University College, Thiruvananthapuram (estd.1866) was built to impart English education to the common folk of the erstwhile Travancore by H.H. Sri Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma Maharaja. Mr. John Ross, a scholar of repute was appointed Principal of the college. Today, after more than a century of dedicated service to the state, the College stands tall for having produced thousands of luminaries that includes a President, Cabinet Secretaries, Ambassadors, Civil Servants, IT doyens, teachers, poets, writers and artists.
Located in the heart of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, the College stands in a plot of about 10.62 acres and provides a unique and serene ambience. Offering 18 under graduate, 20 post graduate, 12 Mphil and 14 PhD programmes, the College is undoubtedly vibrant academically. Its architecture, location, history and resourcefulness have made University College a spot not to be missed in the city, if not in the state.
The curricular aspects, methods of teaching, learning and evaluation, paradigms of research, consultancy and extension, availability of infrastructure and learning resources, nature of student support and progression, governance and leadership, and quality of innovative practices of the College are dealt with in detail in the
University College has a staff strength of 215, of whom more than sixty per cent are research degree holders. The College has fourteen research departments, 55 research guides and 141 research scholars. Thus, University college is both a „University‟ and a „College‟.
The College is the only one in the state government sector to have been accorded „College with Potential for Excellence‟ status by the University Grants Commission.
Established in 1866, the College is the oldest in the state. It is centrally located and has rare architectural splendour that is a blend of gothic and sarazine elements. The Government of Kerala has declared it a heritage structure and steps are afoot to keep its façade pristine.
In 1925 Mahatma Gandhi visited the College and addressed the students – a rare and unique honour .
Its student-strength of 3200 comprises pupils from all social classes, mostly from the lower strata. Since the selection procedure to all the courses is based on merit alone, the percentage of financially challenged but meritorious students is the highest in this College.
The innumerable luminaries who have passed out from this institution is proof of its worthy tradition as well as academic brilliance.
The College is only one in the state that offers both M.Phil. and Ph. D. degrees.
The institution has research linkages with leading national research laboratories
It is a Centre of Excellence for many disciplines
Four departments of the institution have been upgraded with DST-FIST support