St. Thomas College, Thrissur

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St Thomas' College (Autonomous)
Administration Block of St Thomas' College
MottoVeritas Vos Liberabit
Motto in English
The Truth Will Set You Free
TypeGovernment Aided College
FounderMar Adolph Medlycott
PrincipalDr K.L Joy
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
AffiliationsUniversity of Calicut

St. Thomas' College (Autonomous), Thrissur is a Government Aided college located in Thrissur City, the Cultural Capital of Kerala, India. Founded by Mar Adolph Medlycott in 1889, this college played a very important role in the development of the State. It is the first Catholic college in Kerala and is conducted by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur. Mar Andrews Thazhath is the Patron and Mar Tony Neelankavil is the Manager of the College now.
The college is affiliated to University of Calicut. The College attained Autonomous status in 2014 and was recognised as College with Potential for Excellence by University Grants Commission in 2016. The College was awarded A Grade in its third cycle of reaccreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) after the peer team review in 2016.


St. Thomas College, Thrissur

Started as a lower secondary school in 1889, the founder, the first Vicar Apostolic of Thrissur, Adolphus Edwin Medlycott, named it St. Thomas’ College. In 1919, it was raised to a second grade college in arts, affiliated to the University of Madras.[1] The college was raised to the rank of a Second Grade College for the service of the people in the field of higher education during the period of Rt. Rev. Dr. John Menachery, the Bishop and Vicar Apostolic of Thrissur in April 1919.[2]

In 2004, St. Thomas' College has been accredited with a B++ grade by NAAC, an autonomous organization instituted by the UGC. In September 2010, St. Thomas' College was re-accredited with A grade by NAAC.[citation needed]

2018-2019 is celebrated as Centennial Year of establishment, Sathyaprayan 1919-2019, and year long program was inaugurated by Honorable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind on 07th august 2018.

Academic Programmes[edit]

The college offers graduate, postgraduate and Ph.D.-level programmes in a wide range of subjects. There are nineteen teaching departments[3] (including the nine research departments[4] and the twelve postgraduate departments[5]) that encompassed 140 teachers.


  • General
    • Department of Media Studies
    • Department of Physical Education
    • Department of Social Work
  • Humanities
    • Department of History
    • Department of Political Science
  • Languages
    • Department of English
    • Department of Hindi
    • Department of Malayalam
    • Department of Sanskrit
  • Mathematical Sciences
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Zoology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Electronics
  • Social Sciences
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Economics
  • Other
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Department of Physical Education
    • Department of Library and Information Studies

Department of Physics[edit]

The Department of Physics was started in 1922 within three years of the establishment of the college itself. In 1951 a B.A Degree in Physics was started (later changed to BSc) was started with the affiliation of the Madras University. In 1961 MSc Physics (of Kerala University) was started which was a rare course in those days (one among four colleges in Kerala then). This Department offers bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in Physics.

Department of Zoology[edit]

The department of Zoology, established in 1957, was affiliated to the University of Kerala. Post Graduate course was introduced in 1969 with entomology as the special paper. The department was approved as a recognized research center under university of Calicut in 1974 and is enriched with a full fledged Research laboratory supported by Department of Science and Technology.

Department of Statistics[edit]

In the year 1955, the Degree Course in B.A. Statistics was started under the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics affiliated to the University of Madras. The B.A. Course was converted to three year B.Sc. course in Statistics in 1958 under the University of Kerala. The Department of Statistics was established in the year 1984. This department offers bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and Doctoral Studies (PhD).

Doctoral Studies (PhD)[edit]

  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Zoology

Department of Library and Information Studies[edit]

The Department of Library and Information Studies has two constituents: (1) the library which supplements the academic, intellectual, informational, inspirational, spiritual and recreational requirements of the academia with its rich resources and services, and (2) the department of information studies which offers various academic programmes.

Department of Library[edit]

The Department of library is one of the largest and oldest college libraries in Kerala. It is divided into four sections: General, Science, English and a separate section for the self-financing courses in Jubilee Block. The General section holds general, multidisciplinary, language and literature books in Malayalam, Sanskrit and Hindi along with the books in humanities and social sciences. This section also has a rich collection of reference books. The Science section contains volumes in natural, physical and mathematical sciences. The English section possesses resources in English language and literature. The Self Financing Section of the library has books in the disciplines of Social Work, Electronics, Computer Applications, Business and Media Studies.

The Library houses about a hundred thousand books and subscribes to more than one hundred periodicals including journals, magazines and dailies.

The valuable collections include forty sets of Encyclopӕdiae, twenty sets of Dictionaries and Directories of various categories. Some of the collections are very rare, viz. 4 editions of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2 editions of World Book Encyclopedia, Collier's Encyclopedia (24 volumes), Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia (29 volumes), Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia (15 volumes), The Book of Knowledge: The Children's Encyclopædia, International Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environment (30 volumes), Encyclopedia of Visual Art (10 volumes) and Encyclopedia of Animal World (21 volumes). In the collection of Dictionaries there are 20 sets of various types, among them A New English Dictionary (9 volumes), published in 1888, is the rarest and the most valuable. Moreover, A Dictionary of English Language abridged by Robert Gordon Latham from that of Samuel Johnson in 1882, Malayalam-English Dictionary by Hermann Gundert and Malayalam-Portuguese Dictionary by Arnos Padre are available in the Library.

The College Library provides open access to its documents and any member can browse through the collections which are arranged according to Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The Library provides an online catalogue to trace these books. The members can also access scholarly literature which is available online through National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST) of UGC-INFLIBNET. Through N-LIST, members can access to 6000+ e-journals and 31,35,000+ ebooks. Different sections of the College Library houses 40 terminals of computers for the use of students and faculty. The Library provides reference, scholarly literature search services and similarity check for plagiarism.

Department of Information Studies[edit]

The academic Department of Information Studies offers the Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Information Studies. The programme is delivered entirely online using virtual learning platform and consists of three modules: information literacy, academic writing and communication, and intellectual property and its management. The programme is first of its kind in India. Training on electronic reference management and awareness about web research profiles, citation metrics, intellectual property rights, ethical methods of research and publishing, pseudo-journals and plagiarism are also imparted by the Department.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Landmark in Kerala history". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Home". St. Thomas' College, Thrissur. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  3. ^ "location". St. Thomas' College, Thrissur. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  4. ^ "research". St. Thomas' College, Thrissur. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ "course". St. Thomas' College, Thrissur. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  6. ^ "The headmaster of my college was Father John Palakaran, a Catholic priest from a distinguished Kerala Christian family who had taken his degrees at Edinburgh University", quotation from page 6 of Easwaran, Eknath (1996). Seeing with the eyes of love: Eknath Easwaran on the imitation of Christ. Tomales, CA, USA: Nilgiri Press. ISBN 0-915132-87-7. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  7. ^ "The poetry of economy". 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.

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Coordinates: 10°31′23″N 76°13′10″E / 10.52301°N 76.21942°E / 10.52301; 76.21942