Vimala College Thrissur, a first grade women’s College under the CMC Management is affiliated to the University of Calicut. It was established in 1967 following bifurcation from St Mary’s College, Thrissur. It is a Christian College under the Management of the Nirmala Province, Thrissur, of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC) in the Roman Catholic Church. The College is under the religious jurisdiction of the Catholic Archbishop of Thrissur. True to the ideals and heritage handed over to the Congregation by her founder, Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias, the College aims at the “pursuit of intellectual and professional excellence, the total formation of the girls as much for their own enrichment as for the service of society and the nation in the spirit of Christ” (CMC Constitution No. 85).
Ever since its inception, the College has been in the forefront of higher education in the State. The College submitted itself to the First Accreditation in the year 2000 and was bestowed with Five Star status in 2001. The suggestions of the first NAAC committee provided the orientation, direction and impetus for quality sustenance and enhancement. An important initiative following the first accreditation was the constitution of the IQAC. The College opted for the 2nd cycle of Accreditation in the year 2008, and was subsequently reaccredited with the highest grade of A with a CGPA of 3.3. The suggestions of the second committee report provided the direction for the sustenance of excellence through the introduction of new programmes, integration of technology in the teaching learning process, inculcation of research culture, and initiatives that culminated in the enhancement of quality.
The College offers 14 Undergraduate and 10 Postgraduate courses, and is a Centre for Research in English, Commerce and Physics. Realizing the advantages of value addition courses, the College has in the last five years offered several Add on and enrichment courses. Currently there are five UGC aided career oriented Add on and 15 other certificate courses offered by the College. The objective is to ensure that each outgoing student will have completed at least one certificate course along with the regular programme. This multi-faculty Institution has an enrolment of 2246 students, 118 faculty members and 36 non teaching staff. Dr Sr Lissy John Irimpan is the Principal of the Institution.