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Loyola College, Chennai

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Motto in English
Let your Light Shine

Fr. Francis Bertram

044 2817 8200


University of Madras


Loyola College, Chennai

1925; 92 years ago (1925)

Religious affiliation
Jesuit (Roman Catholic)

Sterling Road, Near Nungambakkam Railway Station, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034

Luceat Lux Vestra (Let your Light Shine)

Notable alumni
Vijay, Jayam Ravi, Mahesh Babu, Vishal, Vikram

DG Vaishnav College, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekana, Madras Medical College, Stanley Medical College, Madras Christian College


Loyola College is an autonomous, Jesuit institution under the University of Madras in the city of Chennai, India. It consistently ranks among the top five institutions in India for degree programmes in commerce, arts, natural sciences and social sciences. It admits undergraduates and post-graduates and confers degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and commerce. The college is on a 99-acre (400,000 m2) campus in the heart of Chennai, in Nungambakkam. Its tree-lined pathways, academic buildings, steepled Gothic church which dates back to 1930, and separate fields for each sport, make it a landmark in the southern metropolis.



The name Loyola comes from the ancestral castle where Saint Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491, the last of a large Basque family. He along with St. Francis Xavier and companions founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a worldwide organization of religious men numbering about 19,000. Nearly 4,000 are working in the 18 provinces of India. In Tamil Nadu there are 480 Jesuits working in schools, colleges, youth services, social work centres, parishes, mission outreach programmes, and in other forms of service and church ministry.

Loyola College was founded in 1925 by French Jesuit Fr. Francis Bertram, along with European Jesuits educated at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. The Department of Economics was founded by Fr. Basenach from the London School of Economics.


The college offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The arts/humanities stream includes English, economics, commerce, history, Tamil and sociology. Science courses include physics, chemistry, botany, zoology and computer science. The college follows a credit-based, semester pattern. Undergraduate students must pass all examinations and obtain at least 120 credits in three years to be eligible for a degree. All students must also earn non-academic credits from extra-curricular and social service options. The Department of Outreach facilitates social work in the college. It is a degree requirement that every student irrespective of department complete the outreach program in second year, intended to form more complete human persons. The program takes students to slums and backward areas in and around Chennai to acquaint them with the sufferings of the people and to serve in small ways to better the living conditions. The program awards 3 credits.
Loyola College is the only college in the state capital Chennai with "A+" accreditation from NAAC. India Today magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 ranked Loyola number one in India for science degrees, and in 2007 in both science and humanities. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research has recognised Loyola College as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the highest research honour for an Arts and Science College. The college has been conferred a "College with Potential For Excellence" status by the University Grants Commission. It was given a 10 million grant (1 Crore) in 2006 by the UGC for continual improvement of facilities. The UGC has further certified it as a "College of Excellence" in the year 2014. The certification, for a period of five years till 2019, comes with a grant of Rs. 2 crore for the college to upgrade its facilities.


Loyola College was a pioneer among colleges in South India in hosting cultural fests, and stands out among men's college in Chennai for fostering well-rounded development. Women were first admitted at the turn of the millennium, and they too are encouraged to participate in cultural activities. The College has been commended for its blend of cultures and for requiring all students to have weekly contact with the poor. Its cultural sensitivity also extends worldwide.

The large, Down Sterling inter-college carnival was terminated by college authorities in 1992 when things got out of hand. This historic carnival is memorialized in the friendship song "MUSTHAFA MUSTHAFA" from the movie Kadhal Desam (1996). To somewhat fill the void the Loyola Student's Union organizes the inter-collegiate cultural event Ovations each September. The college also hosts an annual inter-collegiate dance competition called "Ignite" each February, where its dance team, Loyola Dream Team, excels; also featured are Western/acoustic music bands, and variety and mime teams. And Sanjay Pinto was already a fiery orator in 1991 to 1994 when he brought prominence to the Loyola Debating Society and college.

Notable alumni

Alumni include a former president of India, politicians, diplomats and civil servants, entertainers, eminent sportsmen, Olympic medalists, writers journalists and philosophers.

Politics and administrative service

  • P. Chidambaram, Former Member of Parliament, Finance Minister, Government of India
  • H.E.M. O. H. Farook, Former Chief Minister of Pondicherry,Former Governor of Kerala(died in office on 26 January 2012
  • B. S. Gnanadesikan, President of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee [TNCC]
  • Dr. M. M. Jacob, Former Governor of Meghalaya
  • P. J. Joseph, Member of Legislative Assembly, Minister, Government of Kerala
  • Daniel Lisulo, Former Prime Minister of Zambia
  • Dayanidhi Maran, Member of Parliament, Minister, Government of India
  • Dr. M. K. Narayanan, Former Governor of West Bengal
  • Dr. C. Rangarajan, Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India
  • U. Sagayam, Indian Administrative Service
  • Mr. Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Sitting Judge on the Supreme Court of India
  • Just. P. Sathasivam, Former Chief Justice of India, Governor of Kerala
  • Pattabhi Sundar Raman, Former Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu
  • V. Selvaraj IAS, Former Chairman of Madras Port Trust
  • V. Vaithilingam, Former Chief Minister of Pondicherry
  • Dr. Ramaswamy Venkataraman, Former President of India
  • N. Vittal, IAS, Former Central Vigilance Commissioner
  • Beno Zephine N L, Indian Foreign Service
  • Academics and business

  • Sashi Kumar, founder and promoter of Asianet, leading southern regional Television Channel
  • Verghese Kurien, Father of the White Revolution, founder of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF)
  • N. Mahalingam, Former Chairman, Sakthi Group and Former Chairman, Ethiraj College Trust
  • Kalanithi Maran, Chairman, Sun Television Networks, Forbes billionaire
  • V.M. Muralidharan, Chairman, Ethiraj College for Women and Global COO, Bahwan CyberTek Group
  • M. S. Narasimhan, Fellow of Royal society, former Director of Mathematics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
  • C. K. Prahalad, pioneering management guru and writer, famed for "Bottom of the Pyramid"
  • Sudhakar Ram, CEO of Mastek Sports
  • Jerry Rao, founder of MphasiS, a leading IT company; business man and entrepreneur
  • C. S. Seshadri, Fellow of Royal society, Director-Emeritus of Chennai Mathematical Institute
  • Ram Shriram, Forbes billionaire, board membeiir of Google and one of the first investors in Google
  • N. Srinivasan, owner and Chairman, India Cements and Chennai Super Kings cricket team
  • Rangaswamy Srinivasan, inventor at IBM Research
  • Udhayanidhi Stalin, Producer-Owner of Red Giant Movies
  • Narayanan Vaghul, Chairman, ICICI Bank, India's largest private sector bank
  • G. Viswanathan, founder Chancellor of VIT University
  • Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
  • R. K. Krishna Kumar, Former director of Tata Sons and Padma Shri awardee
  • Felix Raj, principal and former rector of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
  • Natesan Rangabashyam, Gastroenterologist and Padma Bhushan recipient
  • Narayanan Chandrakumar, chemical physicist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Sport

  • Vijay Amritraj, tennis star
  • Vasudevan Baskaran, Indian hockey player and coach
  • Jawad Hussain, first class cricket player (father of the former England captain, Nasir Hussain)
  • Sharath Kamal, Indian table tennis player
  • Ramanathan Krishnan, tennis player
  • Ramesh Krishnan, tennis player
  • A. G. Kripal Singh, first class cricketer for Tamil Nadu
  • A. G. Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer
  • Tinu Yohannan, Indian Cricketer
  • Religion

  • Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Swami Parthasarathy, Philosopher on Vedanta
  • Journalism

  • Sanjay Pinto, Resident Editor, NDTV 24 X 7 (Editor of the Loyola Herald and the President of the Loyola Debating Society, 1991 to 1994)
  • Narasimhan Ram, journalist, Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited, Publisher of The Hindu
  • Palagummi Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu and Magsaysay awardee.
  • Chess

  • Viswanathan Anand, Grand Master and chess champion
  • Ashok Kumar, chess player and captain 2007-10
  • References

    Loyola College, Chennai Wikipedia

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