Govt. Victoria College in Palakkad, one of the oldest with Greek temple architecture

Govt. Victoria College in Palakkad,
Govt. Victoria College in Palakkad,

Above images; Victoria College, Palakkad. The European architectural design followed here is close to Roman-Greek temple building. The Parthenon – temple of Athena Parthenos (“Virgin”), Greek goddess of wisdom, on the Acropolis in Athens was built in the 5th century  and many early colonial buildings in India meant for public purpose used this style. The sturdy four tall Doric columns at top have plain capital and this style was prevalent in mainland Greece and south Italy. Atop is the well designed triangular-shaped pediment with little ornamentation. In Greek temples, the pediment is an important structural element of the roof that helps  visually harmonize the geometric shapes of the building,  Greek temples have low-pitched, gabled roofs. In the Victoria college buildings, there are  no elaborate decorations in the pediment and the cornice  at the  edge at top is not ornamented and it is quite useful in preventing wetness on the wall below while raining. it prevents cracking in the roof. The verandah in some buildings will keep the inner rooms cool by cutting down glare and radiation. The first floor slanting roofing in some places is tiled.

Govt. Victoria College in Palakkad,

clock tower, Govt. Victoria College in Palakkad

 clock tower, Govt. Victoria College in

Govt. Victoria College in Palakkad,

  Arched entrance Govt.Victoria College in Palakkad,

Still a symbol of this part of Kerala's heritage in the area of education, the Government Victoria College in Palakkad, the oldest institution of this region was first founded in 1866 as a school initially. Tagged Rate School because its finance was dependent on the  educational 'rate'  levied by local Government, the school  went through tough time and finally in 1877 it became a Government High School.

ln  1884, the school  was handed over by the Government to the management of the school and  1888, it was elevated to the status of a Second Grade College, affiliated to the University of Madras under the management of Municipal Council,  The Municipal Council that ran  the institution on the salary-grant-system till 1905 and in the same year the Government declared the college to be self-supporting. It meant it discontinued the salary grant.

Presently  affiliated to the Calicut University, the college offers both UG and PG courses in in science, arts and commerce subjects. Now, it has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the Government of Kerala.In 1857 after the formation of linguistic states, the college was affiliated to the Univ. of Kerala.

During the governance of Madras presidency headed by  Sri P.S. Kumaraswami Raja, Chief Minister, Govt. of Madras, the college was  declared open by him on 12th February 195. Its foundation was laid on March 3, 1949 (two years after India's independence) by
the Governor of Madras Sir Krishna Kumar Sinhji Bhavasinji, Maharajah of Bhavanagar,

The centenary celebration of the collage based on the date of formation of Rate college was held in  Feb.1968 and again in 1989 - this time based on the date of its elevation to college.  The 134 year old college of repute has a list of well-known alumni - former Election commissioner late T.N. Sheshan, Former CM of Kerala EMS Namboodiripad, metroman Sreedharan are among them.