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Mechanical Curator Collection of the British Library, 1894, Public Domain

Popularly known as North Point, St. Joseph’s is a Jesuit boys’ boarding school in Darjeeling in north India founded in 1888. The Jesuits took over a Catholic school and first called it St. Joseph’s Seminary and later St. Joseph’s College. But after the college section broke away, the school was renamed St. Joseph’s School. Traditionally considered one of the best schools in the region, St. Joseph’s counted among its alumni the Shah kings of Nepal and the Wangchuck kings of Bhutan as well as notable Tibetan aristocrats and intellectuals such as Jamyang Norbu. In the years 1947-1951, Lobsang P. Lhalungpa, who was sent to India as the Cultural and Educational Representative of the Tibetan government, was based at St. Joseph’s and taught Tibetan there. His duties included overseeing the education of Tibetan students at North Point with the intention of training them for service in the Tibetan government. St. Joseph's became affiliated with Calcutta University in 1926.

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