About St. Thomas College, Ranni

The history of the college is embedded in the history of Ranni. The college is situated on the top of a serene hill, in a sylvan surrounding, away from the din and bustle of the city, easily accessible and is at a walkable distance from the heart of Ranni town. The college was established in 1964, as a junior college by St. Thomas Valiyapally Ranni, a pioneer parish of the Syrian Knanaya Arch Diocese of Malankara, with the whole hearted support of the then Bishop late lamented His Excellency Abraham Mor Clemis to meet the educational needs of the youth of the local community. The college was upgraded to a first grade college in 1968 and is the only institution for higher education in this part of the country. When the de-linking of Pre Degree sector was made possible by the government on administrative measures we were left with Graduate and Postgraduate courses. The transmutation lead this institution to a knowledge hub with diversified courses. In addition to the conventional courses, we now offer UG & PG courses in Tourism also. During its 60 years of illustrious existence, the college gave birth to brilliant academicians, administrators, politicians and entrepreneurs.

The college aims at creating cultured and educated citizens who love God and their country. With its rural background and `Gurukula' atmosphere, the college fosters uninterrupted pursuit of knowledge. The first Principal, Late Prof. K. A. Mathew, served as minister and PSC member in the Kerala State. He played a vital role in upgrading the junior college to a First Grade one in 1968. As the Golden Jubilee project St. Thomas College of Advanced Studies, Edamury, Ranni, a Self Financing College affiliated to M.G. University, Kottayam was established in June 2014. In March 2016, the College was assessed and re-accredited in the second cycle by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of UGC and graded at B level.

Institutional Objectives

The College is owned and managed by the St.Thomas Valiyapally, Ranni, a parish church of The "Syrian Knanaya Arch Diocese" (a Christian minority community) to meet the cultural and educational needs of the soceity at large and of the said Christian minority community in particular. As our college inherits renowned cultural heritage and lustrous past, the College aims to foster academic excellence with social commitment through value based education. The college seeks to promote cultivation of knowledge through research and developing professional competence in an atmosphere of academic freedom. The objective of the college is to inculcate a sense of discipline, social responsibility and community service in the student community and to develop their leadership qualities and creativity and also to sensitise them of social, environmental and gender issues and to promote justice so as to contribute to the building of national and International harmony