Government Arts & Science College, Calicut, Meenchanda, is one of the well-known colleges in Kerala established in 1964. Today the college has 2135 students, 94 Teachers and 48 Non-teaching staff members and the principal. The College is affiliated to the University of Calicut and is maintained according to the strict Government policy of admission based on merit and reservation for backward classes. Reservation for SC/ ST/OEC/SEBC are strictly followed. the College has a quota for Lakshadweep students and from its inception many students have graduated from this institution. One point of significance of the Govt. College is that the Teachers and Non-teaching staff are recruited through Kerala Public Service commission based on written test and interview, adhering to reservation policy. Out of the 94 Teachers, 22 have Ph.D. Degree and 18 have M. Phil Degree.
The College maintains an atmosphere conducive to the development of curricular as well as co-curricular activities. The Teachers and students have a healthy interaction in academic pursuit as well as co-curricular activities. One wings of combined (boys and girl) NCC is active in training and extension programs. Two NSS Units Nature Club, Career Guidance Cell, Grievance Redressal Forum, Parent-Teacher Association, Alumni Association, Co-operative store, Compulsory Social Service Scheme, Cricket Club etc., are lively agencies of this institution. The College has related itself with the needs of the neighboring people. A post Office functions in the campus with this motive. The Co-operative store provides Telephone facility for students and staff members. Every year, students form a College Union through an election. The College Union takes up the responsibility of representing their ideas, programs and problems.
The Staff Council, with the Principal as its Chairman, the heads of Departments and elected staff as its members, meet regularly to evaluate the needs and development of the College. Though the permission of the Government is required in all policy matters, the Principals, Teachers and students strive for the smooth functioning of the College with ambitions and dreams for a steady growth of the institution.
The college library is housed in two buildings constructed under the Local Area Development scheme of former M.P. Sri. K. Muraleedharan and Sri. M.K Raghavan. M.P. Construction of a new stack room using the plan fund of the state government, which is indented to solve the storage issue, is in progress.The Library has in its collection more than 70000 printed books, accesing 5000 electronic journals and one lakh electronic books through INFLIBNET’s N-List programme. The library is automated with KOHA software.
The language lab, set up with Govt. of Kerala aid is of great help to the students in the field of language acquisition and application of the soft skills. The utilization of this lab is not fully effective as the room still lack many accessories and technical perfection
The college has a good Edusat studio with all modern equipments and facilities like video conferencing for the benefit of the students and teachers. This year an amount of Rs. 5 lakhs has been spent for the renovation of the studio. Edusat teacher co-ordinator Sri. V. Abdulkarim of English department takes much care to maintain the studio in proper manner.
The co-operative store at the college provides steady supply of study materials and stationery items for the staff and students at a subsidized rate. All students and staff are the members of the store. There is an elected executive body for administration with the principal as president and Sri. P.K. Rajasekharan , Associate professor of physics, as secretary. Sri. T. Sahadevan is running the store.
The college has a good hostel for ladies constructed utilizing one crore each from the Kerala Govt. Plan fund and UGC grant. It was inaugurated on 8th September 2012 by Sri. P.K. Abdurab, Honorable minister for education, Kerala. It has opened to the students on 3rd August 2015. Dr. Shylaja Kumari, HOD, Department of Zoology is appointed as the warden. The hostel can accommodate 50 students.
The college canteen ensures the supply of hygienic and healthy food and refreshment to students and staff at affordable rates. The PTA of the college is instrumental in running the canteen in an admirable fashion. The construction of a student amenity centre, in which canteen, co-operative store and post office can be accommodated, is in progress. Once it is completed, the canteen which is now housed in a shed can be operated with better facilities.
VISION AND MISSION:
"TRANSFORMING GENERATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF WISDOM"
"TO IMPART QUALITY EDUCATION WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION"