The College was established by the Fabrica of Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim. It was blessed by Dom Raul Gonsalves, Archbishop of Goa & Daman & Patriarch of East Indies and inaugurated by Prof. B.S. Sonde, Vice-Chancellor of Goa University on May 30, 1999 during the tenure of Fr. Leonardo Correia as Parish Priest.
This College is managed by the Diocesan Society of Education. The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has set up two Diocesan Colleges, viz. St. Xavier's College, Mapusa. (established in 1963) catering mostly to the student population of North Goa district and Rosary College , Navelim, catering mostly to the student population of South Goa District. Rosary College of Commerce & Arts is a minority institution under article 30 (I) of the Indian Constitution. The Government of Goa granted permission to open a Degree College with First Year Arts, Commerce, and Science classes on 22-12-1989 through its letter No. DL-/Col cell/89-90/172/979. The Goa University granted affiliation for Commerce facility in June 1990 and affiliated for Arts Faculty in May 1991. In the academic year 1998-99 permission was granted for self-financed BCA (Com.) three years degree course by Goa University & Govt. of Goa. Permanent affiliation was also granted by Goa University to our Commerce Faculty in 1998 and to our Arts Faculty in 1999. Affiliation for the three years B.B.A. degree course was granted from 2000-2001.
Vision and Mission
Our vision : An educative community marked by justice, co-operation and integrity
Our mission: To empower young women and men, especially the underpriviledged as responsive citizens through holistic education
To sensitize our students to the needs of the community with a special focus on minority and underpriviledged sections of the society.
To empower students with the necessary skills so as to enable them to play an active role in national development and to become globally competent.
To strengthen the secular, democratic and non-discriminative spirit among the students through value-based education.
To use modern technology for effective teaching and learning.
Significance of the Emblem
This is an adaptation of an ancient symbol prevailing in India. This symbol reached Sri Lanka (2nd - 3rd Century), Chansen and Dvaravati in Thailand and OC EO in Ancient Cambodia. According to Robert S. Wicks (1999) independent waves of Indian influence presumably penetrated Southeast Asia at different rates and were absorbed unevenly from one region to another. Indian elements were selected, absorbed and altered accordingly to the needs and beliefs of local inhabitants.
This is an ever-flowing vase with two budding tendrils known as Vase of plenty (Purnagatha). The purnaghata motif has a long history in Indian art. The purnaghata is an emblem of fruitfulness and plenty. The tendrils represent growth. This symbol has been adapted from a 6th - 7th century silver medal (presently displayed at National Museum, Bangkok) discovered in a reliquary deposit found beneath of ruins of a chedi (stupa) at Nakhorn Pathom in 1943, known earlier as Dvaravati which is situated in the central part of present day Thailand. The same symbol has been also found on coins, toilet trays and ivory combs. In order to make a medal or coin a small bead of pre-weighed silver was pounded flat and it was placed between dies and stamped.
The Latin quotation "UT VITAM HABEANT ET ABUNDANTIUS HABEANT" is from John 10, 10 (They may have life and have it to the full). Rosary College is an ever-flowing vase of plenty, offering an educative environment to its students, staff and faculty. It offers an integral education far from the myopic goal of obtaining a mere degree. Its constituents should grow, bloom and blossom taking advantage of the abundance that is offered and live their lives to the full. The curvature of the circle has been kept intact as in the original medal to indicate our journey towards perfection.