+91 4822 216537
Pala, Kerala

History and Profile

St. Thomas College of Teacher Education Pala (STCTE), established in 1957, has to accredit almost seven decades of esteemed ceremony and saga in the field of Teacher Education, promulgating many aspiring teachers to enlighten the young minds. The college is situated in the semi-urban area at Pala in Kerala, catering to the needs of teacher trainees from diverse parts of the State.

The college is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Palai. It is managed by St. Thomas College of Teacher Education Pala Education Trust and is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam. Our college provides students with immense opportunities which enable them to strengthen their ethics, values and personality. This attribute is analogous with ‘fearlessness and truthfulness’, the qualities of St. Thomas, our Patron Saint.

St.Thomas – The Apostle

The college encompasses its dignity and legacy by nurturing the society with ‘perfectly trained- professional teachers’. This idea was conceived and systematized by the then Bishop of the Diocese of Palai, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Vayalil, the founder and first patron of our institution.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Vayalil

This eminence was later escalated by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Pallikaparambil, who was the patron from 1981-2004.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Pallikaparambil

The illustrious extravaganza of our college was later heightened by the present patron, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kallarangatt (Bishop, Eparchy of Palai) from 2004, adhering to the needs of the society by fostering the potentialities of teacher trainees.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kallarangatt

Msgr. Dr. Joseph Thadathil (Proto-Syncellus) is the manager of our college. He has been guiding the teachers and students to maximise their professional orientations, moralistic temperament and empathetic concerns.

Msgr. Dr. Joseph Thadathil

The college holds a great significance in the milieu of ‘Teacher Education’ due to the enduring support of the glorious line of academic administrators who incorporated intellect with astuteness: Late. Prof. A.O. Joseph (1957 – 1961), Late. Rev. Fr. Joseph, Thannippara (1961 – 1967), Late. Rev. Fr. N. A. Thomas, Nangachiveettil (1967 – 1970), Late. Rev. Dr. Joseph Nadayath (1970 – 1980), Rev. Sr. K.A.Rosakutty (1980 – 1991), Rev. Fr. Alex Kozhikott (1991 – 1994), Late. Prof. Austin Michael (1994 – 1996), Prof. Chandy Zacharias (1996 – 1999), Prof. N. J. Joseph (1999 – 2004), Rev. Dr. Sr. P. T. Mary (2004 -2009), Prof. Jose P. Mattam (2009 – 2015), Dr. Sr. Celene Joseph (2015 – 2020), Dr. Sr. Beenamma Mathew (2020 April- Nov.), Dr. T.C. Thankachan (2020 Dec.- 2022 May). Dr. Sr. Beenamma Mathew was appointed as the Principal from June 2022 and the college is striding to magnificence under her zestful and progressive leadership.

Dr. Sr. Beenamma Mathew

The college was accredited with 4-star level by NAAC in 2000. It is the first Teacher Education Institution to be reaccredited with A+ grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council 2007) with an institutional score of 92 in the State of Kerala. The institution was conferred minority status by National Commission for Minority Educational Institution 2010. Our college is recognised by UGC, 2(f) 12(B), NCTE (1997). Our college is quite uncompromising in providing the students with the best amenities and offers programmes: B. Ed., M.Ed., D. El. Ed., and Ph.D. in Education. The college being a Research Centre in Education under Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, instigates a research-oriented atmosphere among its faculty and students.

St. Thomas College of Teacher education Pala is the arena of scholarly professors and teachers. Along with this, the college has also moulded entrepreneurs, public/private employees, officers at various sections at M. G. University Kottayam and officers in the Indian Services.

The college proceeds to academic excellence as a result of the dedication and functional expertise of our teachers and administrative staff. All the teachers at STCTE holds Ph.D., and they are frequently being invited as resource persons in academic and socially-committed programmes. The scholastic and co-scholastic achievements of the students are also excellent. Skill-based training and efficient internship offers quality to students and this in turn makes them employable.

The college extends its plentiful resources and services to ascertain harmonious development of all those who are associated with it. Thus, our college is the epitome of ‘quality knowledge’ and ‘progressive development’, ensured through cordial cultural exchanges.


ST. Thomas College

of Teacher Education
Pala, Kerala.
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