Loyola College
Coat of arms of Loyola College, Chennai
MottoLuceat Lux Vestra (Latin)
Motto in English
Let your Light Shine
TypeAided Autonomous Roman Catholic Non-profit Coeducational Higher education institution
Established1925; 99 years ago (1925)
FounderFrancis Bertram
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliations
University of Madras
ChairmanJebamalai Irudayaraja
RectorFrancis P. Xavier
PrincipalA. Thomas
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
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CampusUrban 99 acres (400,000 m2)

Loyola College is a private Catholic higher education institution run by the Society of Jesus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was founded in 1925 by the French Jesuit priest, Francis Bertram, along with other European Jesuits. It is an autonomous Jesuit college affiliated with the University of Madras. Loyola commerce association celebrated its 75th year in 2019. Loyola College has more than 8000 students studying as of 2021.[citation needed]


College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2022)[1]4

Loyola College secured 4th rank among 100 colleges in The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking 2022 with a score of 71.00.[2] It admits undergraduates and post-graduates and confers degrees in the commerce, sciences and liberal arts. The college is on a 99-acre (400,000 m2) campus in the neighbourhood of Nungambakkam. The campus features tree-lined pathways, academic buildings, steepled Gothic church that dates back to 1930, and separate fields for each sport.


Loyola Church

The name Loyola comes from the ancestral castle where Íñigo López de Loyola was born in 1491, the last of a large Basque family. He along with St. Francis Xavier and five other companions founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit Order), a worldwide organization of religious men numbering about 19,000. Nearly 4,000 are working in the 18 provinces of India.[3]

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.[4]

Loyola College was founded in 1925 by the French Jesuit priest, Francis Bertram (originally a.k.a. Père François Bertrand; 1870/1871–1936), along with other European Jesuits,[5] Fr Francis Bertram was educated at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. The Department of Economics was founded by Rev Fr Basenach from the London School of Economics.[6]


Main building

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, statistics, 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 along with Women's Christian college are the only colleges 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,[7] and in 2007 in both science and humanities.[8] 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.[9]

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 until 2019, comes with a grant of Rs. 2 crore for the college to upgrade its facilities.[10]

Loyola college is one of the colleges which was selected for Deen Dayal Upadhyay KAUSHAL Kendra, a remarkable scheme initiated and funded by the Government of India and the University Grants Commission. It hosts a variety of courses like B.Voc. 3D Animation, B.Voc. Digital Journalism, M.Voc. 3D Animation and M.Voc. Digital Journalism, all of which are designed to offer Job oriented training. It has both UG and PG level curriculum courses in the department.


Main article: List of Loyola College, Chennai people

Faculty of Loyola College include many distinguished academics.

Institute for Excellence


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.[13] Its cultural sensitivity also extends worldwide.[14]

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).[citation needed]

To somewhat fill the void the Loyola Student's Union organizes the intra-collegiate cultural event Ovations each September where the students compete for the Trophy in both on and off stage cultural competitions while representing their home departments. The college also used to host 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, but has not been conducted for the past 3 years for various reasons.[citation needed]


Main article: List of Loyola College, Chennai people

Loyola college alumni also referred to as Loyolites have been contributors in various fields of law, politics, civil services, science, education, business, sports and entertainment.

Loyola Alumni Association was officially started during the time of Rev.Fr.Lawrence Sundaram SJ in 1990. At present there are 34,000+ members. Loyola Alumni Day is celebrated on the First Sunday of August every year which is "Friendship Day".


See also


  1. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 15 July 2022.
  2. ^ "MoE, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". www.nirfindia.org. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Jesuits". 2 January 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Activities". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. ^ "The father of Loyola". The Hindu. 24 June 2013 – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ "Bertram". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Science".
  8. ^ "Humanities". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ "President". Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Excellence". The Hindu. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  11. ^ "LIMCOS".
  12. ^ "LIVE-Mrcollegehub.com". Archived from the original on 28 October 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  13. ^ Laha, Rozelle (2 July 2015). "Loyola College: The college with a heart". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  14. ^ Russian Embassy seminar on falsification of history, chennai.mid.ru; accessed 28 November 2016.

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