The College
St. Joseph's provides you the tools to make your mark in the real world.

St. Joseph’s College for Women was conceived with the view to use education as a tool to bring about social development. Now it stands tall in the heartland of Alappuzha with the legacy of having empowered young women for the past 68 years. From 142 students and 14 teachers during its inception in 1954, to 1275 students in 10 graduate and 4 post graduate programmes, 66 teaching staff including permanent faculty and guest faculty and 23 non-teaching staff, we have come a long way. The path paved by the Canossian sisters, with its earthwork done by our patrons, benefactors, well-wishers and citizens of Alappuzha, is extended by the staff and students who tread through it every day.

The college upholds the precepts of the holy Foundress Magdalene of Canossa from Verona, Italy, who held that real value of education lies in the formation of hearts. The combination of virtue and knowledge is the dictum of the institution that ensures the shaping of value oriented, compassionate, responsible and responsive individuals. The college has been able to combine the core values of higher education upheld by the Higher Educational Council and NAAC with its own vision.


To form intellectually proficient, morally upright, socially committed, technologically empowered and spiritually enthused young women who will contribute effectively to building a better society grounded in the values of truth, justice and love.


To provide value based education with the aim of nurturing socially responsible individuals capable of performing effectively in diverse roles.

To promote holistic development of the student community through unique academic delivery of domain knowledge and employability skills.

To provide an empowering environment which facilitates actualization of the potential of teacher and learner.

To ensure access to training which equips students with personal, professional and technological competencies.

To encourage activities which further the goals of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

To create a positive impact on the quality of life of the community through proactive response to societal concerns.

College Anthem

We want to grow in virtue and in knowledge We want to strive for excellence and peace He holds us by His hand and guides us through this land Where virtue peace and knowledge is our goal

Sing along Canossa’s song A song of joy and goodness all the day Josephites, shine abright and spread The radiance of your golden light Burning, burning bright

And when our days of training are all over We’ll turn to God with gratitude and love With courage we’ll sing, whatever life may bring We’ll open wide our hearts to Him above

Lyrics and Music by : Rev. M. Olive d’ Silva (Former Principal) and Retd Prof. Ramani Varghese (Dept of English) 


Our Journey
Code of Conduct

  • The Principal shall be the final authority regarding student discipline and academic matters of the college.
  • The Principal shall behave in such a manner that commands respect from all stakeholders, especially by upholding integrity, dignity, decorum and efficiency at all levels.
  • Impartiality shall be the guiding principle in all the decisions that the Principal takes.
  • Attempt shall be made to be calm, tolerant and non-partisan while dealing with pertinent issues among students and subordinates.
  • There shall be no discrimination among the faculty members and students on grounds of gender, colour, creed and caste.
  • Promote and encourage creativity and development of skills, talents, scholarship and responsible freedom in the campus.
  • The Principal shall give an honest evaluation of colleagues, without any deliberate distortions.
  • The Principal shall make arrangements to collect feedback from outgoing students on academic and infrastructural facilities.
  • The Principal shall take an annual feedback from both the administrative and teaching staff to improve administrative effectiveness.
  • The Principal shall delegate responsibilities and empower members of the staff on the basis of their competence and experience in a purely professional manner and ensure a positive output.
  • The Principal shall ensure that the functioning of the college and its financial practices are in tune with the institutional policy.
  • The Principal shall judiciously heed the advice of PTA, College Council and other statutory bodies.

General Guidelines
Teaching is a noble vocation and therefore a teacher shall attempt to live up to its ideals.
A teacher shall be calm and patient by temperament and amiable in disposition.
Teachers shall promote a sound value system by practicing it in both professional and personal life.
Teachers shall take care to dress in an appropriate and modest manner. 

The language used and the demeanour of the teachers shall be one, which commands respect and love.
Teachers should aim for continous professional growth continuous through study and research
Teachers shall maintain active membership of professional organisations and strive to attain the objectives that justify such organized groups.

Interactions with Colleagues
Treat your colleagues as professional equals with respect, regardless of their status.
Refrain from lodging unsubstantial allegations against colleagues to higher authorities
Avoid open confrontation of whatever nature among the faculty before teachers of other departments.
Speaking ill of colleagues or higher authorities, especially in the presence of students, other teachers, officials or parents should be strictly refrained
Respect the professional opinions of your colleagues and promote a culture of give and take.
Speak constructively of other teachers, but report honestly to responsible persons in matters involving the welfare of students, the college system,
and the profession.
Support noble ventures of the colleagues that are useful for the institution, students and the society.
Avoid professional jealousy and dispute with colleagues especially when you have to work together for the common interest of the institution
When there is a dispute with another member of the faculty, clarify with the person concerned first. If not able to settle approach the Grievance Redressal Cell of the College, or the Principal.
Structural Principles
Teacher should be regular and punctual and should report on time for classes. Teachers should be available in campus from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
Teachers can leave the campus during their working hours only with the permission of the principal.
Teachers should be present in all the programmes organized for the students to maintain discipline and encourage students.
Head of the Department has the prerogative of temporarily assigning a member of staff to teach a class in the absence of a teacher.
Steps should be taken to ensure that students are engaged productively in the absence of teachers. Heads of the Departments are expected to make
arrangements for the same.
Prior approval in writing should be obtained before proceeding on leave except in case of casual leaves.
In case of illness or emergency, inform the Principal and the Head of the Department without delay.

When meetings are called or programmes are arranged where a teacher’s presence is unaviodabe, care should be taken to arrange their scheduled
classes with the help of other teachers.
Professional Practices
Teachers should attend all the meetings convened by the HoD or Principal without fail
Teachers should creatively and constructively engage and share their ideas and suggestions in the meetings without fear or favouritism.
Teachers should abide by the decisions taken at such meetings even if it is against the personal interests of the teacher.

Teachers should perform their duties in the form of teaching, tutorial, practical, seminar and research work conscientiously and with dedication.
Teachers should co operate and assist in carrying out functions relating to the educational responsibilities of the college and the university such as:
assisting in appraising applications for admission, advising and counseling students as well as assisting in the conduct of university and college examinations, including evaluation
Teachers should participate in extension, co curricular and extra curricular activities including community service.
Teachers should handle the subjects assigned by the Head of the Department.
Teachers should complete the syllabus in time. Teachers shall produce good results in the subjects handled by them and are accountable for the
Teachers should demonstrate to students their commitment towards excellence in work, manners and achievement.
Teachers shall make efforts to use the ICT facilities available in college.
Teachers should promote creativity and non-conventional methods of teaching.
Teachers should refrain from developing undue familiarity with students.
Teachers and the Students
Teachers should:

respect the right and dignity of the student in expressing her opinion.
deal justly and impartially with students regardless of their religion, caste, political, economic social and physical characteristics
recognise the difference in aptitude and capabilities among students and strive to meet their individual needs
encourage students to improve their attainments, develop their personalities and at the same time contribute to community welfare
inculcate among students scientific outlook and respect for physical labour and ideals of democracy, patriotism and peace
be affectionate to the students and not behave in a vindictive manner towards any of them for any reason
pay attention to only the attainment of the student in the assessment of merit
make themselves available to the students even beyond their class hours and help and guide students without any remuneration or reward
aid students to develop an understanding of our national heritage andnational goals; and refrain from inciting students against other students, colleagues or administration.
Teachers should refrain from undertaking any other employment and commitment including private tutions and coaching classes.
Teachers should co operate in the formulation of policies of the institution by accepting various offices asingned to them by institutional authorities and discharge responsibilities which such offices may demand.
Teachers should treat the non teaching staff as colleagues and equal partners in a cooperative undertaking, within every educational institution and help in the function of joint staff councils covering both teachers and the non teaching staff.
Teachers should maintain contact with the guardians of the students, send reports of the performance of their wards and whenever necessary meet the guardians in meetings convened for the purpose.

Enable mutual exchange of ideas for the benefit of the institution.
Social Responsibilities
Teachers are expected to perform the duties of citizenship, and to participate in community activities.
Teachers should maintain objectivity while discussing controversial issues and keep students free from biased opinion and comments
Teachers should refrain from taking part in or subscribing to or assisting in any way activities which tend to promote feelings of hatred or enemity among different communities, religions or linguistic groups but actively work for National Integration.
Actively participate and encourage the involvement of students in social service activities
Work to improve education in the community and to strengthen the community’s moral, spiritual and intellectual life
Ensure that students respect teachers, parents and authorities 

Encourage students to show respect and appreciation for personal and public property
Assist students to exercise tolerance as they strive for understanding others’ ideas and beliefs
Promote and instill a feeling of pride in self, institution and community
Promote green culture and inculcate in students the value of respecting Mother Earth.

The Administrative Staff must be present in the office from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM.
They shall not leave the campus during the working hours on any grounds without the permission of the Principal.
They should work sincerely for the effective administration of the institution.
Their behavior should be polite and cordial towards students and teachers.
The dressing and general appeal of the administrative staff should be decent and modest.

Students Responsibilities of Learning
The student shall
Appreciate the institutional goals and objectives and contribute to the realization of the same by participating in relevant institutional activities.
Have a clear knowledge of the programmes, admission policies, rules and regulations of the institution.
Follow the time schedules, rules and regulations of the institution.
Undertake regular and study of learning materials.
Make optimum use of the learning resources and other support services available in the institution.
Prepare for continuous internal assessment and term end examinations.
Give feedback for system improvement.
Have faith and ability to pursue lifelong learning.
Live as worthy alumni of the institution.
Directives to the Students
Each student of St Joseph’s College has a duty towards the college.
She plays a vital role in building up the good name of the college making it a place of higher education and character formation.
All the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of an educated Indian citizen on the campus and outside. Such conduct based on respect for the dignity and rights of individuals, respect for personal property and honesty both academic and personal, is called for from everyone.

All the students are answerable to the Principal for their conduct and behaviour inside the college. 
Every morning work begins with a prayer session. Students, wherever they are should stand in attention when the prayer song begins and keep standing till the session ends. 
Students should standup when the teacher enters the classroom and are expected to greet the teacher appropriately when she enters and say “Thank you” when she leaves the classroom.
No student will enter or leave the classroom when the session is on without the permission of the teacher concerned.
Students are expected to show respect to the teachers and administrative staff of the college both inside and outside the campus. It is impolite to enter a room without permission.
Students are expected to be properly dressed on non-uniform days.
Showy clothes are to be avoided. They are expected to be dignified in their dress and general behavior.
Students must wear uniform (Green on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, Lavender on Tuesday & Thursday) on all days, even during exams and extra classes on Saturdays/holidays.
Political activism is strictly banned in the campus. Students are forbidden to organize or attend meetings other than the official ones.
Students are advised not to submit mass petitions to the Principal. If they have any grievance or complaint their representatives may meet her personally and present their problems.
Any student who is persistently insubordinate, who is repeatedly or willfully mischievous, who is guilty of fraud or malpractice in connection with examinations or who, in the opinion of the Principal, is likely to have undesirable influence on her fellow students, shall be removed from the rolls. The removal shall either be temporary or permanent according to the gravity of the offence.
Students are strictly forbidden from bringing mobile phones to the campus. If a student wishes to retain a mobile phone without camera she should get permission from the principal through the parent, after which it should be kept in the department or at the office. (Kerala University Circular No Ad. Misc/2/041160/2009-2010, dt 13.11.2009)
Students are expected to spend their free hours in the library/Reading room. They should not loiter along the verandahs or crowd at the gate or about the office.
The college office does not have the responsibility of handling the private mail or properties of the students. For the safe delivery of the mail on time, the students are directed to make the necessary arrangements, so that their mail is delivered at their residence.
Students are expected to avail themselves of the special help provided to them by means of Value Education Programmes, Seminars, Retreats and similar activities to enrich their lives and become better citizens.
Ragging is totally banned in the institution and if found guilty of the same, it is liable to be punished appropriately as per UGC Regulation on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009.
Any student who is found indulging in actions that go against ethics and are detrimental to the reputation of this institution shall be asked to leave the college.
Election to the College Union, will be conducted under Parliamentary mode, as per Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations, under the verdict of the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala in WPC No.19411 of 2012, the directions issued by the University.
No meeting or entertainment shall be organized nor any fund collected in the college or the hostels without the permission of the Principal.
Students should not go outside the college during class hours. In the event of unavoidable necessity they should seek special permission of the Principal/Head of the Department.
Students shall always wear identity cards issued by the college with tag and show them as and when demanded by the Principal, teachers and office staff/ security staff.
All cultural programmes will have to undergo a screening. No programme shall be staged without the sanction of the screening committee.
Excursion /Tours/Academic trips etc.
Trips should be undertaken under the guidance and supervision of at least two trained teachers.
The itinerary and travel plan, avoiding night travel, should be prepared well in advance, and circulated among the parents/guardians of the students concerned.
Consent letters from the parents/guardians is mandatory before embarking on tour.
Before embarking on tour the students should be properly briefed. The participants should be reminded of the importance of safety precautions, team spirit and discipline.
Ensure that each student is medically fit to be a part of the excursion/tour.
If camping is involved, only such sites designated for the purpose by various government agencies should be selected. Also ensure that the sites are free from hazards.
Students should be allowed to carry personal communication devices such as mobile phones and should be instructed to remain in constant touch with their parents/ guardians.
Students shall not enter classrooms other than their own.
Students should not disfigure the walls, doors, windows and furniture.
Insubordination to teachers, habitual neglect of class work, vulgarity in word and deed, fraud or malpractice are sufficient reasons for serious disciplinary action.
No student shall use or keep in possession alcoholic drinks or drugs.
Using/keeping of these items will lead to immediate expulsion of the student from college.
Any damage by students to college property, furniture and building will be made good at their expenses.