History of Our College

St.Joseph's College is an affiliated First Grade College of the Bharathidasan University. It was established in 1844 by the Fathers of Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). It was affiliated to the then Madras University in 1866. The College celebrated its centenary in 1944, sesquicentenary in 1995 and acquired the Five Star status, awarded by NAAC in 2000. It was recognised by UGC as a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) in 2004 and was Reaccredited by NAAC with A+ Grade in 2006 and A Grade in the third cycle. The College is owned by the Society of St.Joseph's, a body registered under Societies Regulation Act(1860), having its office at Tiruchirappalli. This Jesuit college trains young men and women of quality to be leaders in all walks of life so that they may serve the people of the nation in truth, justice and love.


  • In accordance with the Jesuit vision of higher education, St. Joseph's College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, aspires to offer holistic education, leading to the total formation of the individual within the human community.


  • In the context of emerging global scenario, the courses offered shall be designed to enhance the employability of students, integrating the dimensions of spiritual values and social commitment.
  • In keeping with the option of the Jesuit Madurai Province, the college shall be guided by the parameters of social justice and excellence in all academic, co-curricular and extra curricular activities and thus fulfill its obligation to all stakeholders.
  • The college shall continually strive to sustain a culture of quality in academic excellence and social relevance through human and material resources and facilitate the empowerment of students to be men and women for others and agents of social transformation.

Goals and Objectives

  • To promote academic excellence in teaching and research;
  • To bring about diversity and flexibility in the courses and patterns of University education which will suit the talents and abilities of the students and bring out the best in them, keeping in mind the needs of the society it seeks to serve;
  • To encourage innovation, specially in three areas:
    • i) Syllabus,
    • ii) Methods of teaching, and
    • iii) Evaluation;
  • To develop skills of communication and self-study;
  • To strive towards the excellence of the socially and academically disadvantaged among the students through remedial and flexible courses;
  • To arouse in students a sense of social justice, responsibility, compassion, sensitivity and concern for the poor and the disadvantaged through participation with SHEPHERD Programme; and
  • To inculcate in the students basic moral, social and spiritual values necessary for building up character and developing personality through courses in Ethics/Religion.
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