JCC – Jayaraj Chelldurai College (JC College)
The Mary Matha College as we know of it now has never been a reality in Tamil Nadu, until the year 2009. Before that this college was existed with the name JC College. The Jayaraj Chelladurai College (JC College) was started in the year 1994 by a Philanthropist namely, Mr. Jayaraj Chelladurai as the realization of a long standing dream to cater the need of the people of the nearby villages for a college education. Mr. Jayaraj Chelladurai was the Founder Correspondent of the college until 2007.
From JCC to MMC: New Face and Name of the College
Prior to the re-naming of the college into Mary Matha college, this college was known as Jayaraj Chelladurai College, owned and managed by different administrations. The CMI congregation, under the leadership of the St. Joseph Province Kottayam purchased the college in the year 2009 and thus theoretically MMC also started in the same year. This college is owned and managed by CMI Fathers under Bodhi Niketan Trust from April 2009 and this is the 13th year under the CMI Management. CMI stands for Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, the first catholic indigenous religious congregation for men, started in 1831 by 3 men of God – Fr. Thomas Porookara, Fr. Thomas Palackal, and Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
Eventually the CMI Management initiated the process of name change from JCC to MMC. The Process of name change was completed in the academic year 2012 – 13 with the consent of the Department of Collegiate Education Chennai and the affiliating MaduraiKamaraj University. Thus JCC became MMC.
Small Beginning, Struggling Times and Steady Steps in Growth
Started with 4 courses JC College steadily progressed in the initial years. In 2001 – 02, permanent affiliation was granted to the then existing UG Courses. Another land mark in the history of the college was the introduction of Co-Education status from the academic year 2003 – 04.
In the academic year 2007 – 08 Dr. Kurian Abraham took over as the correspondent. On 28th April 2009, Fr. Issac Puchamkulam CMI assumed office of the Principal of JC College, marking the beginning of the CMI management.
God’s loving providence was evident all through these years. It was the bold and visionary step of Fr. Sebastian Elanjickal CMI, the then CMI Provincial of St. Joseph Province Kottayam as the Managing Trustee of Bodhi Niketan Trust and the generosity of all the Trustees that resulted in acquiring JC College by the CMI Fathers.
Under the able leadership and management of the CMI Fathers, MMC has been marching towards excellence, caring for the holistic and integral development of students with a harmonious blend of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with the motto, “Committed to Excellence”.
At present MMC has around 2000 students and 100 staff members. The college has 18 UG Programmes, 3 PG Programmes, 2 M. Phil Programmes and one Diploma programmes at her stock. MMC has recently secured an MOU for exchange programme with St. Thomas University, Minnesota, USA.