About us

About CMI




Bharathamatha College of Arts and Science (BMC) is an endeavour of the Preshitha Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) – the first-ever indigenous religious congregation for men in India. The CMI congregation, canonically established in 1855, played a major role in revolutionizing the education scene in Kerala in the late 19th century. Heirs to the profound vision of the Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, one of the founding fathers of the congregation, the CMIs’ have zealously worked towards providing value-based quality education to society at large, irrespective of religious differences, down the centuries.

Today, the CMI congregation is an active presence in five continents and twenty eight nations, with more than 2500 members, engaged in spreading the word of God, working relentlessly to strengthen the sacramental life of the people, undertaking the cause of the underprivileged and downtrodden, and revolutionizing the sphere of education with seats of learning markedly different in terms of academic excellence and social commitment. The congregation has at present more than four hundred and eighty educational institutions, ranging from nursery schools to professional colleges, research centres, and a deemed university spread across the world.

The Founder of the CMI Congregation :
Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara





Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born on 10 February 1805 at Kainakary, Kerala. At the age of five he began his studies in a village school, called kalari. When he was 13, he joined the seminary at Pallipuram for his priestly training. While he was in the seminary, his parents and his eldest brother died of an epidemic. On 29 November 1829, he became a priest.

Saint Chavara was instrumental in founding two Catholic Religious Congregations - one for men, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), and the other for women, Congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC), for the spiritual renewal and all round development of the society.
St. Chavara initiated a spiritual movement among the people of Kerala. He established the first Catholic Sanskrit School, a major seminary and a printing & publishing house at Mannanam. He directed that every church should start a school attached to it and encouraged children even poorer sections to attend the schools by supplying midday meal and dress for them. He founded a ‘Home of Charity’ to take of the destitute, the beggars, the uncared sick and the old. He also organized the first voluntary charitable association in Kerala for self-help among the needy.

Even in the midst of such manifold activities, he found time to write several literary and spiritual books in prose as well as verse. Among them, ‘Anastasyayude Rakthasakshyam’ is the first narrative poem and ‘Nalagamangal’ the first chronicle of history in Malayalam. He knew seven languages - Malayalam, Tamil, Sanskrit, Syriac, Latin, Italian and Portuguese.
Essentially, however, Saint Chavara was a man of prayer and great charity. He lived for 65 years and died on 3rd January 1871. His sanctity was first recognized by the Church, when Pope John Paul II beatified him at Kottayam (India) on 08 February1986. Later, he was canonized a "saint" at Saint Peter's Square, Rome by Pope Francis, on 23 November 2014. Saint Chavara is the heavenly patron of all CMI and CMC institutions. Let us pray to him to intercede before God for all our needs, especially for success in our studies.

Today, the CMI congregation is an active presence in five continents and twenty eight nations, with more than 2500 members, engaged in spreading the word of God, working relentlessly to strengthen the sacramental life of the people, undertaking the cause of the underprivileged and downtrodden, and revolutionizing the sphere of education with seats of learning markedly different in terms of academic excellence and social commitment. The congregation has at present more than four hundred and eighty educational institutions, ranging from nursery schools to professional colleges, research centres, and a deemed university spread across the world.


Management


Principal: Fr. Paul Thekkanath CMI
Manager: Fr. Thomas Cheeran CMI


Office Assistance:


Sebastian
Rajithalal
Infant Raj

Vision



To evolve into a leading research-oriented educational institution, moulding distinguished professionals with creative minds, innovative ideas and sound practical skill, and to shape a future where integral education as a panacea for the human empowerment.

The Bharathamatha College of Arts and Science, with our motto “INSPIRE TO IGNITE” is profoundly determined to actualize our vision. We strive earnestly to attain the high apex of perfection through an ardent academic pursuit for academic excellence. Our innovative academic excellence is blended with the ‘service of the humanity’ aiming at societal transformation. Our education prepares each student to respond competently to the modern challenges and needs aptly.

Mission



To impart state-of-the-art knowledge to individuals and to inculcate in them a high degree of social consciousness and human values, thereby enabling them to face the challenges of life with courage and conviction.

Our Core Values



  • Faith in God
  • Moral uprightness
  • Love for fellow beings and nature
  • Social responsibility
  • Excellence in education
  • Empowerment
Bharathamatha College, Kozhinjampara, Palakkad
Bharathamatha College at Kozhinjampara