Union Christian College, Aluva
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|Motto||The Truth shall make you free|
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.
- Prof. K. C. Chacko,
- Prof. A. M. Varki,
- Prof. C. P. Mathew,
- Prof. V. M. Ittyerah.
Special Grade College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University
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
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
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
Motto and emblem
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 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 buidling in Travancore.
This Kachery (Means Court) is one of the five kacheries in AD 1811 during the reign of Maharani Gowri Lakshmi Bhai.
This buidling 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.
- Philipose Mar Chrysostom Valiya Metropolitan
- Paravoor T. K. Narayana Pillai, last Prime Minister of Travancore and the first Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin
- P. K. Vasudevan Nair, Communist politician and former Chief Minister of Kerala
- NF Varghese, Malayalam Actor
- Rajan Gurukkal, historian
- Dileep, actor
- Baburaj, actor
- Vineeth Mohan, actor
- S. K. Nayar (Head of the Department of Malayalam, Madras University) - -First Ph.D.holder in Malayalam, born in Thottakkattu Kara, in 1917. Died 2 January 1984
- Malayattoor Ramakrishnan
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