Rev Fr Ambrose Pinto SJ (67),  son of the late Vincent Pinto and the late Cecilia Pinto, brother of Sylvester / Juliana (Praveen, Naveen), the late Sr Valentine (FMM), Francis / Leena (Melwyn, Jeevan, Ida), Cyril / Stella (Arun, Anand), Damian / Margaret (Melita, Dickson), Rosy / Valerian (Conrad, Donald), Alphonsus Ligoury / Veera (Vandan, Viona), Florine / Dennis (Felicita Noella, Darryl), the late Hilary, Sr Isabella (Maids of the Poor), Mark / Leena &  the late Joseph / Maria, passed away on January 3, 2018 in Mallya hospital.

He was presently the Principal St Aloysius College, Cox Town Bangalore. He was the former Principal of St Joseph’s College, Bangalore. 

Funeral on Friday 5th January at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School Chapel, Museum Road, Bengaluru at 10.30 am followed by burial at Mount St Joseph cemetery.

Dr. (Fr.) Ambrose Pinto SJ
Designation: Principal
Qualification: M.A., Ph.D


June 1992: Mangalore University in Political Theory
1985 to 1994: Lecturer in Political Science in St. Joseph's College, Bangalore.
1994 to 1998: Principal of St. Joseph's Evening College, Bangalore.
1998 to 2001: Executive Director, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi.
2001 to 2003: Principal, St. Joseph’s Evening College, Bangalore.
2003 to 2011: Principal, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore
2011 to 2012: Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
2012 to 2013: Director, St. Joseph’s Evening College, Bangalore
2013 - Principal, St. Aloysius Degree College, Bangalore

Research & Consultancy Experience:

a. Dalit Christians in Karnataka: A Socio-economic Study, Ashirvad, Bangalore 560001
b. Evaluation of Minority Welfare Corporation Funding of the Ministry of Minority Affairs of the Government of India in 2000 offered to Indian Social Institute, New Delhi while as Director
c. Changing Identity of the Dalits in Karnataka – a major project from the University Grants Commission 2007 to 2010
d. Doddigunta Slum Survey with Grant from India German Social Science Society, New Delhi 2014
e. Fellow, Institute of Advance Studies – Shimla: 2011 – 2012
f. Editor of Social Action, a quarterly from the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi from from 1998 - 2001
g. In the Editorial Board of “Combat Law” published from Delhi from 2002 to 2005
h. In the Editorial Board of ‘Integral Liberation” from 2002 to 2014
i. Member of the Editorial Board of "The Fourth World - Journal of the Marginalized People" – Orissa from 2002 - 2008.

Books Published:

a. "Dalit Christians: A Socio-Economic Survey", Centre for Non-Formal & Continuing Education, Bangalore 1993
b. Higher Education, Politics and Ideology, Books for Change, 2004, Bangalore
c. Dalits in Karnataka: In search of identity and equality, Manak Publications, New Delhi 2014
d. Five Years of Saffron Rule in Karnataka, Manak Publications, New Delhi 2015

Books Edited:

a. Perspective in Jesuit Higher Education, Indian Social Institute, Bangalore 1996
b. Dr. Pinto Ambrose and Arundhuti Roy Choudhury, "Nuclearization of India: Myths, Beliefs and Facts", Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 1998
c. State, Development & Alternatives, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 1999
d. Dalits: Assertion for Identity, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 1999
e. VoxPopuli 1999: Analysis of Parliamentary Elections, Indian Social Institute 2000
f. Dr. Ambrose Pinto and Somen Chakraborty "Relevance of Communist Manifesto", Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 2000
g. Indian Reality: Debt and Development, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 2000
h. Resisting the Status Quo: Transforming Society, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 2000
i. Dr. Ambrose Pinto and Dr. Helmut Reifeld "Women in Panchayati Raj", Indian Social Institute, New Delhi 2001
j. Autonomy: A Review – Proceedings of a Seminar, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, 2008
k. From Religion to Faith – Reflection on multi-religious experiences, Asian Trading Corporation, Bangalore 2010 with Dr. Etienne Rassendran
l. Beyond Politics, Gyan Publishers, New Delhi 2016

Papers Presented:

60 and more
Articles Published: 110
Newspaper Articles: 85
Resource Person: 100 meets
International Seminars Attended: 12


a. Karnataka Rajyostava Award 2010
b. Garden City Award for best Principal 2010
c. Journalistic Award for the best coverage for SC/ST concerns by CBCI in 2009

Consultancy to the Karnataka Government

a. Expert committee member for the identification of the backward classes in Karnataka, appointed in 2015
b. Member of the committee for the improvement of Government Schools in Karnataka, appointed in 2016