St.Stephen’s College at a Glance
Crowning a hillock in majestic splendour and set against a lush verdant backdrop, St. Stephen’s College is the pride of Uzhavoor. The college which belongs to the Arch-Diocese of Kottayam (Knanaya Catholic Community) is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University. The College was graded B by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2015. The brain child of His Excellency Rev. Dr. Thomas Tharayil, the then Bishop of the diocese of Kottayam, the college was established in 1964. Sri. Joseph Chazhikadan MLA and Rev. Fr. Peter Uralil, the first Principal of the college, were the guiding forces behind this noble endeavour. They were supported and encouraged by the active co-operation of the people of Uzhavoor and a host of well-wishers.
In the beginning, St. Stephen’s was a Junior College with four batches of Pre-Degree courses. The small step taken in 1964 culminated into a giant leap in a few decades. In 1968 the college was upgraded to the degree level. Today it has gained in strength and size with 4 postgraduate courses, 8 undergraduate courses, a computer centre, a media centre, a full-fledged library and its reading room, a big auditorium, a ladies’ hostel, a well-functioning canteen, a co-operative store, spacious staff-rooms, rest rooms for students, a medicinal garden, a vermicompost unit, large grounds for sports and games, an indoor stadium and ample parking facilities.
Mission of the College for the academic year 2019-2020 is
“ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND ENRICHED MINDS”
St. Stephen’s College is an academic fraternity of individuals dedicated to its motto. We strive to reach out to the star of human excellence based on the love of God and service to mankind as modelled in Jesus Christ, in a background of Indian heritage so as to produce intellectually trained, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired citizens.
Translating the vision into action, St. Stephen’s College seeks;
1. To give quality education that includes the imparting of sound learning, building of character, the spread of Truth and the knowledge of God.
2. To inculcate moral values, social commitment and dignity of labour among the youth through value education programmes.
3. To develop in the students an attitude of reconciliation between man and nature which will help them become peace makers, defenders of the poor and keepers of the environment.
The College Emblem
The lighted candle represents Jesus Christ, the Light of the World as well as the light of knowledge which dispels darkness of ignorance. Alpha and Omega, the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet symbolize the Word of God as the Beginning and the End. The building represents the college while the hills and the coconut palm are suggestive of the beautiful and tranquil hilly locale of the college. Encircled in the centre is the “Kallumthuvala”, which is closely associated with St. Stephen, the Patron Saint of the college. The motto INTENDENS IN CAELUM translated ‘looking up to heaven’ implies the determination to aim high.