About St. Philo’s


St Philomena Pre – University College was bifurcated from St. Philomena composite College and came into existence in 2001. It was founded by the visionary Very Rev. Msgr Antony Patrao in 1958. It is a minority institution, located in Puttur, a backward Malnad area of Coastal Karnataka State. During its long tenure of existence, it has grown and developed into a prestigious institution in the whole of Karnataka and neighbouring states. The primary focus of this institution is to provide an opportunity for higher learning to the Catholic youth of the area. However, from its very inception it has been imparting liberal education to boys and girls of all castes and creeds without istinction. Thus, the College is an expression of the love of Christ towards all youth. Inspired by the same spirit of sacrificial love and service, Msgr A. Patrao established this College and became the pioneer in the field of higher education in this backward Malnad area of Puttur. Today, the College is well known for discipline, academic excellence, outstanding performance in curricular, co-curricular and in ports and games fields.




Msgr Antony Patrao was born on 10-12-1901 in an illustrious family of Mangalore, D. K. District of Karnataka.After his early education in St Aloysius College, Mangalore, he joined the St Joseph’s Seminary, Jeppu, Mangalore. He was ordained a priest on 3-12-1927. After toiling for the welfare of the people of Urwa, Bajpe and Vittal, Fr Patrao was appointed as Parish Priest of Mai De Deus Church, Puttur on 8-10-1939. Here he dedicated himself wholeheartedly for the uplift of the people, irrespective of caste and creed. A true Philanthropist, visionary, he established the following institutions in Puttur.

  • Mai De Deus Primary School
  • St Victor Girls’ High School
  • St Philomena High School
  • St Philomena P. U. College
  • St Philomena College
  • St Victor English Medium School
  • Fr Patrao Hospital

A man of great vision, loved by men and God, passed away on 14-05-1975 at the age of 74. His whole life could be summarised in the following words of Jesus Christ.



Mission And Vision:

St Philomena Pre – University College is dedicated to serve the society by means of higher education. It is an expression of love and concern of Jesus Christ to humankind. The words Faith and Service. enshrined in the emblem of the College imply selfless service, commitment and dedication.




  • Opportunities of higher education in the rural area.
  • Integrated development of personality of the students.
  • Sensitizing the students to social needs and problems.
  • Excellence in everything.




The College expects every student to maintain a high standard of discipline inside the class rooms. The authority of the College extends over every student on its rolls, whether resident or non-resident in all places and at all times. Misbehavior or delinquency of any kind which in the judgement of the Principal lowers the tone and prestige of the College will be appropriately dealt with and may even involve striking the name of the student off the roll of the College. Read all the rules written in this calendar


St Philomena P. U. College is managed by the Catholic Board of Education (CBE) of the Diocese of Mangalore which is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1956. Rt Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore Diocese is the President of the Governing Council. Very Rev.Fr. Antony M Shera is the Secretary and […]

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