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College History

1922               

Founded on 19th June by Bishop Rev Dr Thomas Kurialacherry, and affiliated to Madras University

1925

Introduced Intermediate Courses, Group I and II

Moved into the new premises on the present site during the administratorship of Rt Rev Msgr Jacob Kallarackal.

1927   

Became a First Grade, offering Botany and Zoology at the Degree level.

1928   

Rev Dr James Kalacherry, Lecturer in Logic, became Bishop of Changanacherry and Patron.  

Introduced B A Mathematics course

1934   

The construction of the ground floor of the Science Block was completed

Affiliation granted for B A Economics

1935   

Rev Fr Mathew Purackal retired from the service.

Rev Fr A C Eapen M A Ph D as Principal in-charge.

1936   

Rev Fr Romeo Thomas T O C D, M A LT took charge as Principal.

1937   

The College Arts Club staged Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

 1938   

Approved Syriac and Sanskrit as Second Languages for Degree Course and Syriac for the Intermediate.

The University of Travancore was established

Intermediate Courses were affiliated to the University of Travancore

1939   

Degree Courses were affiliated to the University of Travancore

1940   

Rt Rev Msgr Jacob Kallarackal, Vicar General, donated Rs. 9,000/- for a chapel and an assembly hall.  

Christ the King’s Chapel was built

Old gymnasium was enlarged and converted to the Msgr Kallarackal HaIl.

Expansion for the playgrounds and premises

Established St. Joseph’s and St Thomas Hostels

1944

Rev. Fr Romeo Thomas left the college and joined Sacred Heart College, Thevara.

Rev. Fr Thomas William TOCD, M A L T took charge as Principal.

Rev Fr A C Eapen retired as Vice Principal

Rev Fr P C Mathew M A appointed as the Vice Principal

1945   

Affiliation for B Sc Physics granted.

Established Newman Hostel

1947   

Staged Shakespeare’s Macbeth

1950   

Rev Fr Mathew Kavukattu, Lecturer and Hostel warden became Bishop of Changanacherry.

1951   

Affiliation granted for B.Sc. Chemistry.

The ground floor of the Science Building extended to house the Intermediate Laboratory.

Staged Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

1952

Silver Jubilee of the Natural Science Department

A grand Science Exhibition and College Day celebrations were inaugurated by H.H the Rajapramukh.

Staged Shakespeare’s King Lear and The Merchant of Venice

1955

Rev Fr William retired and Rev. Fr. P.C. Mathew appointed as Principal.

Rev. Fr Francis Kalacherry was appointed as Vice Principal

Staged Shakespeare’s Hamlet

1956

Rev. Fr. Francis Kalacherry became the Principal of Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram

Rev Dr N A Thomas appointed as Vice Principal.

Started Pre-University Course.

1957   

Commenced Three-Year Degree Courses

The College was selected as the centre for Pre-Professional Course.

Started M.A Economics course

1960   

Construction of the Open Air Theatre and the Guest House.

Commenced M.A Malayalam course

1961   

Rev. Fr. P.C. Mathew retired.

Rev. Fr Francis Kalacherry took charge as Principal.

Rev. Fr Kuriakose Aenekatt appointed as Vice Principal.

Commenced MSc in Physics and Botany

Extention of the Science building

Staged Shakespeare’s King Lear

1962

Established Hobby Workshop and Non – Resident Students Centre (with UGC aid)

1963

NCC Shooting Range (with UGC aid)

B.Com course started

1964   

Established Sahrudaya Hostel

Affiliation granted for M.Sc. Chemistry and B. A. English Language and Literature.

Began Pre Degree Course

Principal, Msgr. Kalacherry nominated as Papal Chamberlain.

The College Arts Club celebrated Shakespeare’s Quarter-Centenary

Staged Shakespeare’s Othello

1965   

Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Aenekatt became the Principal of St. Dominic’s College Kanjirappally

Rev. Fr. Mathew Pulickaparampil as the Vice Principal

Affiliation granted for M Sc Mathematics and M Sc Zoology.

Three-storeys of the new Biology Block completed.

Launched College Development Programme

Organised a grand Science Exhibition and Arts Festival. H. E. Pattom Thanupillai, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, inaugurated the exhibition

Staged Shakespeare’s Othello

The College Office and the Department of Zoology moved to the Biology Block.

Inaugurated the Economics Seminar Hall

1966

Re-organized BA, BSc Programmes

Began special B Sc courses

A soil-testing unit started, attached to the Department of Chemistry.

1967   

Affiliation granted to M.A. English Language and Literature

The new Biology Block blessed and formally opened by H.Em. Cardinal De Furstenburg

1969   

The Arts Club staged Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

1970   

The Basketball Stadium was built

Very Rev. Msgr. Francis Kalacherry retired from service.

Rev. Fr. Mathew Pulickaparampil as Principal in-charge

Rev. Dr. Antony Kurialacherry took charge as Principal.

1971   

Rev. Fr. A.C. Eapen left the college after 36 years of Service as Vice Principal, Acting Principal and Spiritual Director.

Staged Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Laid the foundation stone of Archbishop Kavukattu Hall by His Grace Mar Antony Padiyara on August 15.

1972

Golden Jubilee Year

Rev Fr Joseph Powathil, Lecturer in Economics, appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of Changanacherry Archdiocese

Foundation stones of the new Library building and Staff Quarters were laid by Mar Joseph Powathil and Rt. Rev. Msgr. L.J. Chittoor respectively.

1973   

Blessed the new Library Building.

Mar Joseph Powathil blessed the Staff Quarters

The construction of the massive auditorium, Archbishop Kavukattu Hall completed.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Golden Jubilee Celebrations valedictory session inaugurated by His Excellency N.N. Vanchoo, Governor of Kerala.

1975   

Selected as a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, one among the seven selected from India and three from Kerala.

Celebrated Kalidasa centenary with a symposium on Kalidasa and a production of Sakunthalam

1977   

Mar Joseph Powathil, President of the Managing Board became the first Bishop of Kanjirappally.

Rev. Dr. Antony Kurialacherry appointed as the Executive Director of Caritas India

Rev. Fr. Mathew Pulickaparampil took charge as Principal.

Rev. Fr. A.C. Eapen Former Logic Professor, Principal and Spiritual father passed away on 27th December 1977.

1979   

Rt. Rev. Dr. L. J. Chittoor, Former Logic Lecturer, Vicar General and Manager of the College passed away on 4 June 1979.

Introduced shift system for the Pre Degree Course.

1980   

Constructed Sahrudaya Hostel’s mess

1981   

Enlarged the Students’ Center with UGC aid.

Prof. A.E. Augustine appointed as Vice Principal.

Affiliation granted for M Com.

1982

Diamond Jubilee Year

1983   

Prof A E Augustine retired as Vice Principal.

Gandhiji University was established

Affiliation shifted to Gandhiji University

1984   

Rev Dr Joseph M T Maroor appointed as the Vice Principal.

Started MSc Analytical Chemistry

1985

Rev Fr Mathew Pulickaparampil retired.

Rev Dr Joseph M T Maroor became Principal. 

Rev Dr George Madathiparampil took charge as Vice Principal and Bursar.

Rev Fr Gregory Paruvaparampil was appointed as the Principal of St Aloysius College Edathua.

His Grace Mar Antony Padiyara, Patron, transferred to Ernakulam as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ernakulam.

1986   

His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil became the Patron. 

The Departments of English, Physics, Botany and Zoology elevated as research centres.

Rev Msgr Mathew Pulickaparmpil appointed as the President of the Managing Board.

1986-1987

A grand Industrial & Science Exhibition and Arts Festival (November 14 December 2, 1986) organized in connection with the Diamond Jubilee of the starting of the Natural Science Courses and the Silver Jubilee of P G Courses.

Mr Giani Zail Singh, the President of India inaugurated the celebrations on August 31 and laid the foundation stone of the Research Centre.

The Arts Club staged Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Organised Benefactors’ club. The annual meeting of the Club is held on August 13, St Berchmans’ Day every year.

1987-1988

The Saceredotal Silver Jubilee of the Patron Mar Joseph Powathil and the Principal Rev Dr Joseph Maroor was held

His Eminence Cardinal Lourdusamy visited the campus in connection with the Centenary Celebrations of the Archdiocese.

1989   

Staged Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

1990   

The foundation stone of the Research Centre is blessed by His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil.

The Silver Jubilee of the Sahrudaya Hostel

1991   

The Research Center blessed by His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil.

The main Seminar Hall named as Archbishop Powathil Priestly Jubilee Memorial Hall.

Rev Dr Joseph Maroor, Principal retired.

Rev Dr George Madathiparampil appointed as Principal. 

Prof K J George became Vice Principal.

Rev Fr Antony Kadavil appointed as Bursar.

Msgr Francis Kalacherry, Former Principal, passed away on 27 June.

Staged Shakespeare’s Othello.

Rev Dr George Madathiparampil elected as the member of the Executive Council of the International Federation of Catholic Universities in Paris.

1992   

Prof K J George retired as Vice Principal.

Rev Fr Joseph Vattakalam appointed as Vice Principal.

Scinex-92 Science and Industrial Exhibition held in connection with the Seventieth Jubilee celebrations of the college.  Hon Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Sivaraj Patil inaugurated the celebrations.

Executive Council meeting of the International Federation of Catholic Universities held in the S B Campus. 

1993   

Rev Dr Mathew Punchayil appointed as Bursar.

1994   

Rev Fr Jose P Kottaram appointed as the President of the Managing Board.

Rev Dr George Madathiparampil elected asa the President of All India Association for Christian Higher Education. 

Research Centre in Malayalam was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor, Dr A Sukumaran Nair.

Foundation stone for the MBA Block blessed by Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil

Staged Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

1995   

Centre for Durrel Studies inaugurated.

Centre for Kamala Das studies opened.

The new MBA Block is blessed by the Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil.

Berchmans’ Institute of Management Studies (BIMS) inaugurated. 

Language Laboratory and Environmental Research Laboratory opened.

1996   

Msgr Mathew Pulickaparampil, Former Principal, passed away on 7th January 1996.

S B College won the first “R Sankar Award” for the Best Special Grade Private College in the State.

Rev Dr George Madathiparampil, Principal, retired. 

Rev Dr Joseph Vattakalam became the Principal.

Rev Dr Mathew Punchayil appointed as Vice-Principal.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Staged Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

Sahrudaya Hostel bifurcated as Sahrudaya Hostel and St Berchmans’ Hostel.

Rev Fr Jose Viruppel appointed as Bursar.

1997   

Valedictory Meeting of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. 

Valedictory address by Shri K R Narayanan, Hon’ble Vice President of India.

Won the Second “R Sankar Award”. 

1998   

Rev Dr Joseph Vattakalam retired as Principal. 

Rev Dr Philips Wadakekalam appointed as Principal. 

Rev Fr Thomas Kodinattukunnel and Rev Fr Tom Kunnumpuram became Vice Principals.

Instituted “St Berchmans’ Award” for the best teacher in affiliated colleges in Kerala by the Alumni Association, Kuwait Chapter,

Started MSc in Non-Conventional Energy

Opened a well-equipped computer lab

Launched Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Applications under the aegis of Mahatma Gandhi University Distance Education.

1999   

Following the High Court Order, the college introduced the Parliamentary system of elections

Sri Padmanabha Dasa, His Highness Marthanda Varma Uthradam Thirunal presented the “St Berchmans’ Award” for the best teacher in affiliated colleges.                                       

As part of the quarter centenary of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the College Arts Club staged the play which ran into three shows.

The peer team of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body of the UGC, visited and conferred FIVE STAR status.

Commenced MSc in Polymer Chemistry

2000   

Enhanced the College Library facility

Fr Tom Kunnumpuram is reappointed and Prof Joseph Tito is appointed as Vice-Principals.

St Berchmans’ College received the GNN Award for Excellence in Education for the year 1999-2000.

2001   

“Millennium Mega Winnow” by the Department of Malayalam

Started

  1. BA Vocational English
  2. BSc Biotechnology (Sponsored by the UGC) under the Department of Botany
  3. Master of Computer Applications
  4. MA Multimedia – all affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University
  5. MSc in Information Technology – affiliated to MS University, Tirunelveli.

Fr Gigy Mullamkuzhy became the Bursar.

Rev Dr Antony Kurialasserry, Principal, passed away on 26th  August.

2002   

The UGC sanctioned financial assistance to set up a National Environmental Studies Centre in the Department of Chemistry and also to start the MPhil course in the same subject.

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the DAAD Foundation of Germany in a joint venture, recognize the Department of Chemistry as a Centre of Excellence. 

MoU signed between Dept of Chemistry, SB College and Martin Luther King University, Germany to exchange their research scholars

Rev Dr Philips Wadakekalam received the Best College Principal Award instituted by Dr M V Pylee Foundation.

Rev Dr Philips Vadakekalam retired from service.

Rev Fr Tom Kunnumpuram took charge as Principal.

Prof Joseph Tito re-appointed and Prof Stephen Mathews appointed as Vice Principals.

UGC sponsored B Sc Industrial Micro Biology course began.

80th foundation day celebrated.

2003   

Started Human Resources Development (HRD) Department

Conducted Berchmans International Film Festival

2004   

The UGC identified the college as a “College with Potential for Excellence”.

Started:

  1. MLISc
  2. Biochemistry (Dept of Zoology)

2005

His Excellency Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, The President of India, visited the college

2006   

NAAC Reaccredited the college at A+ level

2007

Staged Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Rev Fr Tom Kunnumpuram retired

Dr Stephen Mathews appointed as the Principal.

Rev Fr Tomy Padinjareveetil became Vice Principal.

2008   

Recognized as Partner Institute of IGNOU

Opened Gandhian Study Centre.

2009   

Ruby Jubilee of MA English Language and Literature

Golden Jubilee of BA and MA Courses in the Department of Malayalam.

2010   

The National Commission for Minority Educational Institution New Delhi granted minority status to the college.

Dr. Stephen Mathews retired from the service.

Rev.Fr. Tomy Padinjareveettil took charge as the Principal.

Dr Jacob Mathew became the Vice Principal

2011

Rededication of the College Tower.

Visit of Australian High Commissioner.

Staged Shakespeare’s The Tempest

2012

Navathy Year.

Diamond Jubilee of BSc Chemistry

SAMVIT: All India Science Industrial and Cultural Exhibition

Three days Arts Festival held

Started:

  1. MPhil Physics
  2. B Com (Unaided)
  3. BCA (Unaided)

Sri Salman Khurshid, Hon. Minister for Law, Justice, and Minority Affairs visited the College as the Chief guest in the Navathy Valedictory function

2013   

NAAC Reaccredited the college at A level

Rev Fr John J Chavara became the Bursar

Started new batches in:

  1. MBA (Unaided)
  2. B Com (Unaided)
  3. M Sc in Computer Science (Unaided)

2014

Granted Autonomous Status by the UGC

Fr John Mullanparackal took charge as Vice Principal

Started MSW

Demolition of Msgr Kallarackal Hall in view of the New Administrative Block

Member, United Nations Academic Impact

2015

Prof Joseph Kurien became the Vice Principal

Started new batches in:

  1. B Com (Unaided)
  2. M Com (Unaided)
  3. MPhil Commerce

2016

Dr Ei-Chi-Negichi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2010), Professor of Purde University USA inaugurated the Navathy Memorial BELS (Berchmans Erudite Lecture Series), instituted by the Teaching Staff Association

Started new batches in:

  1. BVoc Renewable Energy Management
  2. BVoc Industrial Chemistry

Inaugurated the Dining Hall constructed with Local Area Development Scheme of MP

2017

Prof P J Kurian, Honorable Deputy Chairman of the Rajyasabha, inaugurated the Berchmans Press

Diamond Jubilee of MA Economics Programme

UGC has approved the status of CPE to the College for the third phase from 2017 to 2022

 

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