Established in 1970 as a section of St. Joseph’s College, St. Joseph’s Evening College became an independent college in 1972 and was recognized as an independent college by the University of Bangalore in the same year.
Managed by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society for the education of working men and women, the College rendered yeoman service for the education of the underprivileged and the marginalized.
The members of the Catholic Religious Order known as the Society of Jesus are running this institution. They are committed to promote “faith and Justice” among people of all goodwill.
It is this commitment that has made it possible for the college to achieve eminence among educational institutions in the country.
It is the first and the only Evening College in the Country to be conferred ‘autonomous’ status. The College has gone through two cycles of assessment and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The Inspiration of the college is derived from the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. He founded it in 1540 to work for the ‘greater glory of God’, with a group of nine university men gifted with conscience, compassion and competence. Their first educational institutions were established to prepare students for change. Today, with a membership of around 20,000, the Jesuits labour all over the world in different fields. Education and especially higher education has always been one of their priority areas. In their 4,000 schools and colleges spread over five continents, they educate over 20 lakh students. Preparing students for social change has been their objective.
St. Joseph's Evening College (Autonomous) in Bangalore is the only autonomous Evening College in India. The College follows the ideologies of Jesuit education and constitutional view of contributing towards a society of equality, fraternity and liberty through an admission policy of preferential option for the poor. The College desires to provide quality education to as many young boys and girls from all sections of society, it proactively extends support to students who lack opportunities.
Jesuits have always aimed to provide an education that forms students as whole persons who will change the world for the better. At St. Joseph’s Evening College, our vision is to prepare men and women for the service of others specially the poor, the oppressed and for those who are at the margins.
We aim to promote the integral growth of the students- physical, emotional, social and intellectual. Stress is laid on academic excellence, character formation and social concern. We strive to develop the whole person with a mission in life. Our mission is to build up a group of young men and women who would be agents of change in society and work towards a secular world of fraternity, equality and justice.
St. Joseph’s Evening College has unique philosophy of education. It believes in the Jesuit ideal of contributing towards a society of equality, liberty and fraternity through an admission policy of preferential option for the poor. The College aims at providing education to young working men and women from the socio-economically marginalized sections of society. It focuses on young people who are motivated yet cannot afford the luxury of a full time education. With a firm focus on its motto “faith and toil”, the College emphasizes development of the total person. Education in College is not only to develop a critical mind but also a concerned heart and right conscience. A graduate of St. Joseph’s Evening College is expected to be a person of a rational mind, secular spirit, strong social values with commitment to cultural diversity and human values.