Our Patron Saint
Our College is named after St. Stephen (1st century), one of the first seven ordained Deacons and the first Martyr of Christianity. His biography and an elaborate apologia by him before Jewish council are recorded in the Book of Acts, chapter 7 (Bible). Though by birth a Hellenistic diaspora Jew, he was brought up by his mother as a true Christian. Justifying the meaning of his name (Stephen=Crown) he was truly a ‘crown’ of the Church. He was a mirror image of Christ in every sense and was a man full of faith, wisdom and of the Holy Spirit. He taught in the Synagogue of the Libertines. He was accused of blasphemy before the Jewish council and was then stoned to death and while dying, he prayed for the pardon of his accusers. We should be proud of having St. Stephen as our Patron Saint. We should imbibe from him the message of sacrifice, forgiveness and commitment and try to be crowns of the society.
The Most Rev. Mar Thoma Dionysius Founder (1887-1972)
A Word about our Founder
The life of His Grace Mar Thoma Dionysius is a source of inspiration for all of us in the family of Mount Tabor. His Grace was a pioneer in the educational field of Kerala. More than five decades back, His Grace laid the foundation for a Religo-Educational Centre at Pathanapuram at a beautiful hillock which he christened as ‘Mount Tabor’. His Grace was a student of Christ Church College in the Oxford University during 1937-39. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, was one of his best friends there. Inspired by the noble traditions of western culture and civilization, His Grace wanted the Mount Tabor to be the fountainhead of progress for the people around. He was consecrated as Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese of the Orthodox Church in 1940 and continued in the same ecclesiastical post for 32 years till his demise on 3rd December 1972. Besides being an ecclesiastical episcopal leader, he was also a versatile social leader, philanthropist, humanist and educationalist. The valuable services rendered by Mount Tabor educational institutions, hospitals and orphanages in different parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu testify the commitment of His Grace for the cause of education and social welfare in the backward and under developed areas.
History Of the College
Annals of the College St. Stephen’s College was founded in 1964 after the name of St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity. The college was the fulfilment of a long cherished desire of its founder, His Grace Mar Thoma Dionysius. A number of educational institutions testify the deep devotion of the founder to the cause of higher education in and around Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The college was formally declared open by His Holiness Mar Baselios Augen I Catholicos of the East on 8 June 1964. Prof T.C. Joseph, Professor of Botany, Union Christian College, Alwaye, was appointed as the Principal and the Junior College started functioning at Mount Tabor premises, Pathanapuram. He was succeeded by Very Rev. Dr. N.J. Thomas Remban. In 1968 the college was shifted to its present site, in the serene village of Maloor, 6 kms away from Pathanapuram. The college was upgraded in 1978 and now offers Degree courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Economics, Commerce and English. With the introduction of M.Sc. Course in Zoology in1995, it was upgraded as a Post-Graduate college. M.Sc. Course in Chemistry was sanctioned in 1999, M.Sc. Physics was sanctioned in 2001 and M.Sc. Mathematics was sanctioned in 2013. Department of Zoology has been recognised as a Research Centre by the University of Kerala in 2000. Students can do research leading to Ph.D here. The college was accredited at the B++ grade by the NAAC Peer Team which visited the institution in 2004. It is a matter of pride for the college that three of its faculty members have been elevated to the divine service of the church. The erstwhile Catholicose of the East, Late H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I and the former Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese, Late His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos were serving the college as Heads of the Department of English and His Grace Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan of Culcutta Diocese was serving the college as Reader St. Stephen’s College Hand Book 2018-2019 13 and Director of Zoology Reserch Centre when they were called upon for ordination. The illustrious service rendered by the late Very Rev. Aprem Remban (Rev. Fr Oommen P. Abraham) as Head of the Department of Botany, Local Manager and Principal of our college for a period of over two decades is gratefully acknowledged. The services of Prof. Lukose P. Mathai and Dr. Baby K. Paul as Principals of the college are also acknowledged. Rev. Fr. K.V. Paul too served the college for over a decade as Head of the Department of Syriac, Local Manager and Principal. During his tenure the college was accredited at the B++ level by NAAC. Dr. Soosy Kuryan served as Principal of the college from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Varughese P. Daniel assumed charge as Principal in the year 2014. The college celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2014. The college was re-accredited by the NAAC Peer team at B Grade with CGPA 2.80 in 2015. The college hosted five National Seminars sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the academic year 2015 - 2016. The seminars drew in scholars and researchers from all over India and gave students and teachers a national exposure. The year 2016 – 2017 witnessed a series of State Seminars organized by the college, funded by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), aimed at sensitizing students on the environmental emergency we face today. The Departments of Botany, Chemistry, Zoology and Physics organized the seminars on World Environment Day, World Ozone Day, World Wetland Day and National Science Day, respectively. Also the college was lucky enough to receive lectures by eminent personalities like Mr. Jacob Punnoose IPS, Mr. Alexander Jacob IPS and Mr. Zachariah George IPS. Dr. Achamma George took over as the principal of our college in 2017. The year 2017-18 saw our college becoming more eco-conscious. A rain water harvesting unit was installed in the college premises as part of the same.
GOVERNING BODY of the College
14.Mr.Somasekharan Nair Superintendent
OUR FORMER PRINCIPALS
Dr.Achamma George MSc,Bed,MPhil, PhD