Government Brennen College, Thalassery

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Government Brennen College Thalassery
GBC Thalassery Logo
Established 1862
Type Public
Principal Dr. K Laly
Location Thalassery, Kerala, India
Affiliations Kannur University, formerly to Calicut University

Brennen College is one of the oldest educational institutions in Kerala affiliated to Kannur University. It is located in Dharmadam, Thalassery of Kerala state, India. The Brennen College evolved from a school established by the English philanthropist Edward Brennen, who had made Thalassery his home. In December 2004, the government of Kerala bestowed the status of "university" on Brennen College. There are 16 departments in the college, most of which offer post-graduate level courses. There are around 2,000 students and 100 teaching staff.


Government Brennen College developed out of the free school established in 1862 by Edward Brennen, a master attendant of Tellicherry Port. It was elevated to the status of a II Grade College with F.A. Classes in 1890. The institution became a I Grade College in 1947, and it was shifted to the new building at Darmadam in 1958. Government Brennen College celebrated its century in 1990 wheb . The then Vice President of India, His Excellency Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma inaugurated the centenary celebrations. Brennen College is recognized as a center of Excellence by the Government of Kerala. The University Grants Commission includes the college in 12B and 2F Categories. In 2004 September, this institution with its entire legacy and quality drive was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council at B++ Grade.

The Brennen College campus is situated in Dharmadam Panchayath on a hillock just 5 km north of Thalassery town and 1 km away from Kannur-Thalassery National Highway. The campus has 16.5 acres (67,000 m2) of land housing the Academic Departments, Administrative Office, Central Library, Student’s Hostels, Staff Quarters, and Play Ground.

‘Santivanam’ is probably the only conserved pristine forest patch in a college campus in Kerala. The greenhouse beside the new PG Block and the Medicinal Herbs Garden in front of the Administrative Block also signify the eco-friendly culture of Brennen College.

Research programs[edit]

Five departments were approved as research centers under the Kannur University and have full- and part-time research scholars conducting research leading to Ph.D. degrees. Three minor research projects were obtained by the Department of Botany and Philosophy from the UGC.



The department of English offers B.A and M.A in English. This is also one of best Research Departments at Kannur University offering PhD in English.


The department of Arabic was established in 1967, offering a UG course in B.A Arabic and Islamic History (Double Main) for three years.


The department was established in 1956. It has a built-up area of 1,400 square meters. There are two laboratories with facilities to conduct inorganic, organic and physical chemistry experiments. The department library has 3,000 books. There are six faculty members including two guest lecturers. There are 100 students in the first year, second year and third year degree courses. During 2005-06, a student secured second rank in the university level, seven students got distinction mark, 20 students got first class and the overall result was 97%.


The Department of Commerce, established in November 1995, offers B.B.A (Bachelor of Business Administration). The course is three years. There is a one-day industrial visit for the first and second year students. The final year students are given three weeks industrial training in industry. The students prepare a project report based on their training. The students study the production system, management practices, financial aspects and marketing strategy of industrial undertakings.


The department offers courses in B.A Economics and M.A. Economics. Student intake for B.A Economics is 50 and P.G. 15. The department offers the Ph.D in Economics. The research center has been approved by Kannur University.


The Department of Hindi was established in 1890, at the same time as the college. Thereafter, for half a decade, the department was handing second language classes only. It now has both undergraduate and postgraduate classes, as well as a research centre and a seminar hall, the Hindi Parivar.


The department of History with B.A. degree course was started in 1956. An M.A. course in History was introduced in 1960, the first post-graduate course in the college. 180 students are in the three-year B.A course and 40 in the two year M.A course. Of the undergraduate and postgraduate students 20% belong to SC/ST categories, female students contribute 60% of the total strength.

Political Science[edit]

The Department of Political Science came into existence in 1956. Till 1999,the department offered Political Science as a subsidiary subject to History, Economics and English Literature. The undergraduate course in Political Science started in 1999. The student intake of the department is 40. The first batch completed their BA course in 2002. Ever since,the department has had more than 90 percentage of passout in the university examinations.


The department of Malayalam was established in 1890. <BY WHOM??............The department is accredited as a centre of excellence in higher education in Malayalam language and literature.--> Lecturers in the department included literary figures such as poet O. N. V. Kurup, thinker, orator and writer M. N. Vijayan, writer N. Prabhakaran and poet S. Joseph.


The Department of Mathematics started offering undergraduate degree course in Mathematics in 1947. The postgraduate course in Mathematics began in 1979.

The department offers B.Sc. degree course in mathematics with an intake of 40 students and M.Sc. degree course in mathematics for 15 students. The computer lab was partly funded by the alumni association (BOSAM) of the department.

Physical education[edit]

The college's athletes and players are winners in a number of intercollegiate national levels.


The Department of Sanskrit was established in the year 1890. This department is one of the oldest centres of Sanskrit Studies and a recognized research centre.

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Coordinates: 11°46′44″N 75°28′09″E / 11.7789°N 75.4691°E / 11.7789; 75.4691