“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident”, says Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, our former President and missile man of India.

The never-ending journey of excellence through education began with the upsurge of sublime thoughts emanated from the mind of the Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Alias Achen who was born in the year 1805. The inspiring ideas put forth by the revolutionary educationalist changed the then existing educational scenario in Kerala. The essence of this short, academic giant paved the way for the education explosion in our state, the reverberations of which are even perceptible in our century. The quiddity of his scholastic objectives is summarized in the vision statement of St. Joseph’s College, Moolamattom.

The serene ambience of the college, endowed with the natural scenic beauty of the campus and its surroundings as depicted in many films, is sufficient to quench the thirst for knowledge in any enthusiastic student. The qualified and dedicated faculty and the infrastructure facilities add a lot more to the learning experience. The research labs, library and sports facilities are to be specially mentioned. Publications by our teachers in reputed national and international journals and the Josephine Researcher, the interdisciplinary national annual research book of our college herald the research culture of the Institution.

All the stakeholders of the college who are industrious and inquisitive, including the visionary CMI management, pioneer in providing high quality education in the country. St. Joseph’s College, which had a humble beginning in 1981 is on its journey to Excellence. The College had to satisfy with a B+ Grade in 2005 in its first NAAC accreditation. The constant efforts to improve its grade resulted in securing A Grade (3.12 / 4) in the third cycle of NAAC re-accreditation in 2017. This is a major achievement since many colleges that got accredited during that period could not improve their grades. The expedition to excellence is on and we are determined to pursue it.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which started in the beginning of 2020 in Kerala still threatens the very existence of human beings, has shattered the educational planning of all. But St. Joseph’s College, Moolamattom, with its immense potential reached out to students with the aid of technology. Classes, internal examinations and PTA meetings were carried out as per usual college time table. The network connectivity, though a villain during this period, did not affect much of our classes and other scholarly activities. I take this opportunity to appreciate not only our staff, students and parents, but all the stakeholders associated with our mission.

The University is determined to make drastic changes in teaching-learning and examination pattern to cope with existing dilemma in the academic environment. In tandem with the paradigm shift taking place in scholastic activities, we are also planning to make the online teaching-learning process more effective by a systematic upgradation of our LMS. Online internal examination process also requires modifications.

In the last year the verandas of the college did not hear the laughter of students, the classroom furniture did not get the thuds of their bosom friends, the walls were not echoed with the lectures of the faculty and the gardens, canteen, water coolers, library and courtyards waited in vain for the murmuring of Josephines.

But human history reiterates that pandemics, floods, droughts and even world wars never stopped the world from its progress. Better days will come. We will enjoy learning in the campus. We will spend our time with our beloved teachers and friends in the live and lovely campus. We will share our sorrows and joyful moments in the campus. Dear Josephines, the entire college is waiting for your return presently.

‘They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Wish you a wonderful and exciting academic year. Thank you all.

                                 Dr. Sabukutty MG

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