St. Teresa’s School, the first school for girls in Cochin; which was started in 1887, blossomed into St.Teresa’s College in 1925. It is the result of a vision, the seeds of which was planted by Sr.Teresa of St. Rose of Lima, when she started St.Teresa’s School in 1887. She was a great educationalist and a humane social worker. Unfortunately she died in 1902 in a train accident when she was 43 years of old. The College is named after St. Teresa of Avila. Though a Saint of the 16th Century, St. Teresa is a model for youth in any age and time. It is still the only higher education centre in Cochin exclusively for women. It is the alma mater of luminaries such as K.R.Gowri, Minister of Kerala, the late Leela Damodara Menon, Smt Mercy Ravi, Smt. Lida Jacob., I.A.S., Smt.Valsala Kumari B., I.A.S. and Smt. Mrinalini Madhavan I.P.S.
The College was established on 15th June in the year 1925, as the first Women’s College of the erstwhile Cochin State and the second in the whole of Kerala by the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of St.Teresa. It started functioning in one of the large halls of St.Teresa’s High School with Sr.Beatrice as its first Principal and Mother Veronica as the first Manager and a student strength of just 41. In the beginning, the College was a second grade Arts College affiliated to the Madras University and offered Intermediate Courses. The construction of a separate building for the College and the excellent results of the first batch of students appeared for the University examination in 1927, pleased the Madras University to upgrade the College to the status of a First Grade College in 1927. During World War
In the beginning, the College was a second grade Arts College affiliated to the Madras University and offered Intermediate Courses. The construction of a separate building for the College and the excellent results of the first batch of students appeared for the University examination in 1927, pleased the Madras University to upgrade the College to the status of a First Grade College in 1927.
During World War 2 , the College buildings were converted into a military hospital. So the whole institution had to be shifted to Trichur in 1942. In 1944 the College was brought back to Ernakulam, though not to its own buildings. It functioned amidst great inconveniences and difficulties in the present Excise buildings at Kacheripady. The shifting of the College back to Ernakulam also witnessed the birth of a new college – Carmel College, Trichur – as the offshoot of St. Teresa’s College. In 1948, the infant Carmel College was shifted to Bangalore under the name Mount Carmel College, which is now one of the premier colleges in South India.
St. Teresa’s College formed the first women’s basketball team in the University and the State in 1961.The successive teams have brought home, coveted trophies and created many star University and National players.
St.Teresa’s College envisions a life-oriented education that empowers women through a humanizing and liberative process, to be agents of transformation and development at different levels of life. They are empowered to respond actively to concerns and conflicts inherent in today’s world. To create a climate for human and academic excellence with an openness to learning, research and the development of professional skills. To contribute to the transformation of society through an openness to life and living the challenges of being socially conscious and socially responsible. The College aims at the integral formation of Intellectually creative, Emotionally mature, Morally responsible, Spiritually enlightened, Socially committed and Truly liberated young women who will be capable of assuming their rightful place in society and playing a vital role for its transformation.
St. Teresa’s College now owns a Fully functional website Developed by WEBERGE, which provides everything right from the Start-up period to the admission details right at your fingertips. This site is aimed at providing an ease of access to anyone who wants to get connected to the college and college authorities. Thus making different procedures; right from the admission details to other academic announcements at the fingertips.