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The Sisters of Jesus and Mary arrived from France to the shores of India – Agra in the year 1842. Not long after they established the first foundation there, they moved from Agra to Bombay travelling by bullock cart – a long journey of 40 days. By the year 1850, they opened schools in Parel, Bhuleshwar, Fort, Clare Road (Bombay) and Poona and had to supply these schools with well- trained and dedicated teachers which was not easy. However, to meet this need, a training class for Teachers was considered. So in 1894, after much prayer and discernment, a “Normal Class” or a Teacher Training Department was added to the Clare Road School. The students who joined this Department were awarded a Secondary Teachers’ Certificate (S.T.C.) after two years of training. Later, the Cambridge Higher Local Examination was introduced and the teacher training was extended to a period of three years. The students who did this three- year training were awarded a Teachers’ Diploma, qualifying them to teach in the higher classes – i.e. the senior Cambridge and the Matriculation.

Later again, a felt need arose to train Teachers for the Kindergarten, where the smaller children required special teachers, and with this in mind the Kindergarten Teacher Training Course (K.G.) was started. So far the three Departments – S.T.C, E.T.D. and K.G. – were a part of the Clare Road School and functioned as a ‘Normal Class’. But in 1937 a big change came about when all these three teacher-training Departments had to be separated from the School to function independently. In 1938 the ‘Normal Class' was raised to the status of a ‘College' and the name chosen for this ‘new- yet-old' training center was ‘St. Margaret's Training College'.

As the years passed, the T.D and the B.Ed. gradually replaced the S.T.C and E.T.D. In the year 1974 another change came about. The K.G. and J.S. T.C Course i.e. the Kindergarten and Junior School Teacher Training Certificate, was replaced by the T.T.C – Trained Teachers Certificate Course.

To date, the College caters entirely to the training of teachers for the Pre-Primary , Primary and Middle School Classes, primarily for the ICSE Schools, catering also to the State Schools in the country.

Being International in nature and spirit the Congregation is present among the young and the poor in all countries of the world.

The college has celebrated its Centenary 1894 - 1994

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