Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms

Patna Women’s College, run by the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel (A.C.), has been involved in women’s education from 1940. It has an exclusive emblem of its own, with its own motto, which has a special meaning for all women who have passed through the portals of this Institution. This emblem symbolises the nature of the dedication of the Carmelite Sisters to women’s education. It consists of three parts the first part contains a book and a hand, the second has a cross with patli creeper and the third part has a shield, a cross and three stars.

The book and the hand in the emblem are those of Saint Teresa of Avila (Spain), a Carmelite Sister, who was one of the greatest and noblest ladies of the world. She was highly gifted by God and wrote some very worthwhile books. A woman for God and a woman for others, she is the Patron Saint of Patna Women’s College.

The Cross is a symbol of hope in times of suffering. The creeper encircling the Cross is the Patli creeper, which is of this place, Patliputra. The creeper clinging to the cross tells us that it was with great difficulty that this College was built, that we must not leave unfinished any work because of obstacles and that knowledge gained from books is second hand knowledge. It is experience gained through difficulties that matures a person.

The third symbol is that of the Carmelite Order to which the Sisters of this College belong. The shield like mountain is Mount Carmel in Palestine overlooking the Mediterranean sea, hence the blue background. Mount Carmel stands for stability and power, the symbol of God’s steadfast love. A cross on the summit of the mountain is the distinctive mark of the Carmelites. The two stars on either side of the cross represent the Greek and Latin eras through which the order has survived. The star in the centre symbolises Mary whose protection the Carmelites seek. At the lower part of the emblem, the Latin words, ‘Semper Sapientiae’ are inscribed on the scroll. They mean ‘Always Wise’. Thus, the slogan of our College is, ‘Go ahead and conquer knowledge’.

The College Anthem
These words of St. Teresa’s bookmark reveal our vision and spirit:

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All things pass,
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.

‘St Teresa’s Bookmark’
They also provide words for our College Anthem:

हे मानव रुके न कदम बाधाओं से
डरे न मन समस्याओं से, हे मानव…
तुम्हें कुछ भी न घट पाएगा
चिर सुभाग ही मिल जाएगा–2
तजो माया विनाशकारी
मिले भगवन परम सुखकारी–2.
आस्था तेरी परम सत्य है
और विश्वास तुझ पे अटल है। हे मानव…
जान लो जगत ये नश्वर है
मात्र ईश्वर ही सदा अचल है, हे मानव…