History

/K.N.M. Government Arts & Science College is located at Kanjiramkulam, the southernmost region in Kerala state, near the coastal area of Neyyattinkara Taluk in Thiruvananthapuram district, the capital of Kerala. In the early days of the twentieth century Southern areas of Thiruvananthapuram was a region of socially, economically and educationally backward people. Though there are schools in the neighbourhood which have more than five decades of standing the facilities for higher education were lacking and student had to go to Thiruvananthapuram for higher education.

A galaxy of selfless workers, far sighted men, social activists, social cultural and religious organizations under the banner of Kanjiramkulam Pradesika Sabha (Kanjiramkulam Regional Assembly) lead by Sri. M Kunjukrishnan Nadar, a prominent social worker and Ex. M.L.A  was is the fore front of all round development of the village.

Sri M. Kunjukrishnan Nadar realized that development of a society can be achieved only through education which was to be channelized by Panchayats. The Panchayat has 5 lower primary schools, four high schools, four pre primary schools and three continuing education centres attached to it. But the Panchayat lacks facilities for higher education. Students have to go to Thiruvananthapuram, which is 30 Km. away form Kanjiramkulam for their higher studies.

The long cherished dream of Shri. Kunjukrishnan Nadar and the aspiration of the people of Kanjiramkulam and other areas were fulfilled when the Government of Kerala sanctioned the start of Government College at Kanjiramkulam. The achievement was the outcome of the sponsoring committee chaired by Shri M R Reghu Chandra Bal, the then president of Kanjiramkulam Panchayat.

Necessary affiliation was granted by the University of Kerala to start a junior college with two batches of pre-degree having strength of 80 students each for the Humanities and Commerce groups.

The college was formally inaugurated on 27th October 1982 by Shri K Karunakaran, the honourable Chief Minister of Kerala. Dr. P M Madhu Soodanan assumed charge of the principal of the college on 2nd November 1982. The college was affiliated to the University of Kerala. The college was named as KUNJUKRISHNAN NADAR MEMORIAL GOVERNEMENT ARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGE KANJIRAMKULAM as per G O (M.S) No 79/83/ H.Edn. Dated 18th April 1983.

The first graduate course was started in the year 1992 with Economics as main subject. In 1995 B.A. in Sociology was sanctioned. K.N.M. Government College is the only Government College, which offers this course. In 1997 the college was shifted to the present “H” shaped building. In the 1998 - 2000 periods, Pre Degree batches were de-linked from the college and two new graduate courses were started (BSc Mathematics and B Com). In 1999 this college was affiliated to the UGC and the college got 12 (B) and 2(f) status. In 2004 BA in Communicative English, the one and only course of its kind in the Government sector was started. Now the college has five graduate courses. Along with aided courses the college also has three self financing certificate courses and three add on courses.

At present 571 students with 239 boys and 332 girls are studying in the college. Also there are 28 dedicated teachers and 18 non-teaching staff. The college has a well functioning PTA, Old Students Association, N S S, Women Study Unit, Continuing Education Unit and other developmental organizations. Now the college is equipped with an air-conditioned seminar hall, a language lab with Asianet TV channel connectivity, a studio with editing facilities, a LAN centre offering computer training programmes and a Physics laboratory, which a graduate college in government sector hardly possesses.

Today KNM Government Arts and Science College shines as the only one treasure house of knowledge in the Government sector in Neyyattinkara Taluk.