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Welcome to
St Berchmans College

St. Berchmans Autonomous College is the first higher education institution of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry. This institution was founded in 1922 by Venerable Mar Thomas Kurialacherry, Bishop of Changanassery diocese. It was started, with the noble aim of the Universal Catholic Church, to mould young men and women who will strive for excellence in every walks of life and human service.

The College is recognized under section 2 (f) and section 12B of the UGC Act 1956. The college was first accredited at Five Star in 1999 and reaccredited at A+ in 2006. In the third cycle of accreditation in 2012, the college was again graded at A. The Government of Kerala and UGC granted autonomy to this college in the year 2014. In 1996 and 1997, it won the coveted “R Shankar Award” for the Best College in the State, instituted by the Government of Kerala. In 2004, the UGC identified the College under its “College with Potential for Excellence” scheme. All the Science Departments are supported by the FIST of DST.

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St John Berchmans (March 13, 1599 – August 13, 1621) the patron saint of our college, and is venerated in the Church as the patron of students.

He was born in the town of Diest in Flanders as the eldest son of a poor shoemaker. At a very young age he wanted to be a priest. At the age of thirteen he became a servant in the household of one of the cathedral canons at Malines. After his mother’s death, his father and two brothers followed suit and entered religious life. In 1615 he enrolled in the Jesuit College at Malines. A year later he joined the novitiate. He was an enthusiastic student, an excellent actor and an orator. He has been described as a young man of exemplary life, of pure conscience and of great perfection. John Berchmans could not complete his studies. He died of a contagious disease on August 13, 1621.

He was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1865 and canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. His spiritual doctrine was that sanctity consists less in unusual dramatic actions than in the loving practice of fidelity to God in day to day living. This appreciation of the value of ordinary things is the distinctive mark of his sanctity. He expressed his way of perfection in the phrase “Maximi facere minima” (Do the most with the least).

St John Berchmans is remembered today for his studiousness, faithfulness to the rules of his order, the holiness of his life, and his devotion to the Eucharist and to the Virgin Mary.

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The College Crest has four quarters, divided by the Greek Cross. The Dove represents the Holy Spirit, who according to Christian belief, enlightens and sanctifies. The Fleurdelis (Flower of the Lily) stands for purity. The two coconut trees are symbol of Kerala, the land of coconut palms. The waves are suggestive of the location of the College: the meeting point of land and backwaters. The open book at the centre of the Greek Cross is the symbol of wisdom. The dove, the fleurdelis, and the open book together suggest the ideals the College places before its students.

Our coat of arms bears on top the motto of the College in Latin: “Caritas Vera Nobilitas.” Its Sanskrit equivalent ” ” is inscribed on the banner below the shield. The motto means that charity or love of one’s fellowmen is true nobility.

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Saint John Berchmans, my most loving patron, seraph of charity, I rejoice with you at the ardent fire of charity, which kept your pure and innocent heart always at peace and united to God; I humbly pray thee, obtain for me such ardor of divine love that it may remove from my heart every inordinate earthly affection, destroy my evil tendencies, and cause me in all my actions, to be prompted by the purest of intentions.

St John Berchmans is remembered today for his studiousness, faithfulness to the rules of his order, the holiness of his life, and his devotion to the Eucharist and to the Virgin Mary.


To be internationally recognized as a premier institution for learning and research


True to the vision of Christian charity, this college is committed to inspiring its students to attain nobility through compassion, strength


"CARITAS VERA NOBILITAS" (Charity is true Nobility)

Aims & Objectives

In keeping with the educational mission of the Universal Church, the Archdiocese of Changanacherry founded St. Berchmans