Loyola College, Chennai
Loyola College, Chennai is an autonomous Jesuit college of the University of Madras, Chennai, India. It consistently ranks among the top ten institutions in India for degree programmes in commerce, arts, natural sciences and social sciences.
Coat of arms
|Motto||Luceat Lux Vestra|
Motto in English
|Let your Light Shine|
|Founder||Rev Fr Francis Bertram|
|Affiliation||University of Madras|
|Jesuit (Roman Catholic)|
Loyola College 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.
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 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.
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, along with other European Jesuits, the French Jesuit priest, Rev Fr Francis Bertram (originally a.k.a. Père François Bertrand; 1870/1871–1936), 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.
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 along with Women's Chritian 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, 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 until 2019, comes with a grant of Rs. 2 crore for the college to upgrade its facilities.
- T. N. Ananthakrishnan, joined the Department of Natural Sciences, Loyola College in 1948, build the Department of Zoology from scratch, established Entomology Research Unit within the Loyola College campus in 1968. He became the Director of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Calcutta in 1977. He won several laurels: 500 journal papers, 33 reference volumes and monographs, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award, Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, INSA Senior Scientist Award, Pitambar Pant Environmental Fellowship, and the Asiatic Society Gold Medal. He is a Fellow of the both National Science Academies at Bangalore (IAS) and New Delhi (INSA), and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Many insect species are named after him (Ananthakrishnana Bhatti 1967, Ananthakrishnaniella Stannard 1970, Ananthakrishnanothrips Bournier 1985; Allelothrips ananthakrishnani Stannard 1961, Hydatothrips ananthakrishnani Bhatti 1973, Exothrips ananthakrishnani Bhatti 1975, Helionothrips ananthakrishnani Wilson 1975, Liothrips ananthakrishnani Sen 1976, Terthrothrips ananthakrishnani Kudô 1978, Plectrothrips ananthakrishnani Okajima 1981 and Hennigithrips ananthakrishnani Johansen 1986).
- A. W. Rabi Bernard, member of the Parliament of India
- Father. Jerome D'Souza, S.J., Rector and Principal of Loyola College, Chennai from 1942 to 1950, elected to represent Madras legislative assembly at the Constituent Assembly of India from 1946 to 1950, member of the Indian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (1949, 1951-1952, 1955, 1957), founder director of the Indian Social Institute from 1951 to 1956, appointed as the Assistant and adviser of the Superior General of the Jesuits (Jean-Baptiste Janssens) for Indian and Asian affairs in 1957.
- G. Prabha, journalist, Professor of Sanskrit, and director of 'Ishti', the first film in Sanskrit with a social theme
- P. R. Pisharoty, physicist and meteorologist, father of remote sensing in India, began his career as a lecturer in Loyola College, Chennai in 1935, joined the India Meteorological Department in 1942, founder Director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune in 1962, Director of Remote Sensing and Satellite Meteorology, ISRO Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad during 1972-75, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of World Meteorological Organization from 1963 to 1968 and later its Chairman, Emeritus Professor at Physical Research Laboratory, recipient of Raman Centenary Medal (1988), INSA's Prof K R Ramanathan Medal (1990), International Meteorological Organization Prize in 1989
- Dr. Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu, S.J., Principal of Loyola College, Chennai from 1997 to 2000. He was vice chancellor of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore from 2000 to 2002, and University of Madras, Chennai from 2002 to 2003. He is the director of Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai since 1996. He published more than six hundred research papers and sixty books. Some of his books on biotechnology, bioinformatics, bioethics ecology and environment are used as textbooks in universities and colleges. His Tamil book on environmental awareness got the best book award from Tamil Nadu Government in 1995. He was awarded Tamil Nadu Scientist for Life Sciences (2000) by Tamil Nadu Government. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES) and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. He is Scientist Emeritus of CSIR and ICMR, New Delhi. He also holds many patents. One insect species is named after him (Jacthrips ignacimuthui), and so is one molecule (Ignaciomycin).
- Father. Charles Racine, S.J. (1897–1976), Head of Department of Mathematics, Loyola College, Chennai from 1939 to 1968. His research contributions are in the field of relativity and celestial mechanics. He presided over the 38th Indian Science Congress, Bangalore, 1951. He received the Legion of Honour from the President of France. A portrait of Fr. Racine was unveiled at the Math-Science Institute (Ramanujan Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (RIASM), University of Madras), as one of ten eminent mathematicians
- Fr. Francis P. Xavier, S.J., Scientist, Vice President Global Academics & Research at Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins (JWL) Geneva, Switzerland. Fr. Xavier is also the founding director of an interdisciplinary research institute, Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy (LIFE), Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET) from 2010 to 2016 and Thomas I. Gasson, S.J., Professor in the Physics Department in Boston College, Massachusetts from 2017 to 2018.
- Father. Lourdu M. Yeddanapalli, S.J. (1904–1970), Pioneer scientist in physical chemistry and was a contemporary of Einstein at Princeton University, USA. Fr. Yeddanapalli joined the Department of Chemistry in 1946 and served as the Head of the Department from 1946 to 1970. Fr. Yeddanapalli did valuable research in chemical kinetics, high polymers, chemisorption, heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption of polar gases on collagens, and paper chromatographic studies of amino acids and proteins. From 1970 the Indian Chemical Society, Kolkata has been awarding biannually the Fr. L.M. Yeddanapalli Medal for outstanding research in Physical Chemistry done in India. Fr. Yeddanapalli was a member of several professional organizations like the Plastic Research Committee (CSIR, New Delhi), and the Chemical Research Committee (CSIR). He was also a member of the Syndicate of University of Madras (1959–62; 1964–67). About 360 Chemistry students (BSc. Hons, MSc. and PhD), guided by him have become eminent professors, research chemists and administrators (IAS, etc.) in India and abroad.
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. 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.
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.
Law and politics
Heads of state and Heads of government
Supreme Court Judges
High Court Judges
- M. O. Hasan Farook Maricar, former Chief minister of Pondicherry, former Governor of Kerala
- Dr. M. K. Narayanan, former National Security Adviser of India, Director of Intelligence Bureau, the Governor of West Bengal and he also played a significant role in the negotiation of the India–United States Civil Nuclear Agreement
Other political figures
- P. Chidambaram, Member of Parliament, former Finance Minister, Government of India
- B. S. Gnanadesikan, president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee [TNCC]
- A. P. Shanmugasundara Goundar, former Member of the Legislative Assembly, Tamil Nadu
- P. J. Joseph, Member of Legislative Assembly, Minister, Government of Kerala
- Jose K. Mani, Member of Parliament, chairman of Kerala Congress (M) party
- Dayanidhi Maran, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India
- J. Shivashanmugam Pillai, first speaker of Madras Legislative Assembly (1946 -1955), first Scheduled Caste mayor of Madras
- V. Vaithilingam, former Chief minister of Pondicherry
- K. Thulasiah Vandayar, former Member of Parliament, Secretary and Correspondent of the A.V.V.M Sri Pushpam College
- P. Wilson, Member of Parliament and former Additional Solicitor General of India
- F. V. Arul, IPS, second Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
- K. Sankaran Nair, Imperial Police, former Director of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW)
- Ronald Carlton Vivian Piadade Noronha, Indian Civil Service, second and fifth Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh state (1963–68, 1972–74), RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration & Management (RCVP), premier training institution of M.P. Government is named after him
- B. Raman, IPS, former head of the counter-terrorism division of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW)
- Pattabhi Sundar Raman, former advocate-general of Tamil Nadu
- Dr. C. Rangarajan, 19th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council
- V. K. Rao, Indian Civil Service, Principal Secretary to the President of India, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
- V. Selvaraj, IAS, Chairman of Madras Port Trust and Industries Secretary of the Government of Tamil Nadu
- C. G. Somiah, IAS, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India
- S. Sripal, IPS, former Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu State
- N. Vittal, IAS, former Central Vigilance Commissioner
- Beno Zephine, first 100% visually challenged Indian Foreign Service Officer
- P. K. Gopal, International President of the International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement of people affected by leprosy (IDEA), first Chairman of the National Forum of Persons affected by Leprosy (now Association of People affected by Leprosy), recipient of the Padma Shri award in 2012.
- Joe Madiath, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of Gram Vikas, a non-governmental organisation based in Orissa, recipient of Water Champion Award from Asian Development Bank and Social Life Time Achievement Award by Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Awards in 2006
Science, technology, medicine, and mathematics
- Narayanan Chandrakumar, Professor Emeritus at IIT Madras, founder of the first Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) laboratory in India, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Ranjan Roy Daniel, former Dean, School of Physics and Senior Professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, Scientific Secretary of the Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED) from 1988 to 1995, Chairman of ISRO’s National Committee on Middle Atmosphere Research (1989) and Advisory Committee on Space Sciences (1981–88), founder member of Indian Physics Association and Astronomical Society of India, founder Chairman of the Bombay Association for Science Education, Fellow of IAS, INSA, TWAS, recipient of the Padma Bhushan award in 1992 and COSPAR International Cooperation Medal in 1994
- M. S. Narasimhan, Fellow of the Royal Society, London, Honorary Fellow of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Head of the Mathematics group at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, derived Narasimhan–Seshadri theorem and recipient of the King Faisal International Prize for Science
- Kadiyala Ramachandra, former head of the department of medicine at Madras Medical College and established the Department of Oncology & Cancer Chemotherapy and the Rheumatic Care Unit at the Government General Hospital, Chennai
- Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Visiting Professor at IIT Delhi, former President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Vice President of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad
- C. P. Ramanujam, known for number theory and algebraic geometry (Ramanujam–Samuel theorem, Ramanujam vanishing theorem), a mathematics student of Father Charles Racine
- Natesan Rangabashyam, established Ostomy Department in 1978 at Madras Medical College and Government General Hospital, Chennai, introduced the first M.Ch. (Surgical Gastroenterology) course in India in 1984, Honorary Surgeon to the President of India, R Venkataraman, Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Academy of Medicine, Singapore and the recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Dr B C Roy National Award twice
- Paul Ratnasamy, catalyst scientist, former director of the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
- Ravi Sankaran, ornithologist, former Director of the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History
- Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, former Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner for the County of Los Angeles
- C. S. Seshadri, Fellow of the Royal Society, London, founder and Director-Emeritus of the Chennai Mathematical Institute, derived Narasimhan–Seshadri theorem, the Seshadri constant is named after him, recipient of Padma Bhushan and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology
- Veeravalli S. Varadarajan, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Trombi–Varadarajan theorem, a mathematics student of K.A. Adivarahan in 1950
Educational institution founders and presidents
- Malcolm S Adiseshiah, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO (1963-1970), founder-director of the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), Vice Chancellor of the University of Madras (1975–78), recipient of the Padma Bhushan award in 2010
- Parvataneni Brahmayya, former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
- C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University and Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School
- P. S. Manisundaram, first Principal of the Regional Engineering College (which later became the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli), the Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology (ACGCET-Karaikudi) and the first Vice Chancellor of the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli
- V. M. Muralidharan, former chairman, Ethiraj College for Women
- Felix Raj, Vice Chancellor and a Professor of Economics at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, former Principal and Rector of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
- K. Thulasiah Vandayar, Secretary and Correspondent of the A.V.V.M Sri Pushpam College and former Member of Parliament
- G. Viswanathan, founder and chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology
Professors and scholars
- Srinivas Aravamudan, professor of English and former dean of the humanities at Duke University
- Mrityunjay Athreya, former professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, the London Business School and the Strathclyde Business School, Scotland
- Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University
- C. K. Prahalad, Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and distinguished fellow at the William Davidson Institute
- Wenceslaus Anthony, Chairman & managing director of WAML Group, Act Industrial Pty Ltd, recipient of the title, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice
- S. S. Badrinath, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
- M. Damodaran, IAS, Chairman of IndiGo, former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) and the Unit Trust of India (UTI)
- R. K. Krishna Kumar, Tata Administrative Services (1963), Trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Sir Ratan Tata Trust & Allied Trusts, former Vice Chairman of the Tata Global Beverages and Director of Tata Sons
- Sashi Kumar, founder and promoter of Asianet, chairman of the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
- Verghese Kurien, Father of the White Revolution, Founder Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) from 1965 to 1998, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), from 1973 to 2006 and the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) from 1979 to 2006
- N. Mahalingam, former chairman, Sakthi Group and former chairman, Ethiraj College for Women
- Arumugham Mahendran, Chairman and Managing Director of Global Consumer Products Private Limited and former Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products Limited
- Bala S. Manian, founder of ReaMetrix, Digital Optics and Quantum Dot Corporation
- Kalanithi Maran, founder and Chairman of the SUN Group
- Sudhakar Ram, Group CEO and Managing Director of Mastek
- Jerry Rao, chairman of the Value and Budget Housing Corporation and founder and former CEO of MphasiS Corporation.
- W Hansraj Saxena, Chief Executive Officer News J, former chief operating officer of Sun Pictures
- Ajit Shetty, former Chairman of Board of Directors, Janssen Pharmaceutica
- Ram Shriram, Forbes billionaire, founding Board member of Google Inc. (now Alphabet) and an initial investor in Google, Founder of the Sherpalo Ventures, Menlo Park and Board member of the Stanford University.
- A. Sivasailam, former chairman and managing director of Amalgamations Group of Industries
- Damal Kandalai Srinivasan, co-founder of Hindu Mission Hospital, Chennai
- N. Srinivasan, first Chairman of the International Cricket Council, managing director of India Cements Limited
- Rangaswamy Srinivasan, inventor at IBM Research
- Narayanan Vaghul, Chairman of the Board of ICICI Bank from 1985 to April 2009, director on the board of Wipro since 1997, member on the Boards of Mahindra World City Developers Limited, Piramal Enterprises Limited, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, recipient of the Padma Bhushan award in 2010
- Vijay Amritraj, tennis player
- Vasudevan Baskaran, captain of India men's national field hockey team, which won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union
- Mohammad Ghouse, cricket umpire and former Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association
- Sunny Gupta, cricketer
- 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
- Vidya Pillai, first Indian female snooker player to reach the finals of the WLBSA World Women's Snooker Championship
- Ramkumar Ramanathan, tennis player
- A. G. Kripal Singh, first class cricketer for Tamil Nadu
- A. G. Milkha Singh, cricketer
- Sivabalan, volleyball player
- Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, cricketer
- Sanjay Yadav, cricketer
- Tinu Yohannan, cricketer
- Kasturi Balaji, Managing Director of The Hindu
- S. S. Balan, former chairman emeritus of the Vikatan Group
- Vincent D'Souza, editor and publisher of The Mylapore Times and The Arcot Road Times
- Manu Joseph, former editor of OPEN magazine, and a columnist for The International New York Times and The Hindustan Times
- Narasimhan Murali, Co-Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., Proprietors of The Hindu Group of Publications
- Sanjay Pinto, Indian lawyer, former bureau chief and resident editor, NDTV 24 X 7
- N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Publishing Group (THG); former Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu Group of Publications
- N. S. Ramaswami, Indian sports journalist and former assistant editor of The Hindu, Mail and Indian Express
- Palagummi Sainath, former rural affairs editor of The Hindu, founder editor of the People's Archive of Rural India and recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award
Film, theatre, and television
- I. Ahmed, film director and producer
- Ajesh, singer, music composer
- K. V. Anand, cinematographer and director
- Arulnithi, film actor
- Mahesh Babu, film actor
- Ramachandra Babu, cinematographer
- Yuthan Balaji, film actor
- Joe D'Cruz, writer, novelist and documentary film director
- Venkatesh Daggubati, film actor
- Darshana, playback singer
- Deepak Dinkar, film and television actor
- Gifton Elias, music composer
- R. Ajay Gnanamuthu film director
- Gokul, film director
- Vinay Govind, film director
- Sikkil Gurucharan, Carnatic musician – vocalist
- Kalidas Jayaram, actor and playback singer
- Anand Jeeva, cinematographer
- Ashwin Kakumanu, film actor
- Arvind Krishna, cinematographer, producer and actor
- Anand Krishnamoorthi, film sound designer, sound editor
- Krishna Kulasekaran, film actor
- Jagadeesh Kumar, singer
- Thiagarajan Kumararaja, film director
- Maalavika Manoj, singer
- Richard M. Nathan, cinematographer
- Shanmuga Pandian, film actor
- Daniel Annie Pope, film actor
- Prashanth, film actor
- Pushkar–Gayathri, director duo
- Karthik Raja, music composer
- Yuvan Shankar Raja, music composer
- Mohan Rajan, lyricist
- K. Rajeshwar, film director
- P. C. Ramakrishna, theatre actor, The Madras Players
- Sunder Ramu, film and stage actor
- Paloma Rao, actress and performer
- Jayam Ravi, film actor
- Radha Ravi, film actor
- Anirudh Ravichander, music director
- Ruben, film editor
- R. Sarathkumar, film actor
- I. V. Sasi, film director
- Vinayak Sasikumar, lyricist
- Sasikumaran, film director, screenwriter and producer
- Ashok Selvan, film actor
- Sibiraj, film actor
- Tatineni Satya, film director
- Rajesh M. Selva, film director and screenwriter
- Soundararajan, cinematographer
- Bhuvan Srinivasan, film editor
- R. Sudharsan, film editor
- Suriya, film actor, producer, founder of the Agaram Foundation
- S. J. Surya, film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, music composer, singer
- Arvind Swami, film actor
- Hiphop Tamizha, (Jeeva) Tamil Hip-hop pioneers
- Vijay Vasanth, actor and managing director of Vasanth & Co
- Arthi Venkatesh, actress
- Vetrimaaran, film director, producer and writer
- Vijay, film actor
- John Vijay, film actor
- Vikram, film actor
- Siddharth Vipin, music composer
- Vishal, film actor, producer and anti-piracy activist
- Vishnuvardhan, film director
- Josh Vivian, singer, music composer
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