Union Christian College, Aluva

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Union Christian College, Aluva
MottoThe Truth shall make you free
Aluva (Alwaye)
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UC College Aluva
Nameboard of UC College
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The Union Christian College, Aluva (known as UC College) is an educational institution in Kerala, India. It is situated in Aluva (Alwaye) in Ernakulam District.

Founded in 1921 as a centre of Christian Higher Education, UC College is an inter-denominational cooperation venture among four major Kerala Christian denominations, Church of South India, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, and Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church.

The college was affiliated to the Madras University, then Travancore University and is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.


  • Prof. K. C. Chacko,
  • Prof. A. M. Varki,
  • Prof. C. P. Mathew,
  • Prof. V. M. Ittyerah.

Special Grade College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University[edit]

Union Christian College Aluva was founded in 1921 as a premier centre of higher learning in Kerala, South India. The campus is located close to the banks of the river Periyar, in Aluva city.

Union Christian College is the only centre of higher education in Kerala functioning on an ecumenical basis. The college is managed by an association of members drawn from the Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, the Church of South India and the Inter Church Fellowship of the College.

It became a congregating centre for a host of scholars, theologians and missionaries from the west. The list includes Canon W. E. S. Holland, Rev. L. W. Hooper, Rev. B. G. Crowley and Malcolm Muggeridge. The faculty of the early years was a balanced mix of Christian and non-Christian members. The college has maintained this secular structure to the present.

An A grade college[edit]

Union Christian College received A grade from the National Assessment. UCC is the first college getting accredited in the third cycle (for the period of 2011–16 ). The NAAC team visited the campus on 16, 17 and 18 March 2011.


The founder members of the College had as their ambition the instituting of Inter-denominational whose distinctive features were to be:

  • Inter-denominational basis of administration
  • Residential and day scholar system of life
  • Fellowship method of life
  • Cosmopolitan team (Christians and non-Christian, Indians and non-Indians) of staff.

The college, at first entirely residential, has now on its rolls a larger number of day scholars than residents.

Mahatma Gandhi's visit[edit]

In visitors Mahatma Gandhi visited the college and planted a mango tree. He wrote in the visitors book delighted with the ideal situation. The mango sapling is now flourishing in front of the administrative block

The tree planted by Gandhi in 1925

Motto and emblem[edit]


The present emblem was adopted in 1939. The symbolism calls on the seekers after knowledge and truth to hold the tor.h, read the book and reap the harvest.


The college motto is The Truth shall make you free. This motto is drawn from a statement made by Jesus to the Jews: "You will know the truth and the truth :ll make you free".

The Rigveda proclaims that ‘Truth is the support of the earth’. Buddha exhorts : ‘Hold to the truth within yourselves as to the only lamp’. The Quran declaror that ‘God is truth’. To Gandhiji, the father of the nation, the whole of life was the pursuit of or experiments with truth. His MahaganithamrMahaganithamworld, although in a limited field, that the way of truth leads to freedom.


‘Mahaganitham’ is a sculpture commemorating the large mahogany tree that stood in front of the Kacherry Malika. The .ree was struck by lightning in 2002 and the remnants stand as ‘Mahaganitham’ near its original position. the ‘Mahaganitham’ represents the historic Mahogany tree and ‘Ganitham’, Mathematics, the queen of all sciences. Concepts like the Golden ratio and Fibonacci series are used in the design. More than a thousand mathematical entities and geometrical shapes are engraved in the sculpture. The five Platonic bodies - tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron - are present in it. An iron bell, used during the early period of the college, is a part of the sculpture.

Kachery Malika[edit]

Kacheri Malika at UC College, Aluva, Kerala, India

Kachery Malika is a three storey building in the campus. This building housed the Zilla court of Travancore state in 19th Century. The architecture of kacheri malika is a blend of Dutch, British and Indian styles. It is a typical administrative building in Travancore.

This Kachery (Means Court) is one of the five kacheries in AD 1811 during the reign of Maharani Gowri Lakshmi Bhai.

This building is built up on a small hill called Kachery kunnu and the access to this hill is only through ferry. The jetty was called Kachery Kadavu. Today the Aluva- Paravur road is passing in front of this building.

The structure, flooring, wood work of this building are kept intact. In 1993, Government of Kerala declared Kacheri Malika as a protected monument.

In AD 1800 this building was a European bungalow later in AD 1811-1896 it was functioned as a court. From AD 1897 to 1920 it was not used and abandoned and later in AD 1921 Union christian college starts functioning in this building.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Sudhi, C. J. (12 January 2016). "Vineeth Mohan gave up banking for acting". OnManorama. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Biography on Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal". Kerala Sahitya Akademi portal. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.

Coordinates: 10°07′34″N 76°20′02″E / 10.1262°N 76.3340°E / 10.1262; 76.3340

NAAC Accredited A grade college: [1]