About Opening on one side into the infinite expanse of the Vembanad lake, and in its conjuction, with the Arabian Sea, Maharaja's College, Ernakulam has a unique breezy Arcadian setting in the midst of the teeming Kochi metro-city. Started in 1875 by the then Maharaja of Kochi,this college was, all through those years a throbbing witness and an active participant in the socio-cultural and historical evolutions of the entire state of Kerala.The 10 acre campus and the 15 acre ground and stadium, the greenery and the giant trees, the freshwater ponds and the presence of a host of birds- all contribute to provide a soothing natural habitat. The imposingly long, spacious, meandering Base building, constructed in tune with the traditional architectural style is reported to have been modeled on the heritage structures of the University of Cambridge. These, with a few additional concrete buildings, cover a total area of 19, 525 sq.m and provide infrastructure facilities for the 19 disciplines of human resource development. It is one of the five Centers of Excellence in the state. It is an Autonomous College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and placed under Section 2(f) by the University Grants Commission (UGC). It is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council in 1999 at the level of three Stars and then had three re-accreditations all recognising it as an 'A Grade' College. The college was selected for the R. Sank'ar Award for the best Arts and Science College in 1996-97. The Government of Kerala has also given special heritage status to the college. The college functions as a human resource development centre with 16 regular programmes at UG level, and 19 at PG level. In addition it offers two self-financing vocational courses, a vocational BCom and three add-on courses. There are 9 research centres recognised by the MG University and involved in research in the frontier areas with national and international collaborations.