St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda in the Thrissur district of Kerala state, is an autonomous college for women, affiliated to the University of Calicut, and managed by the St. Joseph’s Educational society of the Congregation of the Holy Family on a 19 acre campus. This institution was established in 1964 as an answer to the ever increasing demand for the higher education of young women from the middle & lower strata of society in the rural suburbs of Irinjakauda. The institution has been endeavoring to fulfill its stated mission of imparting value based holistic instruction and molding empowered women fit for the society, the nation and the world, for the past 54 years, drawing inspiration from the visionary zeal of Blessed Mother Mariam Thresia the foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Family and the benevolent blessings and guidance of the pioneers- the revered educationist, Padmabhushan, Rev. Fr. Gabriel, the Founder Principal, late Rev. Sr. Franco, and the First Manager, late Rev. Mother Josephine. One of the first institutions in Kerala to be accredited in 2000, the college was reaccredited in the third cycle at ‘A’ in 2013, by NAAC. In recognition of its efforts to empower women students, with a transformative rather than additive purpose, the institution has been conferred the status of Autonomy in March 2016, and the status of College with Potential for Excellence of the UGC in April 2016. The college has secured the 42nd place at the national level in the NIRF rating in 2017. The institution aspires to raise the platform of teaching, learning, research, student–support, extension, consultancy and innovations along with the rise in prestige, realizing very well that it would be no mean task and resting assured that it is possible with the concerted efforts of the stakeholders.
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