Established in 1953, Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha is a first-grade college affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. It is a Minority Christian institution governed and managed by the Corporate Educational Agency, Syrian Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam.The college is known for its high academic standards, and the students bag university ranks on a continuous basis. The college offers 17 UG and 14 PG programmes in addition to 11 UG and 4 PG programmes offered by the IGNOU Study Centre on the campus. The college offers Ph.D. programmes in Seven disciplines. Till now 55 Ph.Ds. have been awarded, and 63 students have been pursuing their doctoral studies currently. Out of 65 permanent faculty, 36 are Ph.D. holders.
The college was ranked on the 91st position in the NIRF rankings 2017 by the MHRD, Government of India and is also bestowed with the prestigious ‘Star College’ status by the DBT, government of India. All Science departments of the college are supported by the DST FIST scheme. The college has received funds and grants from funding agencies like UGC, ICSSR, DST, DBT, KSCSTE, KSBB, etc. The college was shortlisted in the National-level Swachhta Ranking in 2017 and 2019 for inspection. The initiatives of the college got reflected in the Swachh Campus Report of MHRD in 2019. The college also partners with MHRD in programmes like Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Institution Innovation Council, Social Media Champion, Ek Bharat Sresht Bharat, etc. The college was santioned Rs. 2 crore for infrastructure development under RUSA in 2018.
The campus is adorned by lush greenery and has about 53 acres of land with state of art facilities for a constructive learning experience. Around 1.175 acres of land are set apart for the greening efforts like botanical garden, herbal garden, spices garden, bio-diversity garden, vegetable garden, mushroom house etc.
The infrastructural facilities include 57 ICT enabled class rooms, 20 seminar halls, digital theatre, video conferencing hall, 10 well equipped laboratories, Nano Science Research Lab, language lab, 4 computer labs, digital library, etc. The college library has 80052 books as of now.
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Now Nirmala is one of the foremost colleges in Kerala with 2759 students and 142 faculty members. The College is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and is nationally accredited by NAAC at B++ grade (82.7% points) in 2007. The college is reaccredited (3rdCycle) by NAAC during March 2013 with a CGPA of 2.85. In the Fourth Cycle NAAC accredited the college with B++ Grade (2.76).