St George’s College Aruvithura – A Brief History
Founded in 1965 under the auspices of St. George Forane Church, Aruvithura and tucked away on the strands of the river Meenachil, St. George’s College is a premier educational institution, affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. Pioneered under the patronage of Mar Sebastian Vayalil, the first Bishop of Pala, cherished by a host of visionaries and philanthropists like Rev. Fr Thomas Araythinal, and Mr T. A. Thomman and fostered by the managers Rev. Fr Thomas Manakkat, and Rev. Fr Jacob Thazhathel, the college, right from its inception, embarked on an odyssey towards academic pre-eminence. For more than two decades, Mar Joseph Pallickaparampil, the Bishop of Pala, had been the patron of the college. Mar Joseph Kallarangattu is the present patron of this seat of learning.
The college had a humble beginning; it started as a Junior College in 1965 with five batches of students in the first pre-degree class. Gradually, the college flourished under the stewardship of Prof. K. J. Scaria, the first Principal. He was succeeded by Rev. Fr. Joseph Thekkanady who was at the helm for a year. Prof. P. J. Joseph took over in 1972 and was in office for fifteen years, ably guided and supported by the managers Rev. Fr Jacob Njavally, Rev. Fr Abraham Parappuram and Rev. Fr Joseph Nattunilam. The college was upgraded to the status of a full-fledged degree college in 1978. Consequently there was a remarkable increase in the number of students and faculty.
Under the astute leadership of the manager Rev. Fr Enas Ottathengumkal, Prof. M. M. Chacko steered the college as Principal from 1987 to 1993. Rev. Dr Sebastian Alappattukunnel took over as Principal in 1993. The college was included under 2f and 12b of the UGC Act of 1956 as a consequence of which the college secured the opportunity to avail financial assistance from the UGC. The Community Telecasting Centre (SGC TV) was established in 1999. The college auditorium and a UGC sponsored Women’s hostel were constructed during this period. The college was accredited by NAAC at the four star level in 2000.
Prof. K. J. Devasia succeeded as the new Principal of the College in 2001, and under the motivating influence of Rev. Fr George Mulangattil, the Manager, the college scaled new peaks of academic excellence. Prof. Lucikutty Jose served as Drawing and Disbursing Officer for a few months following the retirement of Prof K. J. Devasia.
Rev. Dr Joseph K. M. Kollamparampil took over as Principal in July 2003. With the staunch support of the managers Rev. Fr. John Potheetel, Rev. Fr Joseph Pampara and Rev. Fr Thomas Olickal, the college grew from strength to strength. An administrative block with conference hall, seminar hall and guest room as well as an amenity centre for students were constructed. The NAAC team accredited the college at the ‘A’ level in 2007 crowning a glorious tenure.
Under the guidance of the Manager Rev. Fr Thomas Olickal, the college geared up for the third cycle of NAAC Accreditation. The Golden Jubilee Hall was realised during this period. Trailing the wonderful efforts, the college was re-accredited at the ‘A’ level in 2016.
Dr M. V. Georgekutty, the Head of the Department of Politics and a former student of this college, took over as Principal in 2016. Under the vigilant and prayerful care of the present manager Rev. Fr Thomas Vedikunnel, the college forges ahead in its quest to scale greater zeniths of academic excellence.