St. Stephen's College is a religious
foundation drawing inspiration from the life and teachings of Jesus
Christ. It aims at helping its members realise spiritual and moral as
well as intellectual and aesthetic values.
Founded on 1 February 1881, St. Stephen's is the oldest college in
Delhi. It was first affiliated to Calcutta University, and later to
Punjab University. Finally with the establishment of Delhi University in
1922, it became one of its three original constituent colleges.
The College began with just five student and
three teachers in a small house in Katra Khushal Rai, near Kinari Bazar
in Chandni Chowk. From 1891 to 1941 it was housed in the building now
hosted by Delhi College of Engineering, near St. James Church inside
Kashmere Gate. In 1941 it shifted to its present site in the university
Enclave. The present buildings of the College,
with the exception of a few later additions, were designed by the
distinguished architect Walter George.
The College was established by a Christian
mission from Westcott House, Cambridge. The Rev. Samuel Scott Allnutt
was its Founder and first Principal. The anniversary of his death is
observed as Founder's Day on 7 December every year.
has an all-India and all-denomination membership; it has students and
teachers from all communities and from all parts of India. There are
also some teachers and students from abroad. There is provision for
nearly 250 gentlemen and 108 ladies to reside in College.
The College provides ample facilities for
development of an integrated personality. It has a fine library
containing more than ninety thousand books. The College playing fields
for out-door games are situated outside the Old City Wall between
Kashmere Gate & Mori Gate while there are facilities for playing tennis,
basketball and soccer on the College Campus. The Francis Monk
Gymnasium, the Junior Common Room and the Ladies Common Room provide
facilities for gymnastics, badminton, squash, table tennis and other
The College has a Chapel, which is open to all
members of College for worship and meditation. Instruction from the life
& teachings of Jesus Christ is given to first year Christian students.
Student Societies and Clubs play a vital role in the total life of the
College. For each subject there is a Society which sponsors
extra-curricular lectures and discussion and, in general, tries to
stimulate interest in the subject. There are many other academic and
cultural societies and clubs covering a wide range of activities, such
as debating, dramatics, mountaineering, film and music appreciation,
social service, photography, electronics and astronomy.
The College awards each year a number of
prizes to students for high achievement in academic & extra-curricular
activities. Scholarships and other financial aid are given to deserving
students on the basis of need-cum-merit.