Carmel College for Women, a Christian college, was established in 1964 to fulfil the long felt need for an institute for higher learning for women in Goa. The site for the college was generously donated by Mrs. Thelma Da Costa Lourenco of Margao, whose dream of a women’s college has become a reality.

The college is permanently affiliated to Goa University in the faculties of Arts, Science, and Commerce. It is managed by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel, a Roman Catholic Congregation.

Carmel college situated on Margao-Cortalim highway, has a spacious and modern building with adequate facility for study, games and recreation and a large campus for expansion. Nestled at the foot of the hills, it is an excellent place for study and reflection. Carmel college caters to the educational needs primarily of Catholic students. However all women irrespective of caste, creed and status are free to seek admission.

The college is a NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council ) Accredited institution. It has been awarded A Grade  by the NAAC, which is an  autonomous body  appointed by the  University Grants Commission.

The Carmel Higher Secondary Section was started in July 1975. Within 30 years of its inception, it has made giant strides towards offering an all-round education to the budding young girls of the state, particularly of the village of Nuvem. The courses of studies include the General streams of Arts, Science and Commerce. The Vocational Stream has three sections – Commercial Garment Designing and Making, Office Secretary ship/Stenography and Computer Techniques.

Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation

Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation

from L to R: Sr. Janet, Sr. M. Lizanne, Sr. Maria Christi (Manager), Sr. M. Aradhana (Principal), Sr. Samantha and Sr. Jonily A.C.

The Apostolic Carmel – Vision of Education:

 Holistic development of women through education. ” 

The Education imparted by the Apostolic Carmel is geared towards the total development of women by instilling in them Christian Values and forming them into responsible citizens, equipped to work in tandem with a rapidly changing and developing society.

Mission Statement

• To work for the faith formation of our Catholic students
• To have value-based and quality-oriented learning
• To prepare women to play a dynamic role in a multi-cultural global society.
• To inculcate a sense of integrity and service to mould women into strong nation-builders.
• To bring first generation rural learners into Higher Education to inculcate in them the strength to demand their due from family and society.

Core Values

* Widening knowledge through curricular & co-curricular activities
* Fostering leadership qualities
* Upholding truth, integrity & patriotism
* Promoting eco-sensitization
* Developing social consciousness


  • To foster and encourage a culture of research and consultancy among various departments.
  • To enhance our community interface through existing in-house portals of NSS, NCC, EPC, Womens’ Cell and the Consumers’ Forum to be able to meet the societal commitments through outreach programmes.
  • To renovate the Canteen facilities.
  • To construct a multi-purpose hall with an auditorium facility.
  • To increase the ICT infrastructure on campus.
  • To introduce M. Sc in Food Technology as an innovative employment oriented course.
From To Principal
2009 to Date Dr. Sr. M. Aradhana A.C.
2003 2009 Dr. Sr. Emma Maria A.C.
2000 2003 Sr. Florence Mary A.C.
1994 2000 Sr. Margaret Angela D’Souza
1989 1994 Sr. M. Rosanne A.C.
1984 1989 Sr. M. Jacinthe A.C.
1970 1984 Sr. M. Rosanne A.C.
1964 1970 Sr. M. Valeria A.C.

Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women is nestled at the foot of the hills in the village of Nuvem, Goa. It has the distinction of being the first and only College for women in the state of Goa.

The Ccollege is run by the sisters of the Apostolic Carmel congregation. The pioneers of this prestigious institution were Mother Theodosia A.C. the then Superior General of the Congregation, Sr. Amabel A.C., then superior of Fatima Convent, Margao and Monsignor Ronald Knox, the Internuncio.

Sr. Amabel felt the need to start a Women’s College in Goa and she shared her desire with her friend Dona Thelma da Costa Lourenco of Margao, who herself was working extensively in the field of education for several years in Bombay. Dona Thelma donated 35 acres of land at Nuvem for erecting a College for women as it had been her deep longing to see Goan girls pursue higher education.

The college had begun with the faculty of Arts and Science, but to-day it can boast of its expansion. The additions are the faculty of Commerce (1987); post-graduate course in Commerce (M.Com.) with specialization in Management and Accountancy (2007). The college also has to its credit a post-graduate course in Psychology (M.A.) (2007), with specialization in Counseling.

We are proud to announce our collaboration with National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industries (GCCI). The college also has a tacit understanding with Centre for Environmental Education (CEE). The college also has an ISO-9001-2008 certification.

Carmel College has a spacious and modern building with adequate facilities such as well-equipped laboratories and library, Wi-Fi internet, sports room cum Gym, museum, botanical garden for study, games and recreation along with Women’s Hostel and a large campus for expansion. The serene environment of Carmel College makes it an excellent place for study and reflection.

Our students are our pride. Their performance at the university is outstanding and they are well placed both nationally and globally.


The lotus petals  symbolize  Indian womanhood.

The hill of Carmel surmounted by a cross stands for prayer, sacrifice and love.

The open book   is a symbol of knowledge.

The Torch  stands for the liberating light of Truth

Motto: “Satyam Evam Mukti Danam”

“Truth is the gift and the giver of freedom”. We uphold the Truth at all costs and under all circumstances. In a rapidly changing and developing society our motto is an incentive to choose the right, the noble and the truth.

1) As the days keep gently fleeting,

     till the final duty’s done;

  We shall cherish every moment,

     Of our journey well begun!



Be our joy, our guiding light,

Sweet and pure and wonderful!

Glory be to Carmel!

We shall sing in your praise forevermore.


2) Strong in faith, and full of promise,

   We shall travel hand in hand!

  Well carry forth your ‘SHINING BANNER’

   To every corner of the land!



Be our joy……….


3) When the winds of life are stormy,

   We shall strive to keep the flame!

  Pearls of Carmel, rich in wisdom,

   Worthy to sing your precious name!



 Be our joy……….


Composed by:

Mr. Shakespeare Colaco.

Ex-Carmel College