Fatima Mata National College


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Coordinates: 8°53′09″N 76°36′07″E / 8.885941°N 76.601958°E / 8.885941; 76.601958

Fatima Mata National College
MottoPer Matrem Pro Patria
PrincipalDr Jojo P.J.
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Fatima Mata National College is a college in the Indian state of Kerala, named after Our Lady of Fatima, a Catholic title of Virgin Mary as seen in apparition at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. College ranked 100 in All India Ranking by National Institutional Ranking Framework during 2019.[1]


College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Colleges) (2019)[1]83

Fatima Mata National College was founded by Jerome M. Fernandez, then Catholic bishop of Quilon, with a view to expand the facilities for higher education in the diocese. It was formally inaugurated on 29 December 1952 by Norman Thomas Cardinal Gilroy, the Papal Legate to the first Plenary Council of India. In 1953 it became a first grade college with the introduction of degree courses in Economics, Commerce and Zoology. Construction of the auditorium and the eastern wing and the introduction of degree course in Botany, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics followed in quick succession.

It was conferred autonomous status in 2014, thus becoming one of the first autonomous colleges in Kerala.[2]


The Fatima motto is per matrem pro patria (through the mother to the fatherland).


The college was founded in 1951 by Jerome M. Fernandez Thuppasseril, the first native Bishop of Quilon. The college was formally inaugurated on 29 December 1952 by Norman Thomas Cardinal Gilory, Papal Legate to India.

Fatima was elevated to the status of a first grade college with the introduction of degree courses in Commerce, Economics and Zoology. This was followed by the introduction of courses in Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Physical resources were added in the form of hostels, sports pavilion, chemistry block, auditorium, playgrounds, an NCC office, hockey stadium, language lab, basketball courts, a botany garden, computer labs and research centres.

In Popular Culture

Fatima Mata National College was the major backdrop for the Multi-starred Action Movie Masterpiece film directed by Ajai Vasudev and written by Uday Krishna. It stars Mammootty, Mukesh, Unni Mukundan, Lena, Gokul Suresh, Kalabhavan Shajon, Saju Navodaya, Renji Panicker, Santhosh Pandit, Manikkuttan, Maqbool Salmaan and many more. Over 80 percent of the film was shot in the campus of Fatima Mata College ( Travancore Maharaja College in the movie) and adjescent Campus Hostel and Auditorium of FMNC's Sister Institution Bishop Jerome Engineering College.


  • Msgr. Joseph Kureethadom, 1951–1952
  • Fr. Mathew Kottiath, 1952–1960, 1965–1969
  • Fr. C. M. George, 1960–1965
  • Msgr. A. J. Rozario, 1969–1984
  • Rev. Richard P. Fernandez, 1984–1988
  • Fr. (now Bishop) Stanley Roman, 1988–1996
  • Prof. K. Napoleon, 1996–1997
  • Dr. G. Henry, 1997–2004
  • Prof. C. K. Felix, 2004–2006
  • Dr. Sr. Soosamma Kavumpurath, 2006–2015
  • Dr. Vincent B. Netto, 2015–2021
  • Dr Jojo P.J., 2021-


  • Msgr. Victor Fernandez, 1951–952
  • Msgr. Bernard D'cruz, 1952–1965
  • Msgr. Peter Thekkevilayil, 1965–1974
  • Fr. Alphonse Thundil, 1976–1984
  • Msgr. A. J. Rozario, 1984–2006
  • Fr. Anil Jose, 2006–present


  • 1961 Start of postgraduate courses in Botany and Commerce, followed by courses in Physics, Zoology, Economics, English, Psychology, Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry, Travel and Tourism Management, Malayalam, Mathematics.
  • 1966-1967 Open-access library and auditorium opened.
  • 1980 St. Joseph’s Guidance and Counselling Centre opened.
  • 1984 Centre for Research and Post Graduate Studies opened.
  • 1997–1998 Computer labs opened in the Departments of Mathematics and Commerce.
  • 1998 Upgrade of the Department of Zoology to a Research Centre, followed by the Department of Commerce the following year.
  • 1999 Language Laboratory for English and hockey stadium opened.
  • 2000 Golden Jubilee celebrations.
  • 2001 Accreditation by NAAC at Four Star level.
  • 2001–2002 The Institute of Distance Education degree courses started.
  • 2005–2006 The Departments of Economics and English were elevated to Research Centres.
  • 2007 NAAC Reaccreditation (B++).

Notable alumni

Notable alumni include:

See also


  1. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Colleges)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 2019.
  2. ^ (PDF). 25 September 2017 https://web.archive.org/web/20170925161355/https://www.ugc.ac.in/oldpdf/colleges/autonomous_colleges-list.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links

  • Official website