The CBS Monogram was adopted by the Calcutta Christian Schools Society (the
founder body of CBS) on 24th November, 1897, and is rich in heraldry.
The Shield gules (red in colour), inescutcheon (having a smaller shield in the
centre of the primary shield) is charged with two Maltese crosses and two elephant
heads and an agent (silver) cross of St. George, patron saint of education.
The Maltese crosses represent blessings. The elephants symbolise strength and wit
and are also symbolic of our motherland India.
The Methodist (Episcopal) Church is represented by the Bishop’s mitre (head
dress) placed in the centre of smaller shield and the two sable (black) stars placed
in chief (on top)
The lamp on the crest has two meanings. It represents our Saviour Jesus Christ –
“the Light of the World” – and is a further reminder of the ‘light of knowledge’
disseminated by CBS.
The supporters on either side of the shield are griffins rampart (a mythical beast
with the head and wings of an eagle and the hind quarters of a lion standing on
hind legs) and are supposed to represent the characteristics of both animals – dexterity,
insight, majesty and power.
The scroll at the base of the shield bears the motto – “Dei Mundus Deo” –
(The World of God , for God) indicating the mission of CBS. The words -“Maxima DebeturPueroReverentia”
inscribed below the year of establishment, means: We owe the greatest respect to
The CBS monogram is truly a symbol of commitment to the field of education.