Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sree Neelakanta Govt. Sanskrit College

The history of the college goes back to the last decade of the 19th century, a time of political, social-cultural and educational renaissance throughout the land. Sree Neelakanta Sharma contributed to the reform in Sanskrit education. He started a Sanskrit school called "Sarasvatodyothini" in 1889 at Perumudiyoor, an underdeveloped village near Pattambi. He offered Sanskrit education to disciples drawn from almost all castes and religions.

The University of Madras granted affiliation in 1911, and the humble Sanskrit school became "Central Sanskrit College, Permudiyoor, South Malabar". In 1931 it was also approved as a research center. Kuttikrishna Marar, C. Sankunni Nair, Kallanmarthodi Ravunni Menon, P. Kunniraman Nair, K.S. Ezhuthachan, M.P. Sankunni Nair, and K.P. Narayana Pisharodi were among the students of Punnasseri Kalari. The tradition of molding prominent social-cultural figures still persists in personalities such as Desamangalam Ramakrishnan, D. Vinaya Chandran, Attoor Ravi Varma, M.S. Kumar, Nharalathu Harigovindan and N.M. Unnikrishnan, Dileep Vydhyamadham and Ravi Thekkedath.

The college was renamed "Sree Neelakanta Central Sanskrit College, Pattambi, Perumudiyoor" in July 1943 by the Madras University in memory of its founder. The Malabar District Board took over management in 1957. It was affiliated with Kerala University in 1958 as "Sree Neelakanta Government Sanskrit College, Pattambi". The college is presently affiliated with the Calicut University.

The land the college sits was donated by A.S.K. Rama Iyer, President of College Welfare Committee, E.P. Gopalan, Ex. MLA, M.P. Udaya Varman, K.S. Raman, and P.K.Kumaran Vaidyar. The members of the committee were interested in infrastructural development, as well as introduction of new courses in the college curriculum.

Initially, the new college offered graduate degrees in Sanskrit, Malayalam and economics. The last time a course was added to the curriculum was during the 1999-2000 year when a graduation program in BBA was introduced. The college offers nine degree courses, six post-graduate courses and two doctoral degrees in Sanskrit and Malayalam.

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