Sprawling over 26 acres of land and situated in the cultural capital of a state lauded for its rich heritage, Vimala College, Thrissur was set up as a citadel of education, enlightenment and progress of young women in 1967. Undying enthusiasm, visionary diligence and a passion to bring out change, defined, moulded and transformed the dream of the CMC Management into what the College has become today. In her 53rd year of inception, Vimala stands high with her flag unfurled to glory and true to the ideals of her founders whose vision is extolled in the words: Our aim is the pursuit of intellectual and professional excellence for the total transformation of the human person for his/ her own enrichment and for the service of the society and the nation in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Bifurcated from St. Mary’s College and affiliated to the University of Calicut, Vimala offers 19 Undergraduate and 15 Post Graduate programmes along with other certificate and short term courses and is a Centre for Research in English, Physics, Commerce, Social work, Economics and Malayalam.
Managed by Nirmala Province, Thrissur of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC), the College is under the religious jurisdiction of the Catholic Archbishop of Thrissur. With an enrolment of 2667 students, faculty strength of 149 members and an administrative team of 36 staff, the College is engaged in bringing into fruition the dream that shaped the legacy bequeathed to her by the founders. All efforts are made to sustain and enhance quality through the synchronisation of innovative measures and traditional values. With remarkable strides in curricular, co-curricular and extra- curricular spheres, the College has defined a concrete position for herself in the educational map of the state and envisions a journey of greater achievements in the future. The infrastructure and educational resources have been consistently expanded to meet the growing academic requirements. Technology enhanced teaching-learning experience and work culture have propelled the productivity forward and raised the merit of the institution.
The College in high stead the vision and mission that forms the foundation of its very existence and accordingly engages in uncompromising and dedicated service to the field of education. Accredited at the national level with a Five Star status in 2001 by the NAAC, the institution has undergone two subsequent cycles of re-accreditation in 2008 and 2014 and presently holds the top grade A with a CGPA of 3.50 on a 4 point scale. The University Grants Commission (UGC) conferred autonomy in 2015 and identified her as a College with Potential for Excellence in 2016. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India awarded the College the 52nd and 77th positions in the National Intuition Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the years 2017 and 2018 respectively. The college was in 100-150 band of NIRF Rankings 2019 and got 99th position in NIRF 2020 Rankings. Vimala College is a mentor college in NAAC Paramarsh Scheme from 2018. Vimala College has a full fledged DST -FIST funded laboratory and presently 6 science departments of college is supported under DBT-STAR college Scheme.
In 2018 UGC approved two B.Voc programmes - Web Technology and Food processing, and community college offering three courses Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design (DIAD), Diploma in Digital Video Production and Diploma in Tourism Management and Hospitality.