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Administration Block of St Thomas' College
|Motto||Veritas Vos Liberabit|
Motto in English
|The Truth Will Set You Free|
|Type||Government Aided College|
|Founder||Mar Adolph Medlycott|
|Principal||Dr Ignatius Antony|
|Location||Thrissur, Kerala, India|
|Affiliations||University of Calicut|
St. Thomas' College (Autonomous), Thrissur is a Government Aided college located in Thrissur City, the Cultural Capital of Kerala, India. Founded by Mar Adolph Medlycott in 1889, this college played a very important role in the development of the State. It is the first Catholic college in Kerala and is conducted by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur. Mar Andrews Thazhath is the Patron and Mar Tony Neelankavil is the Manager of the College now.
The college is affiliated to University of Calicut. The College attained Autonomous status in 2014 and was recognised as College with Potential for Excellence by University Grants Commission in 2016. The College was awarded A Grade in its third cycle of reaccreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) after the peer team review in 2016.
Started as a lower secondary school in 1889, the founder, the first Vicar Apostolic of Thrissur, Adolphus Edwin Medlycott, named it St. Thomas’ College. In 1919, it was raised to a second grade college in arts, affiliated to the University of Madras. The college was raised to the rank of a Second Grade College for the service of the people in the field of higher education during the period of Rt. Rev. Dr. John Menachery, the Bishop and Vicar Apostolic of Thrissur in April 1919.
In 2004, St. Thomas' College has been accredited with a B++ grade by NAAC, an autonomous organization instituted by the UGC. In September 2010, St. Thomas' College was re-accredited with A grade by NAAC.
The college offers graduate, postgraduate and Ph.D.-level programmes in a wide range of subjects. There are nineteen teaching departments (including the nine research departments and the twelve postgraduate departments) that encompassed 140 teachers.
The Department of Physics was started in 1922 within three years of the establishment of the college itself. In 1951 a B.A Degree in Physics was started (later changed to BSc) was started with the affiliation of the Madras University. In 1961 MSc Physics (of Kerala University) was started which was a rare course in those days (one among four colleges in Kerala then). This Department offers bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in Physics.
In the year 1955, the Degree Course in B.A. Statistics was started under the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics affiliated to the University of Madras. The B.A. Course was converted to three year B.Sc. course in Statistics in 1958 under the University of Kerala. The Department of Statistics was established in the year 1984. This department offers bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and Doctoral Studies (PhD).
The Department of Library and Information Studies has two constituents: (1) the library which supplements the academic, intellectual, informational, inspirational, spiritual and recreational requirements of the academia with its rich resources and services, and (2) the department of information studies which offers various academic programmes.
The Department of library is one of the largest and oldest college libraries in Kerala. It is divided into four sections: General, Science, English and a separate section for the self-financing courses in Jubilee Block. The General section holds general, multidisciplinary, language and literature books in Malayalam, Sanskrit and Hindi along with the books in humanities and social sciences. This section also has a rich collection of reference books. The Science section contains volumes in natural, physical and mathematical sciences. The English section possesses resources in English language and literature. The Self Financing Section of the library has books in the disciplines of Social Work, Electronics, Computer Applications, Business and Media Studies.
The valuable collections include forty sets of Encyclopӕdiae, twenty sets of Dictionaries and Directories of various categories. Some of the collections are very rare, viz. 4 editions of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2 editions of World Book Encyclopedia, Collier's Encyclopedia (24 volumes), Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia (29 volumes), Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia (15 volumes), The Book of Knowledge: The Children's Encyclopædia, International Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environment (30 volumes), Encyclopedia of Visual Art (10 volumes) and Encyclopedia of Animal World (21 volumes). In the collection of Dictionaries there are 20 sets of various types, among them A New English Dictionary (9 volumes), published in 1888, is the rarest and the most valuable. Moreover, A Dictionary of English Language abridged by Robert Gordon Latham from that of Samuel Johnson in 1882, Malayalam-English Dictionary by Hermann Gundert and Malayalam-Portuguese Dictionary by Arnos Padre are available in the Library.
The College Library provides open access to its documents and any member can browse through the collections which are arranged according to Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The Library provides an online catalogue to trace these books. The members can also access scholarly literature which is available online through National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST) of UGC-INFLIBNET. Through N-LIST, members can access to 6000+ e-journals and 31,35,000+ ebooks. Different sections of the College Library houses 40 terminals of computers for the use of students and faculty. The Library provides reference, scholarly literature search services and similarity check for plagiarism.
The academic Department of Information Studies offers the Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Information Studies. The programme is delivered entirely online using virtual learning platform and consists of three modules: information literacy, academic writing and communication, and intellectual property and its management. The programme is first of its kind in India. Training on electronic reference management and awareness about web research profiles, citation metrics, intellectual property rights, ethical methods of research and publishing, pseudo-journals and plagiarism are also imparted by the Department.
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