Sree Narayana College, Kollam is one of the earliest and the greatest centres of higher education in the whole state of Kerala. Affiliated to the University of Kerala, the College is managed by the Sree Narayana Trusts, Kollam. Bearing in letter and spirit the name of Sree Narayana Guru (1854-1928), the great saint-philosopher, social reformer and mystic poet, the college was started in 1948 by S.N.D.P. Yogam and its able and inspiring leader R. Sankar (1909-1972) with 505 students at the Intermediate level. Next year it was upgraded to a Degree college and in 1957 it attained membership in the prestigious club of Postgraduate colleges.
The college offers 17 undergraduate, 14 postgraduate and 01 P.G. Diploma Programmes. 09 Postgraduate Departments are approved asresearch centres under University of Kerala.
The institution further provides facilities (both infrastructure and faculty) for conducting contact classes of the correspondence courses under the University of Kerala and counselling of IGNOU study programmes coordinated by the IGNOU Study Centre. Since its inception in 1948, Sree Narayana College, Kollam has not only spearheaded the uplift of the socially and educationally backward sections of our society but has also created a glorious history of outstanding academic activities, thus making itself the leader of the institutions of higher education in the State.
Upholding the great vision and ideals of Sree Narayana Guru, the renowned renaissance path breaker of Kerala, the college was established in 1948 with the steering guidance of Sri. R Sankar an inspiring leader of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP). The establishment of the college is a hall mark in the history of educational annals of Kerala for it stood for the educational aspirations and hopes of marginal sections in Kerala, who would have otherwise being excluded in the stampede to rise up the ladders of Kerala society. Being recognised as one of the earliest colleges in Kerala and with a path breaking ideology to bring educational vision to the downtrodder.The college for ever had been seen as a symbol of liberal thoughts and ground breaking ideas. With is location adjacent to the trading town of Kollam and its connectivity with road and rail transit points make it a favourite choice among the student community.
The extensive college campus housed in 10 acres sprawling buildings boasting modernist architecture and a wide variety of course ranging upto 17under graduate and 14 post graduate courses make it a conflex, perfect for young minds to grow. Upholding the ideals of Sree Narayana Guru ‘One Cast, One Religion, One god for Man’, the college stands for liberalist and humanitarian source propelled by these visionary ideals, the management forever been keen in replenishing and reinstating this revolutionary fervour. Keeping the lamp of such steadfast thoughts had helped the college to mentor its students and no wonder it produced illustrious poets and social engineers who punctuate the history of Kerala.
The vibrant atmosphere of the campus brought forth by an equally enthusiastic student community and faculty aids the college in numerous avenues of outreach of society. Innovative workshops and seminars bringing in adequate societal participation and as well as initiative undertook by NSS for social seaffolding required for needy students and individual outside had brought accolades to the institution.