Education in Kochi

Kerala is the most educated state in India. The literacy rate of Kerala is about 94.3%. Kochi, one of the most important city of Kerala, excels in literacy rate of the whole state.
As far as preliminary education in Kochi is concerned, the schools here are affiliated to either Kerala State Education Board, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education or Central Board of Secondary Education. The leading schools of Kochi are:
  • St.John De Britto Anglo Indian High School
  • St. Antony's Convent
  • St.Teresa's Girls Higher Secondary School
  • LMCC H.S.For Girls
  • St. Mary's Anglo Indian High School
  • St.John De Britto Anglo Indian High School
  • St.Mary's Convent High School
  • ACS English Medium U.P.S
  • Cardinal High School
  • St.Paul's English Medium School
  • All Kerala Assn for Mentally Retarded
After clearing the primary hurdle, the students in Kochi have plenty of options for their higher studies. There are numerous colleges in Kochi, affiliated to Cochin University or Mahatma Gandhi University. Some of the colleges in Kochi are:
  • Maharajas College
  • St. Albert's College
  • St. Teresa's College
  • Cochin College
Many colleges of Kochi also offers technical courses. Some such colleges are Model Engineering College, Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences, Toc-H Public School, School of Communication and Management Studies.

Central government has also put special emphasis on uplifting the education in Kochi. Consequently, major institutions have been put up in Kochi, for example, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Central Institutes of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training, National Institute of Oceanography and National University of Advanced Legal Studies.

Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training in Kochi

Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training in Kochi is an endeavor of the Government to increase the production of fish in the country. Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training at Kochi works towards increasing the standard of living in Kochi, through an increase in the total per capita income in Kochi.

Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training of Kochi was established in 1963 to meet the demands of the fishermen and fishing industry in Kochi. Owing to the success of the Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training in Kochi, similar units were opened at Chennai and Vizag in 1968 and 1981 respectively, in order to enhance the prospects of the fishing industry in Kochi.

Kochi Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training provide two regular courses for training the students. An estimate of the courses at Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training is as follows:

Course Duration Eligibility
Engine Driver Fishing Vessel Course 18 months 10th Standard.
Mate Fishing Vessel Course 18 months 10th Standard.


Furthermore, the mode of selection and age-limit for the above course are:
  • Mode of Selection - All India Entrance Examination.
  • Number of Seats - 100 (for each course).
  • Age limit - 17 to 20 years (The age limit is relax able by 5 years for the SC and ST categories).
  • Stipend - Rs 700.
It is noteworthy that the Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training in Kochi also provides seats to the candidates who are sponsored by the State Government, Private Fishing Industry and UT Public Sector. Moreover, the candidates who have passed the regular courses are required to obtain sea service in order to appear for the respective examinations.

Assissi Vidyaniketan

Assissi Vidyaniketan is a very popular public school in Kochi, running successfully since the year of its set up i.e., 1994. The school belongs to Vidyaniketan Institutions and is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi for the board examinations. The public school now also offers education of higher secondary level.

Vidyaniketan of Kochi has undergone a large development. The school started with a total of 277 students but the current calculation has gone up to 2231. The main aim of Assissi Vidyaniketan is to offer good quality education with an overall development so that the students excel in every phase of their life.

Assissi Vidyaniketan in Kochi is situated amidst one of the most beautiful locales at Kakkanad which is located on the fringes of the industrial capital. The school is spread over a land area of 12 acres with a canal flowing nearby. The serene environment of the school area facilitates learning amongst the students.

Assissi Vidyaniketan at Kochi offers the following facilities to its students so as to facilitate fast and effective learning among them:
  • A well stocked library with reading room facilities.
  • A well furnished computer laboratory that comprises of all the latest technologies so as to provide latest technological education.
  • Three separate well furnished laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • Quality food at subsidized rates for the school students.
  • A well equipped gymnasium for the students to work out so that they can remain healthy.
  • A fine stocked book store that offer general stationery, uniform materials and other accessories.
  • Recreational facilities such as Swimming Pool, Indoor and outdoor sports court, Language Laboratory, etc.
Applications for admissions in Assissi Vidyaniketan are invited in the months of October and November for Kindergarten, while for the higher classes the same is invited during the month of March. Applications forms and prospectus can be availed from the school campus. Candidates who have applied for admissions above Class II are required to clear an entrance examination which is held in the month of April every year.

Model Engineering College

The Model Engineering College abbreviated as MEC was inaugurated under the blessed auspices of the IHRD or Institute of Human Resource Development for Electronics in the year 1989. The Model Engineering College has made its presence felt in an awesome way and has introduced resurgence in the arena of technical education in the south-western city of Kochi.

The various courses that are offered by the Model Engineering College in Kochi are mentioned below:-

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electronics and Biomedical Engineering


As the Model Engineering College at Kochi lies at close proximity from perhaps two of the most revered and cherished venues, the Industrial centers amongst which Aluva is also included and Cochin Export Processing Zone abbreviated as CEPZ, the students are procured with an added vantage to imbibe something useful from these technologically sound centers.

It has been Dr Prof Suresh Kumar P, who has been serving his tenure as the principal of the Model Engineering College of Kochi for quite some years now. TEQIP or Technical Education and Quality Improvement Program have been hand-picked by the Model Engineering College for providing economic assistance regarding the accomplishment of a project with the World Bank. The amount that has been granted till date has been estimated to be 4.3 crores with the total amount being 10 crores.

The Model Engineering College has also been dowered with an affiliation from the Cochin University of Science and Technology. Many students have chosen this particular college to obtain their B.Tech degrees as they are procured with a variety of subjects.

Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences

Being considered to be the sole organization that procures facilities to conduct R&D activities and training programs in the emerging field of Photonics, Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences abbreviated as CELOS is one of its kind in Kochi. The Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences came into its glorious existence in the month of July in the year 2002 as an entirely secluded and independent wing of the Cochin University of Science and Technology or CUSAT. It was in the month of March of the year 2002 that the UGC or University Grants Commission dowered this esteemed organization called CUSAT with the coveted title of being 'University with Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences.

The volley of diversified activities that are being carried out by the Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences in Kochi are in collaboration with the International School of Photonics abbreviated as ISP and the department of Physics and Electronics of CELOS. It was not till recently that the UGC has granted a mammoth amount of approximately 35.45 million to the Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences of Kochi to upgrade their infrastructure and also commence maiden projects.

The major achievement of the Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences of Kochi was setting up a Spectra Physics make Ti:Sapphire pico/subpicosecond laser system endowed with an amplifier which serves to be a National Facility that deals with the dreaded natural calamity known as Tsunami. Other related fields where research work is being carried out by the Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences of Kochi are Fiber Optic Sensors, Microwave Photonics, Laser Produced Plasma, Optical Fiber Amplifier and Photonic Materials.

The Center of Excellence in Laser and Optoelectronic Sciences at Kochi also commenced an M.Sc course in Photonics.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies

National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was set up by the Kerala Government by merging Bar Council of Kerala Trust and National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) which was formed and administered by the Bar Council of Kerala. The law institute was formed by the Kerala Government by virtue of Act 27 of 2005. National University of Advanced Legal Studies at Kochi has joined hands with university of Paris - X in Nanterre at France through a Memorandum of Understanding i.e., MOU whereby the two would share their students, faculty and the outcomes of the research undertaken with one another.

The main mission of National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi is listed below:

  • To offer and facilitate learning and knowledge of law and legal and judicial processes and their role in national development.
  • To encourage learning and research of law in various disciplines such as management, science and technology, International corporations and development.
  • To inculcate among students and research scholars a sense of responsibility to serve the society in the field of law by nurturing skills of advocacy, legal services, legislation, law reforms, etc.
To work for the development and dignity of the profession of law in liaison with the Bar Council.

At present National University of Advanced Legal Studies of Kochi provides four main programs, two of which have been started from the current year. All the four degree programs are listed below:

  • BA
  • LLB (Hons.)
  • LLM
  • Ph.D.


Application forms and prospectus of Kochi National University of Advanced Legal Studies can be availed from the campus or by sending a demand draft for Rs 750. There are only 60 seats for the 5 year LLB program and out of these 5 seats are reserved for students from outside Kerala. Out of the remaining 55, 10% of the seats are reserved for SC/ST and 10% is reserved for candidates from other backward classes.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies offers the following facilities to its students:

  • Computer facilities
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Hostels for boys and girls
  • Xerox facility
  • Various forums for advanced learning


Last Updated on : February 10, 2016


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