates. The Government Eden Hindu hostel was established in the year 1886 and it accommodates 272 boarders. The hostel is located at the adjacent 3 Peary Saran Sarkar Street, kolkata. The Girl's hostel is located at the Salt Lake City. It was established in the year 1992 and it can accommodate 92 girl students of UG and PG classes.

The library of the Presidency College is continuously equipped with latest technologies. While the Science and Arts libraries already provide Internet facilities an attempt is also made to make the entire circulation of books Computerized.

Students can also avail the football cum cricket ground, the Presidency gym, the basketball court, common rooms (separate for boys and girls) with indoor games like Table Tennis, Carom, and Chess etc., within the Presidency College Campus. Apart from all these they can also avail the Rowing facility free of cost at the Calcutta University Rowing Club and swimming facility at the College square swimming pool.

Courses at the Presidency College Kolkata: Presidency College Kolkata offers degree (Hons) courses in Bengali, English, History, Hindi, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology Sanskrit, Economics, Geography, Geology, Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Physiology, Statistics and Zoology.

The post Graduate courses of Presidency College consists of M.Sc. in botany, Chemistry, Applied Economics, Geography, Geology, Physics, Physiology, Zoology, Environmental System Management, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Mathematics. It offers M.A. autonomous in Hindi and M.A. as constituent College in Bengali, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology. The faculty members of the Presidency College also supervise the Ph.D. Scholars of Calcutta University and Jadavpur University.Its well known alumni include Bankim Chandra Chattopadhay, Amartya Sen, Jyoti Basu and Aparna Sen only to name a few.

6. Madras Christian College, Chennai

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The Madras Christian of Madras, but functions as an autonomous institution from its campus in Tambaram, Chennai. The college has recently been awarded the prestigious College in Chennai, South India, is one of the oldest colleges of the Indian subcontinent and was established in 1837.[1]Currently, the college is affiliated to the University A+ rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.The India Today Magazine in its recent survey (June,2007) places MCC among the Top Ten Arts and Science Colleges in India in all the three streams--Arts, Science and Commerce.

The college offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in arts, science, and commerce streams. Undergraduate programmes in vocational streams of Archaeology, Musicology (arts) and Industrial fish and fisheries (science) are also offered. The college also offers Master of Computer Application programme. A number of departments at the college also offer M. Phil and PhD programmes. The college has 29 departments including day and evening streams, with more than 4,200 students, half of whom notably are girls.MCC has a rich tradition of admitting girl students since 1939, and the lady faculty members since 1940.The institution has 220 odd faculty members, more than half of whom possessing Doctorates.

The 365 acre campus is known for its deer and trees, and is distinguished by a lake encompassed within the campus.It is the second largest scrub jungle in Asia,actively used by various departments like Botany and Zoology for their practical work. and has four resident hostels called Halls — St. Thomas's Hall, Selaiyur Hall, Bishop Heber Hall and Martin Hall — each with their own activities. Yet the most famous of these traditions is the inter-collegiate cultural programme titled "Deep Woods" which attracts students from around the country and is famous for the Rock Shows.

The College is associated with the [[Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School]in Chetput, and three others schools in Tambaram-the Oxfam, RSL and the Campus Schools.Prominent alumni of MCC include the former President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, three of the first four Finance Misiters of India,General Sunderji, Olympian-Rhodes Scholar Eric Prabhakar, T.N. Seshan - the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India, as well as Governors of State, Vice Chancellors of Universities, top level politicians, academicians, civil servants, journalists and media personalities.[citation needed] Old Students in this year's Padma awardee list include Raja Chelliah,ECG Sudharshan and Indra Nooyi. Among the prominent politicians of today are Prakash Karat, the General Secretary of the CPIM and R.Velu, the Minister of State for Railways.

7. Fergusson College, Pune
Fergusson College is one of the well known colleges in India and is situated in the western city of Pune. Consistently ranked among the top 10 colleges of the country, FC has a huge legacy behind its name. Built in 1885, the college was named after its first patron, Sir James Fergusson, the then governor of Bombay province who donated a then princely sum of Rs 1,200. The college is now under the jurisdiction of University of Pune.

Main Building of Fergusson College
  Main Building of Fergusson College

The college is the second oldest college in Pune (after the College of Engineering, Pune) and is the first Science and Fine Arts college in Pune. Apart from its renowned Bsc courses, today Fergusson College is also regarded as one of the foremost institutions offering BA degrees in Economics, Mathematics and Psychology among other specialized subjects. Because of the college's beginning before the urban sprawl of Pune began, the College boasts of a beautiful tree-lined campus with smooth rolling hills in the background.

 8. Presidency College ,Chennai
 Eyre Burton Powell established the Presidency College, Chennai in 1840. Presidency College got affiliated to the University of Madras after the latter’s establishment in 1857. The college was granted autonomy in 1987. After getting the autonomy, the college has carried out curricular and examination reforms to make education meaningful. The autonomy has also ensured that that there is a greater student – teacher interaction. A constant assessment of students in semesters and semester-end examinations is the basis of award of degrees. As the premier higher educational institution under the Government of Tamil Nadu, the college has 20 postgraduate courses and 18 undergraduate courses through 24 departments on offer. Almost all these programmes have research opportunities that lead to M. Phil and PhD degrees. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has accredited the college with four stars.
The list of famous alumni of the college includes Nobel Laureates Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman and Dr. Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar. Prestigious Indian publication India Today ranked the college as the number one science college in India in 2001 and number one arts college in India in 2002.

The objective of the college has been on providing higher education that adapts itself quickly to the changing environment for a meaningful and self-supporting life to the not so privileged sections of the society. The emphasis is also on providing quality education that fosters sense of responsibility, integrity, honesty and social awareness within the students.

9.Miranda House, Delhi
Miranda House (MH), one of the premier women's institutions in Delhi University, is also one of the oldest. Set up in response to a demand for higher education for women, its foundation stone was laid by Edwina Mountbatten on March 7,1948. Miranda House, Delhi has always maintained high academic results and encourages its students to express their ideas freely and develop views that help them respond to an ever changing society.Located within the Delhi University campus, Miranda House is built in warm red brick with cool and spacious verandahs. Its original design was by the architect Walter George, and the college shares architectural affinity with other colonial educational institutions of the country.The students initiated the setting up of a college union and in 1969-70, Miranda House became the first women's college to join the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU).Miranda House was one of the first colleges in the university to introduce courses in science. Initially classes were held in the university. Classes for B.Sc. (Gen) shifted to the college in 1963 and for the Honours courses in 1971. 

Located within the Delhi University campus, Miranda House is built in warm red brick with cool and spacious verandahs. Its original design was by the architect Walter George, and the college shares architectural affinity with other colonial educational institutions of the country.The students initiated the setting up of a college union and in 1969-70, Miranda House became the first women's college to join the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU).Miranda House was one of the first colleges in the university to introduce courses in science. Initially classes were held in the university. Classes for B.Sc. (Gen) shifted to the college in 1963 and for the Honours courses in 1971.

10.St. Xavier's College, Kolkata

St. Xavier's College is located in Kolkata, India, and is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint of the 16th century, who travelled to India. The College was founded by the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus), a Christian religious group started by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Since its inception, the Jesuits have specialised in the field of education, among other things, and were even called the "school-masters of Europe" at one time.

The Jesuits have established many colleges named after St. Francis Xavier in various parts of India. The best known ones are in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, was affiliated to the University of Calcutta and has been recenly granted autonomy. It is located in Park Street and very well known for its science, economics, commerce and English faculty. The commerce department conducts its classes in the morning, so that the students are done with classes by 10 am and normally work during the day. The science and arts department conducts their classes during the day. The college has two main hostels, the Christian and the Hindu hostels. The Christian hostel is inside the college compound and it is considered to be one of the worst in the country.

It is very well suited for those pursuing other professional certifications like chartered accountants and cost accountants. It is known for its excellent faculties, infrastructure and strong sense of discipline.

The college motto is "Nihil Ultra," Latin for "Nothing Beyond." Its alumni, as well as the students, call themselves Xaverians. The college fest is a three-day event known as Xavotsav, usually taking place between the 19th and 23rd of December.

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