The educational institutions that flourished in and around Pala had a great socio-economic and cultural impact in the region. Establishment of these schools and colleges are the result of a great vision. One can find products of these institutions in every nook and corner of the world. Pala was lauded the most literate place in the whole of the country, even before Kerala attained total literacy. The sole credit for such an achievement goes to the activities of the missionaries. Pala is prided by the St. Thomas school, which was established in 1896 and the two colleges, St. Thomas and Alphonsa. A recent survey conducted by the Central Government shows that Meenachil Taluk has the maximum number of educated women in the country. Palaites could be found anywhere on the globe. Pala provides nurses everywhere in the world. There wouldn't be a place where one cannot find an Indian, particularly a Keralite nurse. They are in great demand everywhere.

Colleges :

St.Thomas college, Pala

Started in 1951 at Arunapuram. St. Thomas College was a great dream come true. It is one of the most prestigious college of Mahatma Gandhi University. St. Thomas has a long history of academic, cultural and sports activities. St. Thomas College is the only college with swimming pool in the whole of Mahatma Gandhi University.
Athletes like Jimmy George and Thomas Chavara were product of the college.
No. Of students : about 3000 , No. Of teachers : about 200

St. Thomas Training College

Established in 1934, the training college is one of the best of its kind in the state. About 200 students are trained for B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education). It has made a mark in academic and extracurricular activities. Olympian Shiney Wilson is a proud product of this college.

Alphonsa College, Pala

Alphonsa College, which is one of the most outstanding women's college in the state was established in 1964. There are about 2500 students and 95 teachers.

St. Joseph's College of Engineering and Technology, Pala (SJCET)

St. Joseph's College of Engineering and Technology, Palai was established in 2002 by the Diocese of Palai. Its establishment was the fulfillment of a long cherished dream of providing facilities for higher technical education to the people of the diocese and surrounding regions. The main objective is to develop a college with a distinct identity and character where education and training are imparted in a truly Christian environment conducive to fostering Christian Values such as faith in God, love for their fellow beings and devotion to the motherland. Every facility is provided in the campus to create an environment fully conducive to realizing this objective.

Discipline, hard work, positive thinking, commitment to excellence and abiding faith in the Almighty are the guiding principles that propel the college to its vision of emerging as a Centre of Excellence in technical education in the country. SJCET is one among the top 11 engineering colleges in Kerala (including 7 government and 4 private) recommended by the media for the information of the public. SJCET is managed by the Diocesan Technical Education Trust, Palai under the Diocese of Palai. It has a team of well-experienced academicians and engineering professionals in its advisory board.

College of Engineering, Kidangoor

Established during the year 2000-2001 under the Co-operative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE), which is a Kerala Government undertaking registered under Charitable Societies Act. Besides this college, CAPE is having, four other Engineering Colleges, located at Perumon, Vadakara, Thalassery and Thrikkaripur, and one Medical College at Kochi.
The College is affiliated to Cochin  Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and  All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The admissions are as per the list forwarded by the Controller of Entrance Examinations, Kerala and functioning of the college is as per the rules and regulations formulated by the Government of Kerala and CAPE.

College of engineering Poonjar

College of Engineering - Poonjar College of Engineering, Poonjar is established by the Institute of Human Resources Development(IHRD), A Government of Kerala Undertaking. IHRD is a pioneer educational organisation supported by Kerala Government, which has the magnificent track record of facilitating quality technical education in the state, especially in the fields of Electronics and Computer Science. It manages more than 40 institutions all over the state, including Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, College of Applied Sciences, Regional Centers and Technical Higher Secondary Schools.

College of Engineering, Poonjar started its functioning in the academic year 2000-2001. The College is affiliated to the prestigious Cochin University of Science and Technology(CUSAT). Currently the institution offers 4 year B.Tech Degree courses in 3 disciplines, Electronics and Communication Engineering. Computer Science and Engineering. Information Technology. Each branch has an annual intake of 60 students. The admission is purely based on the merit list in the State Common Entrance Test (CET). 10% of the seats are reserved for the NRI candidates. The college has all the required facilities including laboratories to conduct classes in all the semesters of all branches.

The college is located on the north eastern side of Kottayam district, the educational capital of Kerala. It is about 50 km away from Kottayam town and is very near to the pilgrim centre Bharananganam and the tourist spots Vagamon and Elaveezha poonchira. Poonjar is well connected to Kottayam and Pala by State Transport and private bus services. Frequent bus services are available from Poonjar to various parts of the State. The nearest Railway station - Kottayam - 50 Kms. Airport- Nedumbasserry International Airport, Kochi - 90 Kms. A group of young and dynamic teachers are working hand in hand to make the students able to face the challenging world outside the campus. They ensure that each student coming out of CEP will be self dependent and self reliable.

Higher Secondary Schools are :

Government HSS, Pala (Kerala Board)
St. Thomas HSS, Pala (Kerala Board)
St. Mary's HSS, Pala (Kerala Board)
St. Antonys's HSS, Mutholy (Kerala Board)
Alphonsa Residential School Bharanganam (ICSE)
St. Vincent HSS, Pala (ICSE)
Chavara Junior College (CBSE)
St. J.N.HSS, Kozhuvanal (Kerala Board)
Industrial Training Institute
Cherian Kappen memorial ITI


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