St. Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala was established in 1957 as one of the pioneer institutions in the field of teacher education. The Institution 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 quite uncompromising in providing the students with the best amenities. Our growth towards academic excellence is due to the commitment and concrete enterprise of our teachers and administrative staff. Many of our teachers are frequently invited for giving lectures and have served as resource persons for many academic and community oriented programmes.
The college was started to meet a precise need, ie, to train teachers for the secondary & Higher Secondary schools in our country. This idea was conceived and was made into reality by the then Bishop of the diocese of Palai, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Vayalil, the founder & first patron of our institution. From 1981 to 2004 His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr.Joseph Pallickaparampil was our patron. His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kallarangattu is our present patron. His Excellency Mar Jocob Muricken is the Present manager of the college. The college offers B.Ed., M.Ed. and Elementary Teacher Training courses.
This institution is owned and run by the Catholic Diocese of Palai, and is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
Our motto ‘LUX AD ILLUMINANDUM’ means ‘LIGHT TO ENLIGHTEN’. The students are expected to become lights to illumine the world and to dispel all sorts of darkness around us.The ‘coat of arms’ also embodies the spirit of our motto.
The coat of arms is in the shape of a shield which is divided into four quarters, each depicting the development of different aspects of the student’s personality.
The lighted lamp symbolises the moral development, the fundamental requisite of any individual- they are expected to become lights of the universe and remove the darkness around us.The spear and T- square represent our heavenly patron, St. Thomas, the disciple of Jesus Christ who came to this part of the world to spread the word of God. This also signifies the enhancement of spiritual values of our students.
The open book depicts acquisition of knowledge and wisdom and thus stands for the intellectual growth of the students. The hills, coconut palm, river etc. portray distinctive geographical characteristics of our locale. They also represent the physical development of the students. The dawn, the rising sun implies the conquest of light over darkness.
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