St. Thomas College, Palai
|സെന്റ്. തോമസ് കോളേജ് പാലാ|
|Motto||Vita, Lux, Amor (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Life, Light, Love|
|Established||August 7, 1950|
|Principal||Dr. Joy George|
|Patron||Mar Joseph Kallangaratt|
|Location||Palai, Kerala, India
|Affiliations||Mahatma Gandhi University, UGC, NAAC|
St. Thomas College, Palai is a government aided college of higher education located in Pala town, Kerala, India. It was founded on August 7, 1950 by the Catholic Diocese of Palai. The college is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam and was re-accredited with A grade by NAAC in May 2015. The college is recognized under the sections 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act 1956. The Government of Kerala has recognized the college as a Special Grade College.
Founded in 1950. The main block, “Tisserant Hall”, called A-block, stoutly built with an enormous roof span and massive columns was ready to house the administration, classrooms, laboratories and libraries in 1953. The first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited the college in 1954. In 1981 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Pallickaparambil took over as the Bishop of Palai and the patron of St.Thomas College. In 2005 H.E. Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangattu became the Bishop of Palai and the Patron of the college. The college celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1976 with Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi as the chief guest. The preceding decade had been one of hectic academic activity during which more Post graduate courses- English, Physics, Economics and Mathematics were started, new hostels inaugurated, more blocks added to the cluster of buildings in the campus etc. Rev. Dr. N.M. Thomas, who succeeded Fr. Joseph Kureethadam as principal in 1968, retired from service in the jubilee year passing the baton to Prof. P.M. Chacko. Fr. James Vellankal followed Prof. Chacko in 1984. The successors of Fr. Vellankal included an illustrious line of academic administrators combining erudition with sharp acumen - Fr. O.P. Eanas (1986-1991), Fr. Philip Njaralakkattu (1991-1995), Rev. Dr. Kurian Mattam (1995-2001) and Rev. Dr. M.M. Mathew Maleparambil (2001–06). During 2006-09 Rev. Dr. Mathew John K was officiated as the drawing and disbursement officer.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded A Grade to St. Thomas' College. Furthermore, UGC has recognised St. Thomas College as one among the six colleges in Kerala accorded with the status of 'College with Potential for Excellence'(CPE).