Maharaja's College, Ernakulam

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Maharaja's College, Ernakulam
Maharaja's College, Ernakulam logo.png
TypeGovernment
Established1875
AffiliationGovernment of Kerala department of higher education
Principal Jayakumar
Location, ,
India

9°58′16″N76°16′52″E / 9.971°N 76.281°E / 9.971; 76.281 Coordinates: 9°58′16″N76°16′52″E / 9.971°N 76.281°E / 9.971; 76.281
Nickname Maharajas
Affiliations Mahatma Gandhi University, University Grants Commission (India)
Sports Athletics
soccer
cricket
wrestling
Website www.maharajas.ac.in

The Maharaja's College is an Indian government college of higher education located in Kochi, Kerala. Established in 1875, it is one of the oldest colleges in India. Located in the heart of the city, it is spread over a campus of 100,000 square metres (25 acres) on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Blanketed by tall and rare species of trees, its campus features a mix of old and modern architecture and covers a total area of 19,525 m2 (210,170 sq ft), providing infrastructural facilities for the 19 departments of the college.

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History

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The front gate of Maharaja's College, Ernakulam

This multidisciplinary centre of higher learning had its humble beginnings as a single room English school started by the Royal (Kingdom of Cochin)Shankara Warrier 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 to a college in 1875 and in June 1925 the college acquired its present name. The college provided instruction in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, History and Economics; it was affiliated with Madras University. At that time there were two hostels and physical education, literary and science associations functioning in full swing. Sir C. V. Raman and Dr S. Radhakrishnan were among the speakers at the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1925.

The first PG course was started in 1947 in the Department of Chemistry, which 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 student body grew from 500 in 1925 to 2,802 in 1998; the teaching faculty saw a parallel increase from 21 to 195. The government of Kerala recognised it as a Centre of Excellence in the state and the University Grants Commission awarded the College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) status based on the NAAC Accreditation results. In 2014, UGC awarded Autonomous status to the college.

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The green campus that acts as the lungs of the city.

Campus violence

In 2018, a student named Abhimanyu was killed by religious extremists over a quarrel. [1]

Library

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The view from the oldest part of the college.

The college library is 135 years old and has a collection of nearly one lakh (hundred thousand) 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. A reference and information section, inter-library networking and Internet facility are some of the immediate requirements of the library.

College grounds

The facilities available for sports activities include a 400-meter synthetic track, a football field-cum-cricket ground, a stadium pavilion with a capacity of 25,000 people, and courts for games like hockey, volleyball, basketball, kho-kho, kabady, and ball badminton. Facilities are available for indoor games like table-tennis, carom, chess, wrestling, weightlifting and power lifting.

Staff and students co-operative society

The Maharaja's College staff and students co-operative society Ltd. no. 207, functioning on the campus, aims at promoting the spirit of cooperation and independence among its members. The society runs a bookshop in which textbooks and notebooks and various study materials are made available for students. It also houses a photocopying machine where photocopying is done at a reduced rate.

Career guidance cell

A career guidance centre was started on the college campus in 1994, with a view to enable the students to manage themselves and to provide personal counseling on environment and qualifications for entry into various careers. In spite of the fact that the centre is still in its infancy and has few infrastructural facilities, it could arrange campus interviews for Cochin Maintenance Centre, NITT and Eureka Forbes. Many lectures on career opportunities are arranged on a regular basis by the centre.

Hostels

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Old building that houses the Principal's Office at Maharaja's College

The Maharaja's College Rama Varma hostels include the new hostel for men and the ladies' hostel. The former has 90 rooms with a capacity of 240 students and two tutors; the latter has facilities for only 104 students and one tutor. Nowadays, the demand for accommodation in the ladies' hostel is greater than the availability due to the increase in the number of girl students. To remedy this situation, a concrete proposal for a women's hostel has been submitted to UGC during the IX plan.

Old Students Association

An Old Students Association (OSA) formed in 1925 still functions on the college campus and its members have been involved in many of the activities of the college, such as arranging lectures by eminent personalities and awarding prizes to rank holders. It has also played an instrumental role in initiating the ongoing restoration work of the College

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Entrance of the college.

Courses

The college conducts 19 degree courses, 21 postgraduate courses and 11 doctorate programmes. Maharaja's also offers PhD programmes under some departments.

Milestones in history

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A panoramic view of the rear entrance of the college.

Notable alumni

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  2. 1 2 "A special get-together at Maharaja's college". The Hindu. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2018.