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 One P.G. Diploma Programmes. Eight of the Postgraduate Departments are approved research centres as well.
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.