In response to the notification of the Government regarding the establishment of new colleges in 1980, Baselius Mar Thomas Mathews I, Catholica Bava applied for one in Pampady respecting the wishes of people of all caste and creed in and around Pampady. The application was not entertained during the first year. But on the strong recommendation of the commission set up by the university sanction for the college was granted the next year. Soon a big public meeting was held under the presidentship of K.S.Narayanan Namboothiri, Kaithamattom where it was decided unanimously that it should be named after Pampady Thirumeni. The people from the locality collected an amount of Rs. 5 Lakhs and bought sufficient land for the purpose from Manajpally Ramakrishna Pillai. The land was registered in the name of Bava Thirumeni. Soon the church swung into action collecting an amount of Rs. 40 lakhs and put up pucca buildings according to University specifications, including class rooms, laboratories, library, office block, canteen etc. The building faces the sacred tomb of Thirumeni on a neighbouring hill. And naturally, it keeps recording steady growth in every respect.
A chapel named after Parumala Thirumeni provides room for students to join together in common worship or for private meditation. Fellowship meetings, prayers and discussions are held on different days every week. Holy Qurbana and fasting prayers are also held at appropriate times, especially during lent seasons.
The college was raised to degree level in 1993 and to post graduate level five years later. Pre-degree (4 groups) , BA, Economics, BSc Chemistry and Physics, B. Com and M.Com courses are being run here. It has won the 3rd place in MG University and top place in Kottayam district, result wise.
Prof. Titus Varkey who retired as Principal has taken the college to great heights with his dynamic and dedicated leadership. He was more than a principal to his students and colleagues and a respected public figure, being an unselfish social activist. His unique, service was properly acknowledged when an 80-lakh auditorium was inaugurated on the day of the retirement, with the Management staff, students (old and present) and the public contributing their mite. To make good the 40- lakh deficit, O.C. Yohannan Ramban (Manager) and Prof. Titus Varkey went on a collection campaign to the Middle East from where an amount of Rs. 15 lakhs was raked up.
Prof. M.C. Joseph had been principal since June 1, 1999 leading a band of 40 teachers and 38 members on the non teaching staff. More than 400 students now study in Degree course and PG Courses. Self-financing courses like BBA too are run here. The construction of the auditorium in the name of Prof. Titus Varkey who served as Principal of the College for about 18 years is over. Now Prof. Jacob Kurian Onattu serves at the Principal. The college with the benign but unseen influence of Pampady Thirumeni always around, will surely continue to make its mark even in the new millennium.
Prof. Jacob Kurian Onattu (Principal)
Website of the college: http://www.pampadycollege.com/