Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Fr. Clarence Fonseca
Fr. Magi Murzello
Msgr. Nereus Rodriques
Adv. Joaquim Reis
Vision : “A commitment to guide our students to achieve excellence through holistic education”
- To mould students to be morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired, by Christian principles, to be responsible citizens of India and the world.
- To enable students realise their full potential in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits.
- To foster a scientific temper and encourage students to adopt a rational approach to solve problems.
- To empower students to be good leaders who will spread the light of knowledge, harmony and equality in all spheres of life.
- To equip students with the required knowledge and skills to face the challenges of the real world
In working towards realizing our Vision and Mission, we at St. Andrew’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce have set for ourselves the following objectives of education.
* Impart quality education by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning.
* Improve student performance at examinations.
* Recognize and encourage excellence in academics, cultural and sports activities.
* Encourage and assist research activities.
* Cultivate leadership qualities.
* Provide opportunities for team building, setting and achieving targets.
* Connect the world of academics with the world of work.
* Inculcate a sense of discipline, social responsibility and community service.
* Imbibe secular principles and respect for each other’s faiths and ideologies.
* Transform our students into competent and confident, sensitive and conscientized young men and women.
Against the scenario of darkness that has engulfed the human horizon due to ignorance, oppression, corruption, denial of justice and human rights, inhuman treatment of women, drugs, alcoholism, depicted by the dark background on the crest, there is light which dispels the gloominess of our world and herald’s joys and peace. It is the light of Jesus Christ, represented by the white host, who said, “He who follows me will not walk in darkness”.
The patron of our college, St. Andrew, conscious of the social dimension of the gospel, dared to share the light of Christ with others. His death is signified by the red diagonal Cross. The crest embodies our sincerity to enlighten the darkness that clouds our environment, by striving to live lives built on love and service.
Let St. Andrew’s College be widely known and appreciated for the fibre and sinew of moral and intellectual strength of the academic community, which it is privileged to house and nourish, and for its efforts to dispel darkness and brighten the lives of our sisters and brothers around us.
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|Fr. Magi Murzello (Ongoing Term)||Fr. Magi was appointed as Rector of the college in June 2016.|
|Fr. Aniceto Pereira (2013 – 2016)||Fr. Aniceto Pereira, ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Bombay in 1982, was appointed in 2011 as Assistant Manager of St. Andrew’s College, and made Rector of the College in 2013. As care-taker on behalf of the Management, Fr. Aniceto strove to provide all the necessary support for the academic programme of the College, as well as develop the infrastructure required for the academic growth of the various departments of the College. Fr. Aniceto also oversaw the five year value education programme offered to all the students, as well as the Faith-on-Campus project geared towards the Catholic students. Fr. Aniceto organized regular meetings of the Trustees so that a profound channel of communication was maintained between the Trustees and the College, to the great benefit of all those involved in the College. In June 2016, Fr. Aniceto Pereira gave in his resignation as Rector and Trustee of the College, in order to take up his new post as Rector of St. Pius X College, Goregaon.|
|Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues (Inception – 2013)|
MOU signed between D’Youville University, US and St. Andrew’s College on 8 February 2013.
MOU signed between Cardinal Paul Poupard (Milan) and Cardinal Oswald Gracias for the Cardinal Paul Poupard Chair for Inter-Religious and Inter- Cultural Dialogue at St. Andrew’s College on 19 September 2009.
Memorandum of Understanding signed between University College of the Fraser Valley, Canada and St. Andrew’s College on 6 December 2007. Through this we hope to have a student exchange, then staff exchange programmes and soon work together on joint research projects.
The proposal to start a new Catholic college in the Archdiocese was first discussed at a meeting of educationists called by Archbishop Simon Pimenta at Archbishop’s House on 10 March 1979. It was felt that a new Catholic college was needed in the suburbs as there was no such college offering courses leading to B.A, B. Sc and B. Com degrees. Besides there were so many Catholic schools under the direction of the Archbishop and the number of colleges was rather small. At the subsequent meeting of the same committee called by Archbishop held on 27 September 1979, it was decided that a Catholic college be started at Bandra and the Vice-Chancellor be contacted to ascertain the feasibility of such a college. Bandra was chosen for this college because of the Catholic population in this suburb and because St. Andrew’s Parish had a very convenient plot of land which could be used for the construction of a new college. During 1980 much planning was done to study all the aspects to start this college.
Mother Theresa M.C., Nobel Laureate was gracious enough to unveil a plaque on the 1 January 1981 to inaugurate the project of this new college which was to be named St. Andrew’s College of Arts, Science & Commerce.”
In June 1981, Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues was appointed Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s Church and was entrusted with the work of establishing this college and constructing the new building required to house the college.
A new Trust, St. Andrew’s Society for Education and Research was created on 10 July 1981, with the founder members, Cardinal Simon Pimenta, Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues, Fr. Rodney Esperance and Mr. Res Pinto as Trustees and the application to obtain the permission to open a new college was submitted to the University of Bombay. It was after two years that this permission was granted by the Government of Maharashtra and the University of Bombay on 24 June, 1983.
Accordingly, the college was inaugurated on 9 July 1983 by Archbishop Simon Pimenta and was housed in the premises of the St. Andrew’s Junior College.
The foundation of the new college was blessed and laid on 4 March 1984 but the construction work could not start till 2 March 1985 because various permissions from the U.L.C authorities, Municipal Corporation, etc., needed much time. The first phase of the construction of 18 classrooms was completed in June 1986 and solemnly blessed on St. Andrew’s Feast Day, 30 November 1986.
Subsequently the chapel, the library, the administrative block, the students’ common rooms were constructed. Since more rooms were required two new floors with 18 classrooms were added in 2002.
The latest addition is the annexe which was completed in the Jubilee Year 2007 – 2008 and will be a memorial of this Silver Jubilee Year. Presently, it houses three well equipped laboratories and a new canteen for the students.
As the management of the college has a broad vision of education, it was quick in introducing new degree courses as the Mumbai University opened its doors to various disciplines. We now have in our college besides B.A and B.Com, B.M.S. started in 1999, B.M.M. in 2002, B.Sc. (I.T.) in 2001, B.Com. (Accounts and Finance) in 2003, and this year B.Sc. (Hospitality Studies) degree course was inaugurated and is housed in the school building, thanks to Fr. Vernon Aguiar and Fr. George Athaide.
So far eight principals have guided the college, starting with Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues, followed by Prof. Marie Correa, Sr. Theresa Mathias, Sr. Annette Thottakara, Prof. Lilla D’souza, Prof. Priscilla Fernandes, Prof. A. D. Mascarenhas and the present incumbent Dr. Marie Fernandes. Mr. Johnnie Alves has been the administrator from 1983.
In 1983 the college started with 194 students and progressively increased to its present strength of over 4000 students. The Junior College which was run by the St. Andrew’s School was attached to the college in 1998.
The Motto of our College “Enlighten the Darkness” is inspired by Christ who is the Light of the World and the guiding force behind the college activities under the patronage of St. Andrew, His Apostle.
May this college grow and fructify into an institution of Learning, Culture and Religious Values.