Christ University

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Official Logo of Christ University.
MottoExcellence and Service
EstablishedJuly 15, 1969
Vice-ChancellorDr Fr Thomas C Mathew, CMI[1]
LocationBangalore, Karnataka, India
12°56′5″N 77°36′19″E / 12.93472°N 77.60528°E / 12.93472; 77.60528Coordinates: 12°56′5″N 77°36′19″E / 12.93472°N 77.60528°E / 12.93472; 77.60528
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Official Logo of Christ University.
MottoExcellence and Service
EstablishedJuly 15, 1969
Vice-ChancellorDr Fr Thomas C Mathew, CMI[1]
LocationBangalore, Karnataka, India
12°56′5″N 77°36′19″E / 12.93472°N 77.60528°E / 12.93472; 77.60528Coordinates: 12°56′5″N 77°36′19″E / 12.93472°N 77.60528°E / 12.93472; 77.60528
Christ University
Aerial view of the block one, block two and main library of Christ University

Christ University is a private deemed to be university in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Founded in 1969, it is managed by the priests of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous Syrian Catholic religious congregation in India. The college was granted deemed to be university status in 2008.

The university offers a range of nationally and internationally recognized undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a variety of academic disciplines including Law, Business Administration, Commerce, Management, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. In addition, it offers professional courses in a number of fields including Business Management, Computer Application, Hotel Management, Mass Communication, Social Work, Engineering and Tourism.

Christ College was recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, (UGC) on June 17, 1972. It was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC), a UGC-funded body, in 1998 and reaccredited in 2005. Christ College has the distinction of being the first college in the state of Karnataka to be accredited by the [National Assessment and Accreditation Council] (NAAC), for quality education. It is currently rated an A+ institution by the NAAC and was recognized as a College with Potential for Excellence.[2]


The University campus was awarded ‘Best Institutional Buildings and Garden’ award by the Bangalore Urban Arts Commission for three consecutive years between 2000-2002. It also bagged the ‘Best Institutional Garden’ instituted by the Mysore Horticulture Society for twenty four consecutive years including 2012.[citation needed] The campus is a zero waste campus and recycles its wet waste and used paper.[3] The University campus is a cashless campus with all students being provided with smart cards which serve the dual purpose of being identity cards and debit cards.[4]



The main campus has Jonas Hall which accommodates 300 female students while Christ Hall accommodates 260 male students. Devadan Hall on Kengeri campus accommodates 1000 male students while Christ Hostel accommodates 200 post graduate female students.[citation needed]

Organization and administration[edit]

The university's main campus is spread over a large area of 25 acres (100,000 m2) and is part of the 100-acre (400,000 m2) Dharmaram College Campus in the central part of Bangalore city. This campus is located on the extension of Hosur Road (NH 7) opposite the Bangalore Dairy Flyover.

In 2009, Christ University opened an Eco-friendly campus spread over 75 acres at Kengeri on the Bangalore-Mysore highway SH 17 which houses the Faculty of Engineering, PU Residential college and the Christ University Institute of Management (CUIM). The city campus is placed close to residential localities such as BTM Layout, which is one of the most popular residential and commercial places in Bangalore, Koramangala, another large neighborhood and Jayanagar, one of the largest residential neighborhoods in Bangalore.

The University has around 12000 students from all over India and some parts of the world and around 500 faculty members.[5]


Christ University offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in academic disciplines classified under the Schools of Law, Education, Sciences, Social Sciences & Languages, Commerce & Management and Engineering.[6] In 2005, the formerly known Christ College (now Christ University) was the first institution in South India to be re-accredited with A+ by NAAC.[5]

Undergraduate program[edit]

Undergraduate programmes are of three-year duration except in the case of Bachelor of Education (BEd, one year), Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM, four years), Bachelor of Laws (LLB, five years), Bachelor of Technology (BTech, four years) and an integrated BTech/MTech or MBA (five years).

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) programmes follow a Triple Major system.[6]

Wikipedia in UG program[edit]

Wikipedia workshop for second language students

The Institution entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CIS to make article writing on Wikipedia a core exercise for the continuous internal assessment of its 1600 undergraduate students. The state-of-the-art university which also has a recording studio, hosted the first of its kind Wikipedia video tutorials in two languages — Hindi and Kannada.[7] The Hindi and Kannada articles may be found at collection of Hindi articles and collection of Kannada articles

Graduate program[edit]

Higher education rankings[edit]

India Today had rated the institutions of higher education in India on several parameters and the rankings for the year 2013 are summarised in the two tables. The BBA and BCA programmes are rated among the best in India. The university ranking has moved up thirty one in 2012 to twenty three in 2013. Though it is a private university it has been ranked among government universities as well.[8]

India Today ranking of universities [8]
India Today higher education ranking 2013 [9]
Bachelor of Business Administration1
Bachelor of Computer Application1
MS Communication3


Christ University has collaborations with Western Michigan University, Catholic University of America and Baldwin Wallace University in the USA, Swansea University, Sheffield Hallam University, Liverpool Hope University in the UK, Griffith University in Australia, Lille Catholic University in France and NHTV University of Applied Sciences in Netherland. MoU for exchange programmes were signed with six Korean universities in 2013.[5]

Christ University is part of the University Studies Abroad Consortium(USAC).[10]

India gateway program[edit]

The India gateway program(IGP) is a short stay program specially designed for foreign students to experience India.[11] [12]


There are two libraries in the city campus: the main library and the 'Knowledge Centre' which is spread across the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the central block.[5]



The university publishes six peer reviewed journals:[5] Artha-Journal of Social Sciences,[13] Mapana-Journal of Sciences,[14] Ushus-Journal of Business Management,[15] Atna-Journal of Tourism Studies,[16] Tattva-Journal of Philosophy [17] and Christ University Law Journal.[18] The university has published over 220 books in Kannada, through Kannada Sangha, a non-profit organization promoting Kannada around the world.

World Records[edit]

On 10 January 2011, Christ Junior College, Bangalore, under ensemble director Vineeth Vincent, in an event titled 'Can You Say Beat Box?' created the largest human beatbox ensemble in the Limca Book of Records with 2136 participants.[19][20][21][22]

According to the Guinness World Records, the record for the largest human beatbox ensemble[23] was achieved by Christ University (India) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, on 5 February 2011 under ensemble director Vineeth Vincent involving 1,246 participants. This record was broken by Shlomo on 14 November 2011 with 2,081 participants.[24]

Traditions and student activities[edit]

Bhasha utsav[edit]

Bhasha utsav is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural festival with the main features being Dollukunita, thunder dance and bayalata. The festival showcases the cultural traditions of the country.[25] Past years have seen Garudi Gombe, Chenda Singaram Melam, Kalaripayattu, Vedic Chanting, Thiruvathirakkali, Rabindra Sangeet, Thiruvathirakkali, the Kerala Nadanam, a pure blend of Mohiniyattom and Kathakali. This is one day in the year where students wear their ethnic clothes and dance to the musicians beats on the campus.[26]


The University has an active theatre group which organises yearly productions. 'The Anointing'(2014) was the biggest production so far.[27]






Christ University is involved in a controversy surrounding the granting of deemed university status. According to norms, before the status is granted, the affiliating university (Bangalore University in this case) is required to submit a “No-Objection Certificate" (NoC) to the UGC. The state government refused to grant the request for a NoC, and Bangalore University did not send an official NoC either. Instead, the UGC relied on ambiguous text in a letter from Bangalore University's registrar.[32] This led to the inclusion of Christ University in a list of 44 universities that were to be derecognized as deemed universities.[33] As of November 2011 the matter is still waiting the final decision of the supreme court.[34] However, the court has maintained status quo on this issue and Christ University continues to be a deemed university.


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  4. ^ Kumar, Chethan (8 August 2013). "Christ campus goes cashless". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Aleem, Ayesha (24 june 2013). "Different Keystrokes". India Today. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
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  9. ^ The Best Colleges of India. India Today. 24 June 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Ushus". Website. Christ University. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Atna". Website. Christ University. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Tattva". Website. Christ University. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "CULJ". Website. Christ University. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "This world record will be a mouthful". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  20. ^ "Christ College Sets National Beatboxing Record". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  21. ^ "Christ University students attempt record in beatboxing". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  22. ^ "Christ Junior College beatboxers aim to set a new record". Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  23. ^ "Largest human beatbox ensemble". Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  24. ^ "Largest human beatbox ensemble". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  25. ^ "Bhasha utsav". The Hindu. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "A cultural ensemble at Bhasha Utsav". Deccan Herald. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  27. ^ Philip, Zoya (2 March 2014). "Answering the curtain call". Deccan Chronicle. 
  28. ^ rao, H.S. Raghavendra (4 January 2008). "An exit from Kannada space". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  29. ^ Nagaraj, Nirmala (24 July 2010). "MIND OVER MATTER A special scholar". Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "TEDxChristUniversity". Webiste. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  31. ^ "Making of Mindtree Part II(1999-2003)". Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  32. ^ "Deemed status: Bangalore University breaks its own rules?". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2008-08-06. 
  33. ^ "Centre to derecognise 44 deemed universities". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Govt says 44 deemed universities must be de-recognised". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 

Related links[edit]

School of Law, Christ University

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