Brief History of our College
Thunchan Memorial Government College was started in the year 1980. The decision to start a Government College was the long cherished dream of a group of socially committed visionaries of this area. It was materialized as the result of the fusion of their enthusiasm, hard work, diligence and zeal. Apart from the primary aim of imparting knowledge, this institution has been visualized to play a more significant role, namely the improvement of the otherwise educationally backward Malappuram District in general and the coastal belt of Tirur Taluk in particular. The College was inaugurated by the then Educational Minister of Kerala, Sri. Baby John.
For the present generation, it might be a surprise to learn that this prestigious College had a very humble beginning. With no separate building of its own at that time, the classes were initially held in the few class rooms of the nearby Paravanna Government High School. One of the rooms of the nearby Master’s Lodge served as the make-shift office room of the College. In 1981, this College was aptly christened as Thunchan Memorial Government College, thus honoring the father of modern Malayalam Language, whose birthplace is Tirur.
Thanks to the untiring enthusiasm and efforts of the College Sponsoring Committee, the College was shifted to its new premises by 1984. The Committee received generous helps from the public by way of donation. 22.5 acres of salubrious land at Vakkad was purchased and a College building was constructed on the land at the cost of Rupees five lakhs. 17th November 1984 is a memorable day in the annals of the College. On this day, the College started functioning in its own building. Thus the present College Campus came into existence.
The Sponsoring Committee is also credited with arranging the infrastructure and providing the necessary facilities so that the Pre-Degree Courses in Humanities (Third Group) and Commerce (Fourth Group) could be started immediately. With unbounded gratitude we remember all the members of the Sponsoring Committee whose yeoman services contributed to the birth and step by step growth of the College. These members did the spade work for developing the College into a good temple of learning. We are grateful to each of them.
Members of the Sponsoring Committee:
- R. Mohammed Mangalam (President)
- C. K. Hameed Haji., Vettom (Vice President)
- M. P. Narayana Menon, Vettom (Vice President)
- Prof. K. Abdulla, B. P. Angadi (Secretary)
- N. Mohammed Master, B. P. Angadi (Joint Secretary)
- K. Mohammed Kutty, B. P. Angadi (Joint Secretary)
- Kuttiyil Kumaran, Vettom (Treasurer)
- T. V. Mohammed, Tirur (Member)
- K. T. Mohammed alias Bappu Haji, Kanoor (Member)
- T. K. Syed Muhammed, B. P. Angadi (Member)
- C. M. Kunhi Mohammed,Vettom (Member)
- T. Velayudhan Nair alias Kuttan Nair, Thekkummury (Member)
- C. A. Saidalavi, Kanoor (Member)
The year 1991 was another milestone in the history of the College. It was in this year that Sri. E. T. Mohammed Basheer, the then Educational Minister of Kerala declared, at a function, the sanction of the first Degree Course, viz, B. A. Arabic in the College. Along with this, the College was also sanctioned B. Com. The College was thus upgraded to the status of a Degree College.
The need for introducing new courses in science subjects in the College was realized and during the academic year 1993-’94, B. Sc. Mathematics was introduced, followed by M. Sc. Mathematics in the year 1995-’96. This marked the beginning of the first Post-Graduate Government College in Malappuram District.
The following years saw the commencement of other new courses in the College. B. A. Malayalam course was sanctioned by the then Educational Minster Sri. P. J. Joseph in the year 1999 and its inauguration was done by the Minister of Local Self Government Sri. Paloli Mohammed Kutty. In 2004-’05, B. Sc. Physics was added to the list of courses in the College. At present the College has 5 U. G. Courses and one P. G. Course.
Even after upgradation to the level of a Degree College, the infrastructural facilities available to the College are still inadequate. Yet, we are proud to say that this has not adversely affected the academic output of the College. We have not looked back since we cut our teeth in the educational firmament in 1980. Our students have secured the top University ranks and brought credit to the College. They have also excelled in extra-curricular activities.
The spirited endeavor of the students, teachers and people of this locality has earned the College a prominent niche in the educational map of Malappuram District. Yet the College is still in its formative phase and has to grow. The need of the hour is adding sufficient infrastructure, introducing new courses with emphasis on job opportunities and modern thrust.
We firmly believe that Thunchan Memorial Government College is destined to spearhead the educational empowerment of Tirur which still remains backward socially, economically and educationally. It is a beacon of hope to the people of this area. It will stand out as a sprawling banyan tree in the future, shedding the exuberance of learning to thousands of students and to posterity.
Finally we gratefully acknowledge the efforts of those administrators, legislators, former staff, people of the locality etc. who have shown interest and contributed in the growth of the College to the present status. Though the permission of the Government is required in all policy matters, the Principal, teachers, office and students will strive hard for attaining higher goals and ambitions, and work for the steady growth of this Institution.
Thunchan Memorial Government College, Tirur, established in 1980, has completed 35 years of dedicated and glorious service to the cause of higher education in one of the most socially and economically backward area, Vettom Panchayath of the District of Malappuram, Kerala. The history of the institution is closely related to the history of educational progress of the people of the district in general and that of the educationally and economically backward communities in particular. The College attracts students from an area stretching over 20 sq. kms. and enjoyed the status as the only institution for higher education of the people from more than a dozen Grama Panchayaths until recently.
The establishment of the College owes to the keen desire of a group of people of this area to uplift the marginalized fishermen community and other backward communities, who was thrown out off from the main stream of social progress for reasons historical. Since economic backwardness goes hand in hand with educational backwardness, the establishment of a centre for higher education was the need of the hour for the economic empowerment of all socially marginalized groups who had so far been deprived of their right to education and employment.
Thunchan Memorial Government College, Tirur was started as a junior college with Pre-Degree course in the year 1980. The enrolment over the years reveals that the college has made substantial contribution for the education of women, especially girls from educationally and socially backward and minority communities. The college was upgraded into a Degree College in the year 1991 with two courses B.A. Arabic and B.A. Malayalam and into P.G. College in the year 1995 by introducing M.Sc. Mathematics. The college now offers 5 UG and 4 PG programmes.
Our vision is to be an institution that strives for excellence in higher education, to create a just and vibrant society through the development and promotion of knowledge upholding the values envisaged by Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of modern Malayalam.
In pursuance of our vision and guiding principles, we endeavour to facilitate the creation and promotion of socially relevant education, towards creation of a society that is sensitive to human rights, ecology, environment and sustainable development.