At a food conference held in New Delhi, during the early fifties, the government of India explored the possibility of starting an Agricultural College and a Veterinary College somewhere in south India for which an amount of Rs. 51 lakh each was set aside. The government of India also stipulated that these colleges should start functioning by August, 1955. the states of Hyderabad, Mysore and Madras welcomed the offer but demanded more time. Sri George Thomas, the then Secretary to Government (food) who represented the Travancore Cochin state in the meeting agreed and committed that both the colleges would find light in the state within the time specified by the Government of India.
The matter was then placed before the the then Chief Minister Sri. Panampilly Govinda Menon, who called an urgent cabinet meeting to discuss the details of implementation of these projects. The cabinet decided to start a Veterinary College at Mannuthy and an Agricultural College at Vellayani by I August, 1955.