Maharaja`s College, Ernakulam
The Maharaja`s College, Ernakulam, the biggest centers of learning and higher education in the state of Kerala. Though located in the heart of Cochin city, it is spread over a campus of 10 acres on the banks of Vembanad lake. Blanketed by tall and rare species of trees, its buildings are structures that speak of very old as well as modern architectural archetypes and cover a total area of 19,525sq.m. This house provides infrastructure facilities for the 19 departments of the college.
This multidisciplinary center of higher learning had its humble beginnings as a single room English school started by Cochin Sarkar in 1845 'to impart such instruction to the students as would enable them to converse with Englishmen without the aid of an interpreter'. The school was upgraded into a college in 1875 and in June 1925 the college got its present name. It was raised to a first grade college providing instructions in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, History and Economics and affiliated to Madras University. At that time itself there were 2 hostels and physical education, literary and science associations functioning in full swing. Sir C V Raman and Dr S Radhakrishnan were among the speakers on the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1925.
The first PG course was started in 1947 in the department of Chemistry that already had research facilities holding to M.Sc and Ph.D. Following- the integration of Cochin and Travancore states the college was transferred from Madras to Travancore University in 1949. The further growth and development by way of student strength and diversification of courses were so rapid that the maintenance of steady equilibrium became difficult. The student strength rose from 500 in 1925 to 2802 in 1998 and the teaching faculty also followed a parallel increase from 21 to 195.
The college library is 125 years old and has a collection of nearly one lakh books including a prestigious collection of rare literature books. The reference section itself has 2000 books. However, lack of space is one of the vexing problems of the library. The construction of a 3-storied library complex will be starting soon with UGC assistance. A reference and information section, inter-library networking and Internet facility are some of the immediate requirements of the library.
Old Student`s Association
MCOSA - Maharaja's College Old Students Association is established in the year 1925 and registered in the year 1971 as per the Travancore - Cochin literary and charitable societies registration Act XII of 1955.
Presently K. R. Viswambharan (Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala Agricultural University) is the President and Sunny Mathew is the secretrary of the Association. The Association has conducted several programs to promote the welfare and development of the college as well as to promote the spirit and discipline of the students and co-ordination between past and present students.
The Old students includes eninent persons like K G Balakrishanan (Hon'ble Chief Justice of India), A K Antony (Hon'ble Defence Minister of India) , Vayalar Ravi ( Hon'ble Pravasi Affairs Minister of India), Thomas Isaac, Vaikom Viswan, Benoy Viswam, Venu Rajamony etc.
The Maharajakeeyasangamam: On 12th April 2008, The Old students Maharaja’s College,Ernakulam - under the banner of MCOSA, came together to relive their glorious college days....Read More and Pictures
The Maharajakeeyasangamam - Video in youtube.com
- Maharaja''s is the heaven in my educational life.I respect all teachers as my parents.I love and appriciate my friends,staff as brothers & sisters in our maharaja''s family.Maharaja''s is not only a campus, but also a paradise of holy talent... Read more
- School and College days are ever memorable.Those Golden days remain in our minds Fresh and Clear ever.Words cannot describe those days even with the help of the most powerful Dictionary.We may even forget us ,but, not those beautiful , colourful....... Read more
Prof.K.R.Sundaram,Department Head of Biostatistics,Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.
- Maharajas ! Your archtectural beauty, your tall green treas and its shades, the fragrance of chempakam, your children grazing in your meadows like calfs in the vrindavan of krishna; all these are only a one time experience in life, all these fade away like a dream and never repeats. but in the absence of you life would have lost a great significance. Read more
Dr. Abey Koshy
- Maharaja''s opens a plethora of nostalgic memories that keep on lingering in my mind with a haunting spirit of deep rooted bondage among the fellow beings ...and I come to realize in shocked but pleasant amazement that this temple of universal learning had been an endearing source of inspiration in the multifaceted and multipronged world of creativity... Read more
Artist Somji (K A SOMAN)