Aloysius' College, Edathua is a first grade college which has completed forty six years of glorious service to the cause of higher education. The college celebrated Ruby Jubilee in the academic year 2005-06 and is now a well-established NAAC accredited centre of learning offering a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The department of Commerce also offers facility for research leading to the award of Ph.D.
The college is situated in Edathua Panchayat of Kuttanad Taluk in the lake district of Alappuzha. It is the only temple of higher learning of the kind in the entire region of the one time granary of Kerala, Kuttanad. Standing atop the main building of the college, there is a panoramic view of the paddy fields, clothed in the richest green. The luxuriant greenery, meandering rivulets and the placid tranquility altogether provide a congenial atmosphere for learning and development.
St. Aloysius' College was founded in 1965 by St. George's Forane Church, Edathua. It was the realization of the vision and far sightedness of late Very. Rev. Fr. Zacharias Punnappadom (the first manager) and Dr. P.T. Joseph (the first Principal). The great visionaries had in their mind the noble task of imparting quality higher education in the backward agrarian region of Kuttanad which lacked any facility for higher education. The college, though run by the catholic minority community, admits students of all castes and creeds with due respect to different faiths and religious denominations.
The College had a very humble beginning. It started functioning in St. Aloysius High School as a junior college affiliated to the University of Kerala with 189 students, 9 teachers and 7 non-teaching staff. In 1966, the college was shifted to the present site. The institution owes an immense debt of gratitude to late Very Rev. Fr. Cyriac Kottayil who in his capacity as the manager was instrumental in erecting the main building of the college. In the year 1983, following the bifurcation of Kerala University the college came under the jurisdiction of the newly established Mahatma Gandhi University.
To meet the overgrowing demand for higher education in the region, the college was upgraded in 1977 by introducing undergraduate programme in Economics. Post graduate programme was introduced in 1984. The institution also offers facility for some cost sharing certificate courses like DCA, PGDCA etc to its stakeholders.
The College has now grown into a premier educational institution with 68 teaching staff, 34 non-teaching staff and 881 students on the rolls. It has now to its credit 9 UG courses and 3 PG courses. Besides it is the only approved distance education centre of Mahatma Gandhi University in the entire Kuttanad region.