People of Ajekar and its surrounding villages had no access to high school education until 1964. Having felt the need of educating the rural poor, late Rev. Fr Ligouri D’Souza, the then Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Ajekar met the village leaders and decided to open a high school at Ajekar. The name ‘Jyothi’ was selected by the people themselves with a reason that it suits all religions. Rev. Fr. Ligouri D’Souza had three spacious rooms built in collaboration with the people for classrooms. He invited the Bethany sisters and handed over the project to them in June1964. People of Ajekar had rendered their voluntary service to construct the school building which exists even today.

Co-education in schools run by the Religious Sisters was unknown in those days. Hence special permission was obtained from the Church authorities for such a venture. The Bethany sisters under the guidance of Superior General Mother Macrina opened class VIII on 22-06-1964; they were given land by Karkal Attur Parish through Rt. Rev. Dr Raymond D’Mello the then Bishop of Mangalore.  

The following Headmistresses served Jyothi High School Ajekar from 1964: Sr Edleburga BS, Sr Mariette BS, Sr Rose BS, Sr Concetta BS, Sr Olivia BS, Sr Christella BS, Sr Gladys BS, Sr Rose BS, Sr Virginia BS, Sr Donalda BS, Sr Mable BS (I/C), Sr Donalda BS, Sr Marie Ange BS, Sr Roselyta BS (I/C), Sr Marie Ange BS, Sr Divina BS, Sr Paulette BS, Sr Leera Maria D’Souza and currently Sr Reena BS.  

The school celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2014. During the past 50 years, it has prepared 12,500 students to climb the ladder of life. The Management and the staff felt the need to bring together all these scattered students by opening Alumni Association. This dream came true on 14-12-2012 when it was opened in the presence of an august gathering present to witness the Annual Day of the school. Jyothi High School, Ajekar is proud of its vast band of ex-students spread far and wide holding high positions. They are grateful to their Alma Mater and constructed a Golden Jubilee Memorial multipurpose mini hall in the Jubilee Year.  

In 1972 a Technical School was started. Building was put up for the purpose with the generous help of Misereor – West Germany. Unfortunately it was discontinued later.



Jyothi High School, Ajekar

Karkal Taluk, 574101, Udupi Dist.

Telephone Number 08253-271240
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Year of Establishment 1964
Status VIII - X
Aided/ Unaided Aided
Affiliated to Karnataka State Board
Headmistress Sr Jacintha DSouza BS
Correspondent Sr Roshel BS



Sr Roshel BS


Sr Jacintha DSouza BS

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Outgoing X Batch

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