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Stephens College

St. Stephen's College is a Christian constituent college of the University of Delhi located in Delhi, India . The college admits both undergraduates and post-graduates, and awards degrees under the purview of the University.


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Founded in 1881 by the Cambridge Mission in response to a colonial government policy promoting English-language education in India, the College's first premises were in Chandni Chowk with 5 boarders and three professors, and was initially part of the University of Calcutta. After it changed its affiliation to Punjab University, Lahore, it moved into premises in Kashmiri Gate designed in the Indo-Saracenic style. These buildings are now occupied by the Election Commission for Delhi State. The first mention of a St Stephen's College occurs in the report of the Delhi Mission of The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 1864. This branch of the Society's work had been opened in 1854 at the instance of a chaplain of the East India Company, the Rev. Midgley John Jennings. He was the chaplain of Delhi and was killed in the 1857 Uprising. In the 1870s, Bishop Douglas of Bombay suggested that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge send out men of high scholarship who would live in a religious community and work amongst the educated classes of India. His idea was carried into effect by members of Cambridge University and inspired by the Revds. Hort, Lightfoot and Westcott. The enthusiasm and idealism of Westcott gave birth to the Cambridge Mission to Delhi. With the 1867 closure of Government College in Delhi because of financial problems, the Bishop of Lahore, Dr French, immediately urged the Cambridge Mission to fill the breach. St Stephen's School already had permission to open classes to prepare students for the B.A. examination of Calcutta University. And so on 1 February 1881 university classes were begun and St Stephen's College came into existence. The college was named after Saint Stephen, who was adopted by the Anglican church as the patron saint of Delhi after Christian converts were reportedly stoned to death during the 1857 uprising. (As they were the first 'martyrs' in North India and were stoned, parallels to Stephen were obvious.) In 1906, Principal Rev. Hibbert-Ware abdicated his post in favour of Susil Kumar Rudra who became the first Indian to head a major educational institution in India. The decision was frowned upon at the time, and was the subject of scathing editorial comment in The Statesman daily published from Calcutta, but Principal Rudra proved to have a tenure of extraordinary importance for the college, as described below. In 1920, it was decided to set up a University in Delhi and land was earmarked in the area where the Delhi Durbar of 1911 had been held. The University of the Punjab (at Lahore) received its charter more than one year after the founding of St. Stephen's College which became one of the two institutions first affiliated to it. Six students of the College sat for the Intermediate Arts examination of the Calcutta University in 1882, and two students passed the Punjab and two the Calcutta F.A. examination in 1883.Women were first admitted in 1928, as there were no women's colleges in Delhi affiliated with the Anglican Church at the time; after the founding of Miranda House in 1949, women were not accepted as students until 1975. Rev. Charles Freer Andrews, a prominent lecturer at the College and member of the Cambridge Brotherhood, was active in the freedom struggle, and was named Deenbandhu (or, 'Friend of the Poor') by Mahatma Gandhi on account of his work with the needy and with the trade union movement. A portrait of C. F. Andrews by his good friend Rabindranath Tagore currently hangs in the Principal's office. It is believed that Tagore completed the English translation of Gitanjali, for which he was subsequently awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature, while a guest of the College. After independence in 1947 and for the next two decades, St. Stephen's became particularly well known for the large number of academics, writers and prominent civil servants it produced. In fact, at one point in the 1970s two-thirds of all secretary-level positions in the Indian Administrative Service were said to be occupied by Stephanians. However, the college has produced many more alumni of distinction in various fields, especially with the beginning of the latter half of the 20th century. Eminent Stephanians may be found in any Indian roll call of - among other fields - politics, the media, literature (indeed, where a 'St Stephen's School of Literature' is sometimes made reference to), scientific research, industry, entertainment, the military and sports. The college is perhaps the only Indian institution that may count among its alumni the heads of state / government of three different countries: Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed of India, Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan, and Salim Ahmed Salim of Tanzania and the OAU.

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St Stephen�s Catholic College is a co-educational secondary school located in Mareeba, approximately 60kmswest of Cairns. Founded in 2006 on 28 hectares and administered by the Catholic Diocese of Cairns, our College provides a quality secondary education for students from the surrounding Tablelandsand Mossman areas. Our vision is that St Stephen�s Catholic College will be a safe and nurturing learning community where students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, to build successful relationships, to have an awareness of God�s presence and to strive to achieve their personal best. Our College enjoys an excellent reputation in academic rigor and performance, while also providing support for students from varied ability levels. The Australian curriculum informs teaching and learning in years 8 to 10, with the senior schooling curriculum structured to meet the needs of students who are following an academic or vocational pathway. Modern facilities and a strong emphasis on technology combine to enhance the learning experiences of our students. Our pastoral care program is designed to develop the whole person � emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically. We seek to form young people who are confident, have respect for themselves and others and are morally autonomous. The co-curricular activities at St Stephen�s Catholic College are varied and provide students with the opportunity to experience a range of sporting, cultural, enrichment and community service programs. In addition, the annual camps for each year level foster positive relationships among students and challenge them to master new skills. If you would like to know more about us, and how we can assist you to become part of the St Stephen�s family, please contact us for further information.



Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India. Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, former Cabinet Minister. Asaf Ali, Indian ambassador to USA, Governor of Odisha. Swapan Dasgupta, Senior Journalist and Political Columnist. Sandeep Dikshit, MP. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal. Indrajit Gupta, former MP and Home Minister of India. Salman Khurshid, MP, Minister of External Affairs (India), former Law Minister. Arun Maira, member of the Planning Commission. Prajapati Trivedi, Economist and 1st Secretary, Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat. Sir Chhotu Ram, pre-partition politician, knighted in 1937. Arun Shourie, Journalist and Economist with the World Bank. Kapil Sibal, MP, Law Minister of India. Shashi Tharoor, MP, former Minister of State, former Under-Secretary-General of the UN. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, former President of Pakistan. Sachin Pilot, Chief Rajasthan Congrees Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Vijayendra Nath Kaul, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (2002-2008)