To run a foreign trade institution, what better patron could one have than the Ministry of Commerce itself, which set up the Christ University in 1963, an otherwise autonomous institution.
While students wishing to study in Bangalore may be spoilt for choice when it comes to engineering and medical colleges, there are just a handful of options for those wishing to purse an arts degree. Among the few bastions of quality liberal arts education in the city, Christ University is not only one of Bangalore’s best known colleges, but also one of the top arts college in the country.
Known as Christ College prior to its attainment of deemed university status in 2008, the institute was born out of the vision of Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate congregation. Located in the heart of the city, one will find Christ University’s much touted campus teeming with students discussing politics, art, literature, theatre, music, and everything else under the sun.
And if you are wondering if amidst all these activities, whether any studies actually take place, vice-chancellor Dr (Fr) Thomas C Mathew dispels all such doubts.
“Christ University is committed to its vision of excellence and service to deliver its best for the holistic development of its students. Infrastructure offered by our university for students is second to none, and academic excellence is ensured with the help of our dedicated faculty “, he says.
Its annual inter-college festival ‘In-Bloom’ is well known all over India, particularly for the high quality of its music and theatre competitions. Several successful music and theatre groups have first made their mark at In-Bloom.
Besides its popular programmes in English, economics, journalism, and media studies, Christ University also offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and doctorates in social sciences and languages, sciences, commerce and management, law, education, and engineering.
Christ University was one of the first colleges in the country to apply for accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and is currently rated as an A+ institution.
Christ University is known for its cultural events, which take place frequently. Besides In-Bloom, the intra-college festival, ‘Darpan’, is also hugely popular among its students. Students are also actively encouraged to join various clubs ranging from the Electronics Club to the Green Army. The university also has an annual sports festival called Chri-Spo-Fest, with competitions in basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, swimming etc.
The university also brings out various publications. For instance, Tour de Force is the bi-annual publication of the Department of Tourism Administration of Christ University. It exhibits a profile of current scenario in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The university also runs a campus radio that runs shows on education, philosophy, job hunts and discussion on current affairs etc.
Christ University is known to have one of the best campuses in Bangalore. The Bangalore Urban Arts Commission chose it for the best campus award from 1996 to 2000. The campus has well maintained gardens, air-conditioned seminar halls, panel rooms, conference halls, a health club, auditorium, kiosk, hostel facility for girl students, and all the requirements of an institute of higher learning. Arun Das, a second year BCom student, says that once he is on campus, he hardly ever feels the need to go out.
“The campus is fantastic. Usually after classes, I am either playing on the basketball court, or spending time in the computer labs till late into the day”, he says.
The university has also recently set up a second campus at Kengeri, about 25 kilometers from the main campus. This new campus with playgrounds and other sport facilities is the hub of other educational institutions such as Christ PU College – Residential, and Christ University Faculty of Engineering and Christ University Institute of Management.