Histroy and Profile

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Named after the patron saint of the local catholic parish, the college was started in the year 1965 under the patronage of Rt.Rev.Dr.Sebastian Vayalil, the First Bishop of Pala. Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Manakkatt, the then Vicar of St. George Forane Church, Aruvithura, Rev. Fr. Thomas Araythinal, Mr. T.A. Thomman and a host of philanthropists in and around Aruvithura have played a very crucial role in the founding and later in the growth and development of this great seat of learning. For more than two decades Mar Joseph Pallickaparampil, the Bishop of Pala, had been the patron of this temple of learning. Rt.Rev.Dr.Joseph Kallarangattu is the present patron of this college.

The college, owned by the Forane Church, Aruvithura, situated on the banks of river Meenachil caters to the academic needs of the children of all communities both boys and girls of Erattupetta and the peripheral areas. It was started as a Junior College in 1965 with five batches of students in the first pre-degree class. Under the stewardship of the Managers Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Manakkat, Very Rev. Fr.Jacob Thazhathel and first Principal Prof. K.J. Scaria the college had a phenomenal growth even from its very inception. After six years of invaluable service when Prof. Scaria left Rev. Fr. Joseph Thekkanady came in his place. He served only for a short period of one year.

Then came Prof. P.J.Joseph who had a long innings of fifteen years as Principal during whose period the College made great strides and all round progress in both curricular and extra curricular fields. It was during his tenure that the college was upgraded (1978). There was remarkable increase in the number of students and staff members during the period. He got the unstinted support of a dedicated team of staff along with the valuable service of Very. Rev.Fr.Jacob Njavally, Very Rev.Fr. Abraham Paprappuram and very. Rev.Fr.Joseph Nattunilam, the managers.

Prof. M.M.Chacko took over as Principal in 1987. The College continued to maintain scholastic excellence till his retirement.In 1993. The then Manager Very Rev.Fr.Enas Ottathengumkal played a key role in maintaining high standards in the College. Rev.Dr.Sebastian Alappattukunnel was appointed Principal of the college in 1993. He was a man of vision and foresight who had the innate desire to make the college a prestigious institution. It was during this period that the college was included under 2 (f) and 12-B of the UGC act of 1956 as a consequence of which the college secured financial assistance from the UGC. He introduced an innovative scheme for building a nexus with the community by establishing a Community Telecasting Centre by coordinating the cable network in the locality. It is the first of its kind in India. Besides the construction of a bridge over river Meenachil with Governmental support, an auditorium and the UGC sponsored Women?s hostel were constructed. During his period, the college was accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation council Bangalore, at the four star level.

Prof. K.J.Devasia succeeded as the new Principal of the College in June 2001. The community Telecasting centre was able to find wider viewer ship with the optical cable link and the optical transmitters that were set up at the control room in the College. A well-equipped gymnasium was also set up at the College during his time. He retired from service on 31st march 2003.Very Rev.Fr.George Mulangattil the then Manager of the College was a motivating force, a pillar of strength behind the growth of the institution. Prof. Lucikutty Jose served as Drawing and Disbursing officer during April-July 2003.Rev.Dr.Joseph K.M.Kollamparampil H.O.D.of Politics, Alphonsa College, Pala, took over as the Principal in July 2003. With the staunch support of the managers Very Rev. Fr. John Potheetel,Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Pampara and Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Olickal he was able to bring great prestige and glory to the institution. It was during his tenure that an administrative block with conference hall, seminar hall and guest room was constructed. He materialised a long cherished dream of constructing an amenity centre for students. He took the initiative to construct an extension block for the St. Mary?s Hostel with the assistance of the UGC. He secured a strong foundation for the institution when the NAAC team accredited the college at the ?A? level in 2007. He retired from service in 2011 and is presently one of the Vicar Generals of the Diocese of Palai.

Dr. Ignatius Korah, HOD of the Dept. of Physics served as drawing and disbursing officer and Principal -in Charge during April - June 2011.Dr. Baby Sebastian who was formerly the Principal of Pazhassiraja College, Pulpally was appointed as the new Principal in June 2011. The Present manager Very Rev.Fr. Thomas Olickal is a very vibrant and able administrator. The institution is sure to make unprecedented progress during his tenure x Now the College offers instruction in Arts, Science and Commerce. As of now we have 12 under graduate courses namely, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Botany, Economics, Political Science, Commerce , English and Food Science and Quality Control (Self Financing) B.Com[Co-operation (SF)], BCA (SF), BA Mas Communication and Journalism and Seven Post Graduate courses in Chemistry and Physics and mathematics (SF), M.Com(SF), Economics(SF) Politics (SF) and M.Sc. Food Science and Technology (SF). An Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and Video Production is also conducted here. The parents of students and the local population have been extending unconditional support for the onward progress of the College.

The College aims at the over all development of the students which would enable them to become ideal citizens of our country. The management, the faculty and all the members on the non - teaching staff spare no pains to give all possible help for the spiritual, intellectual, moral and academic excellence of the students put under the care of St. George the ?Heavenly Patron?.