Kizhoor is a remote village adjacent to Kunnamkulam town, in Thrissur District. The long cherished dream of the local people to have a centre of Higher Education in Kizhoor became a reality on 30-09-1981 with the foundation of Sree Vivekananda College.
The formation of the college was a long felt need. Its design can be traced back to the 30-06-1980 decision of the Cochin Devaswom Board, with Sri.N.Ramankutty Achan as president, Sri.A.S.Chakrapani and Sri.T.K.Krishnan as members, to start a regular Arts and Science College at Kizhoor in the Kunnamkulam Municipal area. A committee with Sri.K.P.Viswanathan MLA as chairman and Sri.V.A.Raghavan(Municipal Chairman) as secretary comprising eminent citizens from various walks of life was constituted for this purpose. The Government of Kerala accorded sanction for starting the College at Kizhoor hill owned by the Cochin Devaswom Board, adjacent to the famous Karthiayani temple. In deference to the popular wish it was resolved to name the college as SREE VIVEKANANDA COLLEGE.
The College started functioning in the academic year 1981-82 with two pre-degree batches. The first phase of construction of the college building was completed in 1984 and the college was shifted to the new building in the same year. The College was upgraded as a Degree College in 1991 with the commencement of B.A. English course. The B.Com degree course with IT Law was started in 1993. Vivekananda became a First Grade college with the starting of M.Com course in 1998. In the very next year, B.A.Malayalam course was started. In the year 2012 the College was upgraded by the UGC with 12(B) and 2(f) status. M.A. in English course was started in the year 2014. At present the college has P.G programme in Commerce and English and U.G programme in Commerce, English and Malayalam.