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In 1834 a new school (based on the model of (CMC) was started at Trivandrum by Mr. Roberts, an English educationist of (LMS) at the invitation of Travancore Maharaja who was much impressed when he visited the Scott College in Nagarcoil earlier. This school became a University college. The Rev. Benjamin Bailey became the Principal of what was then known as CMC. He was a maveric and a legendary figure in education and he took the honor of publishing Malayalam to English and English to Malayalam dictionaries which were quite helpful to the students and people. In 1864 a the college ran a magazine in Malayalam with encouragement from the then principal Richard Collins in whose name a library is functioning there. By the bye, room no 52, it is believed, is the oldest one in the complex. The college got affiliated to Madras university later.
It is quite interesting to note the college gave free and quality education to all its students until 1855, when the fee of one Rupee per month per student was collected. In 1855 the college prepared the students for the Matriculation exam. In 1870 the student strength was barely 129. Classes were started in 1890 for the FA exam - 2 year program and the first batch appeared for the FA exam in 1892. It was only after 1938 girls were allowed to study in the college. Actually way back in 1913 the college took girls, for unknown reasons, admission to girls was suspended five yeas later.
C.A.Thomas was the first Indian to hold the position of the principal of this venerated institution. Since then, the growth of this historical institution has been phenomenal. What started out as a small institution by the Church Missionary Society of England in 1917, has now become one of leading institutions in Kerala with five star status from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since 1999.