St. Berchmans College

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St. Berchmans College (Autonomous)
SB College
St. Berchmans College logo.jpg
Motto Caritas Vera Nobilitas
Motto in English
Charity or Love of one's Fellow men is true Nobility.
Established 1922
Principal Fr. Tomy Padinjareveettil
Patron Mar Joseph Perumthottam
Location Changanassery, Kerala, India
9°16′13″N 76°19′19″E / 9.2702°N 76.3219°E / 9.2702; 76.3219Coordinates: 9°16′13″N 76°19′19″E / 9.2702°N 76.3219°E / 9.2702; 76.3219
Bursar Fr. John J. Chavara
Nickname SB
Affiliations Mahatma Gandhi University, UGC
Sports Basketball
For the college in Nijmegen, see Collegium Berchmanianum

St.Berchmans' College Changanassery also known as SB College, is the first Autonomous College in Kerala, India situated in the town of Changanassery 18 kilometers south of Kottayam. Established in 1922, the college has thirteen postgraduate and seven research departments. It is run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Changanassery, is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam and is recognized by the University Grants Commission(UGC). St. Berchmans' has a sprawling green campus and large play grounds. The college was granted autonomy by the UGC on 13 June 2014.


The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded Five Star status to St. Berchmans' College, in the first cycle of accreditation, A+ status on the second and A grade on the third; the top grading of each cycle. The UGC has recognised St. Berchmans' College as one among the six colleges in Kerala accorded with the status of 'College with Potential for Excellence'(CPE).

The college has won the R. Sankar award presented by the government of Kerala to the best college in Kerala twice in a row.

Academics and extra-curricular activities[edit]

Research areas in science include Material science, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry, Plant Taxonomy and Environmental Sciences. The college conducted an international conference on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development participated in by delegates from 26 countries in 2005. Apart from academics, the college has National Service Scheme(NSS) volunteers.

It is the only college in India, apart from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, to have a full-fledged Shakespearian Theatre. Shakespearian plays have been regularly staged since 1938. The Tempest was the last play to be staged, in January 2011.

Berchmans Institute of Management Studies (BIMS)[edit]

Berchmans Institute of Management Studies (BIMS) established in 1995, is under the management of St. Berchmans College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. It is a full-time Master of Business Administration programme. Berchmans Institute of Management Studies is recognized by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Former Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy,
  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Cyriac Joseph,
  • Cine actor Prem Nazir
  • IAS First Rank holder Raju Narayanaswami,
  • NSS General Secretary Narayana Panicker,
  • Cine actor Kunchacko Boban
  • Noted scriptwriter Bipin Chandran,
  • American scientist, professor and expert on Lithium-ion batteries Kuzhikalail M. Abraham,
  • Supreme Head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (Indian Orthodox Church) HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II,
  • India-born scientist Dr. Thomas John Colacot, who won the American Chemical Society’s ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry.

The alumni associations are spread across the Americas, Europe, Australia and the Middle East countries.

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