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MILESTONES

MILESTONES

1949
Nov. 01 : Application submitted by Archbishop Augustine Kandathil to the University of Travancore. 
1951 Dec. 26 : A University Commission visited the site. 
Dec. 26: Fr. Joseph Menacherry laid the Foundation stone. 

1953 
April 28 : Apostolic Internuncio Archbishop Martin Lucas S.V.D. visited the College site and building. 
May 30 : Subjects Inspection Commission of the University inspected the facilities provided. 
June 17 : University order sanctioning Intermediate course in 3 groups. 
June 29 : The College with 387 students and 20 teachers was inaugurated by Msgr. Mathew Pothanamuzhi, Manager. 
Nov. 12 : Eugene Cardinal Tisserent visited the College and blessed the corner stone.
Dec. 01 : Bishop Joseph Parekattil became Manager. 

1955
June 01 : Women students were also admitted. 
June 23 : Sanction for B.A. Economics, B.Sc. Maths and B.Com. 

1956
Jan. 10 : Archbishop Augustine Kandathil, Founder Patron, expired and Bishop Joseph Parekattil took over as Patron. June : One year Pre-University and 3 year Degree Courses were introduced in place of intermediate and Degree Courses of 2 years each. 

1957
Jan. 10 : Diocese of Kothamangalam was inaugurated. Bishop Mathew Pothanamuzhi became Patron of the College. June : Msgr. T. K. Nambiaparambil took over as Manager. His Ex. Mr. A.J. John, Governor of Madras was welcomed by the College. B.Sc. Physics, Chemistry and Botany were started. 

1958
Feb. 03 : Union Minister Mr. V.K. Krishna Menon presided over the College Day Celebrations.
June : Little Flower Hostel for women was opened. 
Aug. 11 : The College welcomed Dr. B.Ramakrishna Rao, Governor of Kerala and Dr. John Mathai, Vice Chancellor. 

1959
Feb. 02 : Valerian Cardinal Gracias presided over the College Day Celebrations. 
Nov. 30 : Apostolic Internuncio Archbishop Robert Knox visited the College. The College Stadium got ready for use.

1961
Nov. 18-19 : Celebration of the Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel, Principal, who was honoured by the Holy See with the title of Papal Chamberlain. Minister Mr. P. T. Chacko presided over the Jubilee cum College Day celebrations. The Nedumkallel Foot Ball Trophy was started as Jubilee memorial. 

1962 
Library building got completed and inaugurated. 

1964
June : Two year Pre-degree course replaced the one year pre-university Course. Msgr. Mathew Vellankal took over as Manager. 

1965
July : Affiliation received for post graduate courses in Economics (M.A) and Commerce (M.Com). 

1966
Jan : Inauguration of College Auditorium by Prof. Samuel Mathai, Vice Chancellor. 
June:Introduction of 3 year reorganized Degree course. Girls won theUniversity Championship in Volley Ball. 
July : Affiliation for M.Sc. Chemistry. 

1968 
Feb. 22 : Maximillian Cardinal de Furstenburg, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Oriental Churches and Archbishop Giusepe Caprio, Apostolic Pronuncio, visited the College.

1970
May 31 : Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Principal and the main architect of the College retired.
June 01 : Fr. Mathew Palamattom took over as Principal. 

1971 
June 01 : The P.D.C. III Group was bifurcated into Commerce Group and Economics Group. 

1972
June : Fee rates in Govt. and private colleges unified. Sept: Agreement between Management and Government regarding fee collection, admission of student's selection, of staff and " direct Payment". 

1973 
March : Campus roads tarred. Feb : Dr. R.S. Krishnan, Vice Chancellor presided over the College Day Celebrations.
Aug : Minister Mr. K. M. George inaugurated the College Union. 

1977 
April 24 : Bishop Mathew Pothanamuzhi, Patron, to whom the College mainly owed its existence, retired, and Bishop George Punnakottil took over.
June 01 : Msgr. Cherian Veranany became Manager. 
Augu.01 : Fr. John Vallamattam took charge as Principal in place of Msgr.. Mathew Palamattam on leave. 

1978
Jan. 26 : Jeevajyothi inaugurated by Dr. M. V.Pylee Vice Chancellor, University of Cochin, in a meeting presided over by Minister Mr. P. J. Joseph. 
March 06 : Dr. V.K. Sukumaran Nair, Vice Chancellor inaugurated the Silver Jubilee of the College.Nov. 25 to Dec. 03 : Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
Nov. 27 : Governor Smt. Jyothi Venkatachellem inaugurated the jubilee exhibition.
Nov. 28 : Bishop George Punnakottil, Patron presided over the Jubilee Liturgy, assisted by 24 priests. Arch Bishop Joseph Kelanthara gave the Jubilee message. His Em. Joseph Cardinal Parekattil blessed the corner stone for the Jubilee Memorial Post Graduate block.
Dec. 02 : Minister Varadarajan Nair chaired the education seminar and Archbishop Gregorios-the inter-religious meeting. 
Dec. 03 : Chief Minister Mr. P.K. Vasudevan Nair concluded the celebration in the meeting presided over by Vice Chancellor Dr. V. K. Sukumaran Nair. 

1979
June 18 : Msgr. Mathew Palamattam, handed over Principalship to Fr. John Vallamattam. 
Augu. 01 : Shift system for Pre-Degree Course introduced. 
Sept. 01 : Rev. Dr. Mathew Thottiyil took charge as Principal in the leave vacancy of Fr.JohnVallamattam. 

1980 
Aug. 01 : Affiliation for B.A. Malayalam.
Aug. 01 : Affiliation for B.A. Hindi. 
Nov. 07 : Dr. A.V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala, inaugurated the College Union.

1982
Feb. 06 : Bishop Mathew Pothanamuzhi expired. 
Dec. 23 : Affiliation for B. Sc. Zoology. 

1983
Feb. 06 : Principal Fr. John Vallamattam resumed charge.
May 06: Msgr. George Edathotty became Manager.
Sept. 09 : Governor Mr. P. Ramachandran inaugurated the College Union. 
Oct. 02 : Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam established, incorporating 67 Colleges including Nirmala. 

1984
March 12 : Vice Chancellor Dr. A.T. Devasia was chief guest for college day functions. 
Dec. 20 : M.Sc. Statistics started. 

1986
Jan. 07 : Nirmala Volley Ball Trophy started. 

1987
March 31 : Rev. Dr. John Vallamattam retired. 
April 01 : Prof. T.J. Francis Xavier took charge as Principal. 

1988
April 14 : Prof. T.J. Francis Xavier retired. 
April 15 : Prof. George James took charge as Principal. 

1989
June : Shift system ended. Nirmala College recognized as a research centre for Ph. D. in Chemistry.

1992
March : Chemistry research centre opened by Vice Chancellor Dr. V.K. Sukumaran Nair. 

1993
March 16 : Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lectures instituted by Bishop Mar George Punnakottil. Prof. Sukumar Azhikode and Prof. K. M. Tharakan delivered the lectures. 
March 31 : Principal Prof. George James K. retired. 
April 1 : Prof P.K. Joseph took charge as Principal. 
June 11 : Affiliation for M. A. Malayalam. 

1994
May 15 : Msgr. Thomas Malekudy took charge as Manager. 

1995
July 15 : Nirmala Computer Academy opened. 

1996
April 30 : Principal Prof. P.K. Joseph retired. May 01 : Prof. M.C. Joseph took charge as Principal.

1997
Sept. 08 : The foundation stone of Nirmala Matha Church was laid in the college campus by Bishop Mar George Punnakottil.

1998
May 31 : Principal Prof. M.C. Joseph retired. 
June 01 : Rev. Dr. Thomas Periappuram took charge as Principal.
Dec. 07 : Affiliation for B. Sc. Physics Electronic Equipment Maintenance course. 

1999
March 18 : Dr. M. V. Pylee, former Vice Chancellor of Cochin University delivered VIIIth Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture.
Oct 25-26 : The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC-UGC) Peer Team consisting of Prof. M. Madaiah, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Mysore (Chairman), Prof. Pramada Devi, Principal of the Osmania University College for women, Hyderabad (Member), and Dr. Bantwal Shivarma Holla, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Mangalore University (Member), paid visit to the college and submitted their report to the NAAC, Bangalore.
Dec. 20 : M.A. Hindi Course Started. 

2000 
U.G.C sponsored B.Com Computer application course inaugurated by Shri.P.C.Thomas M.P. January : Nirmala College recognized as a Research Centre for Ph.D. in Commerce.
January 22 : The college is accredited for a period of five years with THREE STARS, by the Executive Committee of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (UGC), Bangalore. 
June. 01 : De-linking of the Pre-Degree Course completed. 
Nov. 17 : Research Centre for Commerce was opened by Shri. P.J. Joseph, Hon'ble Minister for Education and Works. 
Dec. 04 : Hon'ble Minister for Education Shri. P.J.Joseph delivered IXth Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture. 
Dec. 28 : Nirmala Matha Church in the College campus blessed and consecrated by Bishop Mar George Punnakottil. 

2001
Janu. 09 : George Paul Foundation inauguration by Dr. Jose James, Registrar Mahatma Gandhi University.
Feb. 08 : Nirmala College recognized as a Research Centre for Ph.D. in Malayalam.
March 27 : Affiliation for M.Sc. Zoology.
Aug.1 : UGC sponsored B.A. Communicative English Started. 
Aug. 16 : Inauguration of M.Sc. Zoology Course. 
Sept. 9 : Nirmala College Society was formed to start professional courses with the approval of AICTE.

2002
Janu. 17 : Inauguration of Golden Jubilee Celebrations and blessing of the corner stone for Jubilee Memorial Library cum research block by Bishop George Punnakottil. 
March 15 : Malayalam research centre opened by Vice Chancellor Dr. Cyriac Thomas. 
March 31 : Rev. Dr. Thomas Periyapuram retired. 
April 1 : Rev. Dr. George Thanathuparambil took over as Principal. 
May 27 : AICTE approval to commence MCA course with a student strength of 60. 
Nov. 6 : The foundation stone for the Golden Jubilee Memorial Library cum Research Block was laid by Msgr. Thomas Malekudy, the Manager. 
Nov. 18 : MCA course was inaugurated by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. George Punnakottil. 

2003
Jan. 02 : His Excellency Sri. Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala, inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and the 10 day National Science and Technology Exhibition (ORBIT 2003 and TIDES 2003). 
Jan. 2-12 : National Science and Technology Exhibition 
Jan. 19 : Mega Alumni Day: Sri. M. T. Vasudevan Nair inaugurated the reunion of Nirmalites. The first batch students (Jubilee Batch), the first rank holders and the prominent alumni were honoured. Golden Jubilee Gold Medal sponsored by Rev. Dr. C. A. Abraham was instituted. 
Jan. 23 : Grand Finale of the golden jubilee was inaugurated by Sri. A.K. Antony, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala. Sri. Nalakath Soopy, Hon'ble Minster for education received the Album of the s pecial c over of the golden jubilee released by the Postal Department from Sri. Babu Raj, Post Master General, Central Region, Kochi. Sri. K.M. Mani, Hon'ble Minister for Revenue released the first copy of 'Science and Society', a multi disciplinary biannual Journal published from the College. Nirmala Academic and Research Publications (NARP), the publication division of the College was inaugurated. Three books published by NARP were released. Consultancy Services Division (Edison Circle) was opened by Sri. K. Francis George M.P. Idukki. 
Feb. 29 : Dr. P. Basak delivered the XIIth Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Endowment Lecture. 
Oct. 18 : The Career Guidence Cell started the Foundation Course for Competitive Tests. It was inaugurated by Prof. Mathew Joseph, Former Principal, Regional Engineering College, Trichur.
Oct. 27 : Folklore club of the College was inaugurated. Nov. 30 : The NSS unit of the College organised a Mega Free Eye Testing and Catract Surgery Camp in collaboration with the Arvind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore. 
Dec. 8 : The new Cafeteria was blessed and opened for the use of the staff and students.

2004
Jan. 8 : A Science Fair, Art Expo and Cultural Fest (Spectrum 2004) was organised from 8-10 January 2004. Dr. Cyriac Thomas, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of M.G. University inaugurated the programme.
Feb. 12 : Film Music duo Berny - Ignatius inaugurated the Dramatic Club which staged the English drama 'Dr. Faustus' . 
Mar. 8 : The Golden Jubilee Souvenir was released by Hon'ble Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer giving a copy to Msgr. Thomas Malekudy, the Manager. The 12 th Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Endowment Lecture was delivered by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer on Water Patriotism : The Plachimada Crisis. 
Mar. 19 : The foundation stone for the new building for the Dept. of Pharmaceutical Science was blessed and laid by His Excellency Mar George Punnakottil. 
Mar. 30 : An Academic Auditing by a Peer Team consisting of Dr. K.G. Narayanapillai (DCDC, MG University, Kottayam), Dr. Rajan Varghese (former Principal, UC College, Aluva) and Dr. P.J. Paulose (Principal, S.N. B.Ed. College, Adimaly) was conducted to evaluate the performance of different departments.
May 10 : Mar George Punnakkottil laid the foundation stone for the new block of the Ladies Hostel. 
Aug. 23 : The Chess Team secured the M. G. University Championship. 
Sept. 9 : The College Handball Team won the M. G. University Championship for men. 
Oct. 2. The NSS Unit of the College was recognised as one among the Best Five Colleges of the M. G. University. 
Oct. 11 : B. Pharm Course was inaugurated by His Excellency, Mar George Punnakkottil. 

2005
Jan. 7: Dr. M. V. Paily, Former Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of Science & Technology inaugurated the two-day Science Fair, Cultural Fest (Meteor 05) and IT Fest (Cameo 05). 
Feb. 28: The 13th Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Endowment Lecture was delivered by Dr. K. S. Radhakrishnan, Vice Chancellor, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady on ‘Religion & Spirituality’. 
March 17: An Academic Auditing was conducted under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Philip Vadakkekalam, Former Principal, S. B. College and Member, NAAC Peer Team. 
June 10: The college secured 8 University ranks.
Nov. 30: The formation display of the NCC bandset was flagged off by Mr. Baby Mathew, Managing Director Jeevan T.V. The first issue of the NCC Newsletter –The Patriot- was released.

2006 
Jan. 16: Campus satisfaction survey was conducted among students by the Dept. of Statistics.
Jan. 30: Talent day to give away the endowment awards was celebrated. Rt. Rev. Dr. George Punnakottil, Chief Guest of the day awarded gold medals to eight rank holders in the university examinations held in March/April 2005. 
Feb. 1: Network Resource Centre and Digital Library started functioning in the Golden Jubilee Memorial Library cum Research Centre. 
Feb. 3: The annual Science, Art and IT exhibition (Sparks 2006) was inaugurated by Prof. N. Unnikrishnan Nair, Former Vice Chancellor Cochin University of Science and Techology. 
Feb. 17: The college day celebrations were inaugurated by Prof. P.K. Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology. 
Feb. 22: The 14th Msgr Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. B. Iqbal, former Vice Chancellor, Kerala University. 
Feb. 27: An Academic Review and Performance Evaluation was conducted by an expert team led by Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Mathew, Principal Christ College, Bangalore. June 7: College secured 9 ranks in the University examinations held in March-April 2006. 
July 12: An extension block of Little Flower Ladies Hostel constructed with UGC assistance was blessed by Rt. Rev. Dr. George Punnakottil. 
Dec. 7, 16: External Academic Audit by Fr. Tom Kunnumpuram, Principal, SB College, Changanessery, Dr. Saban K. V. and Dr. Kuruvilla Joseph. 

2007
Jan. 24-26: National Seminar and Annual Exhibition -’ISOTECH 2007’- was organised in collaboration with NAARRI and BRIT, Mumbai. 
Feb. 21: The 15th Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. S. Ignacimuthu S.J., former V.C., Madras University and Bharthidasan University. 
Feb. 22: Golden Jubilee Memorial Library and Research Centre was blessed by Rt. Rev. Dr. George Punnakottil. The Utility Block was also blessed. The first issue of the annual ‘Campus Light’ -a spiritual magazine by the Xavier Board Unit of the College was released. 
Feb. 27: Football Court was extended into a full size court with 110x70 metres. Basket ball court was remodelled as per international standards.  The Handball court and Tennis Court were completed. 
Mar. 26-28: NAAC Peer Team consisting of Prof. Chandrakant Kokate, Prof. Gita Tiwari and Dr. Mohan B. re-accredited the College with B++ grade. 
June 2: College secured 3 ranks in the University examinations held in March-April 2007. 
June 4: College won ‘Best College Award’ instituted by Xavier Board of Higher Education, Kerala North Region for the year 2006-07 in recognition of the excellence in curricular and extra curricular activities with special emphasis on values in the campus. College Handball team won M.G. University Championship and Football team won Mar Philoxenos All Kerala Intercollegiate Tournament. Nov. 30: The 16th Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture was delivered by Prof. M.G.S. Narayanan, renowned historian.

2008 
Jan. 12: Alumni Day celebrations inaugurated by Justice V.K. Mohanan, High Court of Kerala, a prominent alumnus. 
Jan. 19: Golden Jubilee of Little Flower Ladies Hostel celebrated. 
Jan. 25: ‘Magnum 2008’ -Annual Science, Technology and Arts Exhibition was conducted. Feb. 1: Lt. Dr. V.C. James, ANO, NCC unit recognised as International Judge and Range Official by International Shooting Sports Federation, Germany. 
Mar. 31: Rev. Dr. T. M. George, Principal and 8 faculty members retired. Justice J.B. Koshi, High Court of Kerala; Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy, Bishop of Balthangady; Dr. P.A. Hassan, Sr. Scientist, BARC; Mr. P. Surendran, writer; Mr. P. Balachandran, script writer, Dr. John Peruvanthanam, environmentalist visited College on various occasions and delivered talk.
Apr. 1: Prof. P.C. James took charge as Principal. June 5: College secured 6 ranks in the University examinations held in March-April 2008. College Handball team won M.G. University Championship. 
Oct. 10: Dr. K.G. Paulose, Vice Chancellor, Kerala Kalamandalam (Deemed) University, Thrissur inaugurated ‘Arangarivu’ -three day study camp on art forms like Kathakali, Theeyatt, Kootiyattam etc. 
Nov. 10: The 8th Rev. Dr. Mathew Thottiyil Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. Deepthy Menon, Asst. Prof., Amrita Institute of Nanosciences, Cochin. 
Dec. 10: Padmabhushan Dr. Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Gold Medalist; Dronacharya Prof. Sunny Thomas, National Coach in Shooting were given a warm reception by Nirmala fraternity.

2009
Jan. 10: Sri. K. L. Mohana Varma, renowned writer presided over the Alumni Day celebrations. 
Jan. 22: Dr. M. G. Gracious, Principal, Viswajyothi Engg. College, Vazhakulam inaugurated ‘Glitter 2009’ annual exhibtion. 
Jan. 24: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal, V.C., M.G. University inaugurated Intercollegiate campus recruitment drive. 
Jan. 30:  Dr. V.N. Rajasekharan Pallai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU delivered the 18th Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture. Feb. 24: The silver jubilee celebrations of Dept. of Statistics was inaugurated by Prof. N. Unnikrishnan Nair, Former V.C., CUSAT, Cochin. 
April 2: Nirmala College is recognised as a Research Centre for Ph.D. in Statistics. 
June 25: College secured 6 ranks in the University examinations held in March-April 2009. 
June 29: Commencement of I DC classes with Choice Based Credit Semester System (CBCSS) and Grading pattern. College Football team won 3 tournaments including Fr. Murphy South Indian Trophy, Chennai. 
Oct. 1: Mr. John Paul, noted script writer inaugurated ‘Kalithattu’ -three day study camp on Theatre and Cinema.
Nov. 9: The 10th Rev. Dr. Mathew Thottiyil Memorial Lecture was delivered by Dr. K. George Thomas, NIIST, Trivandrum. 

2010
Feb. 4-8: The State Level NSS Camp on ‘Anti-drug Campaign’. 
Feb. 5: Prof. Rajan Gurukkal, V.C., M.G. University inaugurated ‘Scilore 2010’ - annual science and art exhibition.
Feb. 9: Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan, delivered the 19th Msgr. Thomas Nedumkallel Memorial Lecture. 
Mar. 31: Prof. P.C. James, Principal retired. Msgr. Raphel Thattil, Vicar General, Arch Diocese of Thrissur; Major Gen. (Rtd.) Dr. R.M. Kharb AVSM, Chairman, AWBI; Ms. Priya A.S., writer; Mr. Priyanandan, film director; Mr. John Seed, Ecologist, Australia; Ms. Megan Wallace, NWS Reconciliation Council, Australia; Ms. Leela Menon, noted Journalist; Prof. A.M. Mathai, Emiratus Professor, McGill Univ., Canada; Prof. Thomas Mathew, Univ. of Maryland, USA; Mr. Biju V.D., alumnus & Minitab Trainer-Asia Pacific and Mr. P.C. Cyriac IAS (Rtd.) visited our college on various occasions and delivered talk. 
Apr. 1: Prof. N. Joy took charge as Principal.
June 25: College secured 4 ranks in the University examinations held in March-April 2010.

2011

Jan. 11: Padmabhushan Dr. P. K. Iyengar, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission inaugurated INSPIRE Internship motivation program of the DST. June 20: 14

College secured 9 ranks in the University examinations held in March-April 2011. Aug. 16: The newly built MCA block was blessed by Rt. Rev. Dr. George Punnakottil,Patron. Nov. 29: Padmabhushan Prof. Yashpal and Padmabhushan Prof. Madhav Gadgil were Chief Guests of the INSPIRE internship programme.

2012

July 25: Affiliation for M.Com., M.H.R.M., M.T.A., B.Com. (Taxation) and B.Com (OM & SP) courses.

2013

January 18: NAAC peer Team Visit for Re-accreditation of College

March 24:The college is reaccredited (3rd Cycle) by NAAC in  March with a CGPA of 2.85

March 31: Prof. N. Joy, Principal Retired

April 1: Rev. Dr.   Vincent Joseph took charge as Principal

October 5: Affiliation for Aided course –MA English 

November 7- The Foundation stone for the new building was blessed and laid