founder members of the College, the late Sri. K. C. Chacko,
the late Sri. A. M. Varki, the late Sri. C. P. Mathew and
the late Sri. V. M. Ittyerah had as their ambition the instituting
of a Christian College whose distinctive features were to
1. Inter-denominational basis of administration
2. Residential system of life
3. Fellowship method of life
4. Cosmopolitan team (Christians and non-Christian, Indians
and non-Indians) of staff
These still remain the chief features of the College even
though by force of circumstances the college which at first
was entirely residential has now on its rolls a larger number
of day scholars than residents. The principle of cooperation
in teaching, study and life is still a guiding factor in our
work here. There should be a conscious attempt on the part
of students and staff-teaching and non-teaching-to realize
this in our academic life.
The Union Christian College aims at the wholesome education
of the young to bring out the best in each individual. It
strives to produce intellectually competent, morally upright,
spiritually inspired and patriotic men and women in the service
of the country.
The college commits itself to the promotion of justice and
peace, respect and preservation for the integrity of creation,
fostering of wholesome and simple life styles, combating the
ill effects of corruption, powerlessness of the marginalized,
violence and criminalization. Empowering the powerless particularly
the tribals, dalits, women and other vulnerable sections of
society will be a significant part of this activity. It seeks
to nurture transparency and probity in private and public
life and to promote national integration.
THE COLLEGE MOTTO
TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE”
was only in 1939 that the College adopted its present emblem.
The symbolisation calls on the seekers after knowledge and
truth to hold the torch, read the book and reap the harvest.
The College motto is drawn from a statement made by Jesus
to the Jews: “You will know the truth and the truth
will make you free”. That the way to ultimate freedom
is through ultimate truth was known to the great thinkers
and sages of the world.
The Rigveda proclaims that ‘Truth is the support of
the earth’. Buddha exhorts : ‘Hold to the truth
within yourselves as to the only lamp’. The Quran declares
that ‘God is truth’. To Gandhiji, the father of
the nation, the whole of life was the pursuit of or experiments
with truth. His life demonstrated to the world, although in
a limited field, that the way of truth leads to freedom.
Francis Bacon starts his essay on ‘Truth’ with
the statement “What is truth?’ said Jesting Pilate
and would not stay for an answer”. Those who, like Pilate,
are cynical in their attitude to truth can never attain the
true freedom that is the reward of the earnest seekers after
Traditionally the True has been linked with the Good and the
beautiful as one of man’s supreme values. The pursuit
of truth is in practice indistinguishable from the pursuit
of knowledge. True knowledge sought in a spirit of enquiry
should mature into wisdom and reverence.
The College is a community of teachers and students bound
together in partnership in the pursuit of truth, and those
who assist them in this pursuit.