Sree Sankara College, Kalady was founded in the year 1954 by Swami Agamananda, a social reformer and a foresighted scholar of Sri Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram. The institution was established with a view to perpetuating the memory and doctrines of the great saint and philosopher, Adi Sankaracharya and to nurture his birth place as a cultural citadel. The foundation stone was laid on 28 August, 1953 by His Highness The Maharaja of Travancore in the presence of The Maharaja of Cochin and several other distinguished personalities. The Sree Sankara College Association was formed in July 1954.
The vision & mission of the organization was to establish a Centre of Higher Learning with two major objectives —dissemination of knowledge in tune with a university curriculum and fostering community development.
The institution was raised to the status of a First Grade College in 1956. It is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University and is included under sec.2 (f) and 12 (B) of the UGC act, 1956.
In June 1960, the patronage of the college became vested in His Holiness The Jagadguru Sri Sri Sankaracharya Swamigal of Dakshinamnaya. Currently, Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamigal, of Sringeri Mutt, steers the administration through a Board of Directors with Sri. K. Anand as the Managing Director.
The college has done consistently well in Curricular and Cocurricular activities. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ), a statutory body of the UGC has accredited the college B Grade with 2.82 CGPA on a four point scale. The Departments of Economics, Commerce, Sanskrit and Microbiology are approved Research Centres under the Mahatma Gandhi University.
The Adi Sankara Trust under the patronage of Sringeri Jgadguru expanded the educational activities by starting
Sree Sarada Vidyalaya (CBSE Higher Secondary School) in the year 1993,
Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology in the year 2000,
Adi Shankara Training College in 2005,
and PNNM Ayurveda College, Shoranur in 2007
|Sreesarada Vidyalaya||Adi Sankara Training College||Adi Sankara College of Science & Technology||PNNM Ayurveda College, Shoranur|
Kalady occupies a prominent place in the world map owing to the Sree Rama Krishna Advaita Ashram, the educational institutions, and the orphanages that were established by Sree Agamanada Swamikal. His untiring oratory, his emphatic articles and social commitment paved the way for a platform for the Ritual of Karma, where one could sow the seeds for a cultural and moral environment, and thus was born Sree Sankara College.
acharayaMore than a saint who founded the Sree Rama Krishna Advaita Ashram, a scholar, and a true follower of Sree Narayana Guru, he was a yogi, who tried hard to realize the developmental dreams of Kalady by inviting the attention of the civic authorities and the community at large. Most of the modern symbols of pride of Kalady – be it the Sree Sankara group of educational institutions, Sree Sankara Bridge across the river Purna [Periyar], or the spiritual renaissance promoted by the ashram in the State – are deeply indebted to the promoter Agamananda Swamigal, the great seer of recent times.
His prominent works include Brahmanandeeyam, Sree Sankaracharyar, Narayana Guru, Keralathinte Bhavi, Bharatheeya Vidya Bhashyam etc. His lectures, delivered all across the State during his travels to motivate the communities to attain education, have been anthologized as Veeravani. One cardinal contribution of Swamikal was the relentless struggles that he initiated for the upliftment of the Harijans and the other socially and economically backward communities.