St.Berchmans College Changanassery also known as SB College, is the first Autonomous College in Kerala, India with 3008 students with 800 hostlers. It is a Christian college and widely regarded as one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges for arts and sciences in India, producing a line of distinguished alumni. It is situated in the town of Changanassery 18 kilometers south of Kottayam. Established in 1922, the college has ninteen postgraduate and eight research departments. Students and alumni are called ‘Berchmanites’. It is run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Changanassery, is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam and is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). St. Berchmans’ has a sprawling green campus and large play grounds. The college was granted autonomy by the UGC on 13 June 2014.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded Five Star status to St. Berchmans’ College, in the first cycle of accreditation, A+ status on the second and A grade on the third; the top grading of each cycle. The UGC has recognised St. Berchmans’ College as one among the six colleges in Kerala accorded with the status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’(CPE).
The college has won the R. Sankar award presented by the Government of Kerala to the best college in Kerala twice in a row.
Academics and extra-curricular activities
Research areas in science include Material science, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry, Plant Taxonomy and Environmental Sciences. The college conducted an international conference on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development participated in by delegates from 26 countries in 2005. Apart from academics, the college has National Service Scheme(NSS) volunteers.
The popular extra-curricular societies and clubs engage in activities concerned with Jesus Youth , debating, dramatics, film club, social service, photography,
It is the only college in India, apart from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, to have a full-fledged Shakespearian Theatre. Shakespearian plays have been regularly staged since 1938.
Berchmans Institute of Management Studies (BIMS)
Berchmans Institute of Management Studies (BIMS) established in 1995, is under the management of St. Berchmans College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. It is a full-time Master of Business Administration programme. Berchmans Institute of Management Studies is recognized by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.