CHINMAYA COLLEGE OF ARTS, COMMERCE & SCIENCE

Chinmaya College of Arts, Commerce and Science is a premier institute of higher education affiliated to MG University, Kottayam, Kerala. Located in Ernakulam, the institution is known for its excellent record in academics and co-curricular activities. The college aims to nurture professionally competent, socially committed and spiritually enlightened youngsters, enabling them with futuristic education coupled with worthy human values. The state-of-the-art facilities and competent faculty in the institution provide an excellent environment for the all-round development of the students.
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PROFILE

Chinmaya College of Arts, Commerce and Science, was founded in 1995 inspired by the ideals of the great visionary and sage, Swami Chinmayananda. By interpreting the ancient philosophical lore of our nation in a manner intelligible to the masses, Swami Chinmayananda earned the title, Second Vivekananda. With his grand vision, he travelled the length and breadth of the country, spreading his spiritual insights and everlasting values. Guided by his vision, the Chinmaya Mission came into existence in 1953, as the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement, which now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities. Chinmaya College of Arts, Commerce and Science is run under the auspices of Chinmaya Mission, which manages more than a hundred schools and colleges across India and an international school at Coimbatore. All these institutions draw sustenance from the lofty vision espoused by Swami Chinmayananda. Over the years, Chinmaya College has evolved into an institution of quality education anchored in the ancient values of yore.

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VISION & MISSION

We, at Chinmaya College of Arts Commerce & Science, combine traditional values and advanced academic systems and methods to provide world class education in an environment most conducive to learning and personality development. Chinmaya College is under the auspices of Chinmaya Mission, the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational and charitable activities, enabling the lives of thousands in India and across the world. Presently headed by His Holiness Swami Swaroopananda, the Mission is governed by the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT) in Mumbai, India. Under Swami Swaroopananda's guidance, the Mission now has 300 centers in different parts of the world and continues to expand. Chinmaya College is managed by Chinmaya Educational and Cultural Trust (Greater Cochin). CMECT (GC) also manages other Chinmaya Vidyalayas in Greater Cochin as well as in Alappuzha and Kottayam. We strive to create a world of knowledge-rich, wise, compassionate individuals capable of making themselves as well as others happy, to belong to a revered seat of learning, culture and metaphysical exploration, to provide world-class education in Kerala, to offer the most promising courses in diverse disciplines to create a community of well-evolved individuals. Happiness, from you to the world.

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SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA

Swami Chinmayananda was born Balakrishna Menon in the aristocratic Poothampalli family in Ernakulam. As a young boy, Balakrishna had sworn off religion. to him, it was nothing but a bundle of religious superstitions practiced mechanically by the elders in his family.A good student, who could grasp his lessons effortlessly, Balakrishna breezed through school, where English was the medium of instruction and Malayalam the second language. In fifth grade,he switched to Sanskrit, studying it for the next five years. He spent his after school hours playing football and badminton. He excelled in swimming. Even as his reputation for intelligence grew, he was also becoming notorious for being a fun-loving prankster. Balakrishna enrolled at Lucknow University, from where he graduated with a master’s degree in English Literature, as well as a preliminary Law degree. While he was pursuing a full degree in law, the freedom movement grew intense, with leaders going in and out of jail and frequent student protests. Balakrishna left the university to do his share in the freedom struggle, going under cover whenever he got word that he was on the British rulers’ wanted list. In 1947, Balakrishna left for Rishikesh to write an expose for the National Herald, which at the time was one of India’s leading newspapers, on the “sham” practiced by the swamis in the Himalayan regions. Balakrishna never got to do that. Instead of gathering incriminating evidence on the holy men as he had set out to do, the self – styled agnostic unwittingly let himself be taken in hand by Swami Sivananda, whose godliness and love overwhelmed him and stirred up dormant spiritual feelings deep within him. On February 25, 1949, along with five other students, Balakrishna was initiated into Sannyasa. Swami Sivananda gave him the name ‘Chinmayananda Saraswati ’. A sanskrit word, Chinmayananda translates to English as “filled with the bliss of pure consciousness”. Seven years later, brimming with Vedantic knowledge, and his heart overflowing with love for his countrymen, Swami Chinmayananda was ready to execute what he called “the Gangotri Plan”, a spiritual initiative to spread the message of Vedanta to the masses. In the 42 years of his service to humanity, Gurudev left his footprints in a variety of projects he initiated which his disciples continue to build on under the banner of the Chinmaya Mission. His vast spiritual legacy includes about a dozen Sandeepany Institutes worldwide, 72 Chinmaya Vidyalayas, 6 colleges, an international residential school for children of non-resident Indians, over 30 temples in India and abroad, numerous Bala Vihars for the younger children and Yuva Kendras for teenagers, a hospital, primary health care facilities, vocational training centers, an orphanage, and senior citizens homes. Chinmaya College bows to his supreme intellect and upholds his teachings as our guiding light into the world of knowledge, wisdom and happiness.

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OUR FOUNDERS

THE FOUNDING VISIONARY Janaki N. Menon, one of Swami Chinmayananda's earliest disciples, is the founder of Chinmaya College. She was particularly inspired by Gurudev's vision to establish institutions in Cochin that would impart value based education, and took the initiative to start a college in the old school building which would later grow into a world class centre for learning. The young lady was enthused by the sublime message hidden in Vedanta and the causes espoused by Swamiji that spurred her on to action. So in 1954 when Gurudev came to Cochin, Janaki Menon assisted by her sister Meena Haridas set up Balvihars, which eventually grew to be what are now Chinmaya Vidyalaya and Chinmaya College., both institutions of excellence. Built up brick by brick through years of untiring work, these institutions have today become brand ambassadors of the Chinmaya Mission in Kochi city. A karmayogi in letter and spirit, she left this world in 2002 after accomplishing what she considered her duty to the people and community. Another name that is inseparable from the annals of Chinmaya College is that of Kamakshi Balakrishnan. The persistent founder director, a renowned educationist of more than half a century of teaching experience in her wake, Kamakshi Balakrishnan is the synonym of Chinmaya institutions in Kochi City. It was her dream and desire to form an illustrious community comprising students drawn from different backgrounds who all have a common goal of excellence and achievement that have made the Chinmaya College what it is today. She emphasised the students' promise of their contribution to the institution by way of some special attainment, academic achievement or non-academic performance. Her concern for the welfare of students, ways of imposing discipline and character are phenomenal. Generations of students remember her in their daily prayers for making them what they are today. Kamakshi Balakrishnan, with western education and eastern roots, with a lustrous personality and humanism is a luminary in the field of academics, a powerful character whom time and age cannot defeat.

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THE GOVERNING COUNCIL

Chinmaya institutions occupy one of the illustrious position in the field of education and academics in the country and are keen to offer quality and value based education to prepare the students for rewarding careers and positions of leadership in our country. GOVERNING COUNCIL CMECT-Greater Cochin Chinmaya College of Arts, Commerce and Science is governed by a committee called Chinmaya Mission Educational Committee Trust-Greater Cochin (CMECT-GC). It is headed by Poojya Swaroopananda, Supreme Head, Chinmaya Mission. CMECT-GC is presently headed by Sri. A. Gopalakrishnan, Chief Sevak. The Board of Trust has presently 14 members. The advisory committee of the Trust has four members Sri A Gopalkrishnan (Chief Sevak), Sri V N Venugopal (Trustee member), Sri. M K Kuttappan Menon (Trustee member/Treasurer) and Sri. Venugopal C Govind.(Trustee member).