The Govt. College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram is a prestigious institution that has to its credit a history of more than 100 years of excellence in the field of women education and is a pioneering institution in the field of higher education. The Govt. College for Women is the sixth oldest college in Kerala and one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country. It was started as the Sircar Girl’s School, in 1864 by the Royal family of Travancore .In 1897 the Sircar Girl’s School was upgraded as a Second grade college and re-designated as The Maharaja’s College for Girls and affiliated to the Madras University. In 1920, it was elevated to the status of a First grade college and was renamed as H.H. The Maharaja’s College for Women. Today the College has 22 teaching departments that conduct 16 U.G. courses and 17 P.G. courses. Nine of the departments are identified as research centres by the University of Kerala.
The college was established with a clear mission to provide women with a modern, liberal education and thus to transform society and the nation. While the Women’s college is still committed to the ideas of liberal education, it recognizes the fact that times have been changed that it must adapt and evolve to keep up with the rapidly changing world. The college addresses the needs of the society through providing quality non-formal education too. A dynamic Continuing Education Sub-Centre conducts many courses, all of them are job oriented.
In academic and co-curricular activities, the College has been a model institution. Its achievements, of turning out thousands of capable and motivated women who have enriched homes and organizations, have helped to transform Kerala into an internationally emulated model. Since its establishment in 1897, the College has succeeded in producing an endless array of illustrious, motivated and meritorious women who have enlightened and enriched this state in so many different ways. This institution can be legitimately proud of a galaxy of alumnae who have distinguished themselves in various fields.