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Mahatma Gandhi College

Coordinates: 8°31′56″N 76°56′34″E / 8.5323°N 76.9429°E / 8.5323; 76.9429
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Mahatma Gandhi College
മഹാത്മാഗാന്ധികോളേജ്[citation needed]
Other name
MG College[citation needed]
Mottoसा विद्या या विमुक्तये[citation needed]
TypePublic[citation needed]
PrincipalNandhyath Gopalakrishnan (from 2023 Feb)[citation needed]
AffiliationsKerala University

Mahatma Gandhi College is a college in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.[1] It was founded by to Mannathu Padmanabhan, the founder of the Nair Service Society.[2] The college is affiliated to Kerala University[3] and is managed by Nair Service Society. The pioneer institution in Thiruvananthapuram having "College with potential for excellence" awarded by NAAC.[citation needed] As per the 2019 NIRF rankings, Mahatma Gandhi College stands at 68th rank in India[4][5] and fourth rank in Thiruvananthapuram.[citation needed]


The college started functioning at Vadassery Amma Veedu at Perunthanni in 1948 and was later shifted to the present site[6] at Kattachakkonam, now known as Kesavadasapuram.[citation needed] Late C. Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India, laid the foundation stone for the new building on 22 August 1948.[6]

The Arts section was shifted to the building in 1949, and the Science section in 1950.[6] The main building was completed in 1958 and was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on 24 April 1958.[6][7] The college celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1974–75.[6] The foundation stone of the three-storeyed Mannam Memorial Block was laid by Sri. P. K. Narayana Panicker, General Secretary of the Nair Service Society (NSS) on 23 April 1989,[6] and the block upon completionwas inaugurated by Dr. Swaroop Singh, the then Governor of Kerala, on 2 October, the Gandhi Jayanthi day[citation needed] 1990.[6]

In April 2013, the principal of Mahatma Gandhi College objected to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) college unit collecting money for an "evening farewell money".[8] In a related event, the Kerala Women's Commission, after learning that student activists had detained a girl student for more than seven hours, launched its own inquiry.[8]

On 29 July 2013, starting at around 10:30 am, several students and outsiders, suspected to be ABVP activists and sympathizers, hurled crude explosives and damaged college property at Mahatma Gandhi College.[8][7] Police swung batons to disperse the students and detained 10 of them (though some of those detained could have been innocent).[8] Following the incident, a "Special Investigation Team" was set up to investigate the incident, and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan visited the college to see the damage.[7] Due to clashes between the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and the ABVP, campus politics is banned as of 2019 per a High Court[which?] order.[9]


The college has 4,000 students, 13 degree and eight postgraduate courses. Besides providing research facilities in various disciplines, the college has started an Instrumentation course attached to the Department of Physics.[citation needed]

Programs of study[edit]

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language & Literature Malayalam Hindi History Sociology Economics
B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) Mathematics Physics Chemistry Zoology Botany Psychology
M.Sc. (Master of Science) Mathematics Physics Chemistry Zoology Botany
M.A. (Master of Arts) Malayalam Hindi English Language & Literature Economics
B.Com. (Bachelor of Commerce) Commerce, Accountancy
M.Com. (Master of Commerce) Commerce, Accountancy

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Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About MG College, TVM – Mahatma Gandhi College". Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Founder – Mahatma Gandhi College". Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  3. ^ Handbook of Universities. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. 2006. ISBN 978-81-269-0608-6.
  4. ^ Staff Reporter (8 April 2019). "State colleges climb up NIRF rankings". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Kerala Improves Performance in NIRF College Rankings; Top 10 Colleges Here". NDTV.com. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "History of the College – Mahatma Gandhi College". Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "SIT to inquire into MG College incidents". The Hindu. 31 July 2013. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d "Violence at M.G. College". The Hindu. 30 July 2013. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  9. ^ I S, Gopika (17 July 2019). "The ugly face of campus politics". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Do you know the education background of Malayalam stars?". Deccan Herald. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2021.

External links[edit]

Official website

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